Tour: The buildings and art of the Irish horse, 2017 – Dates to be confirmed

The Irish have been synonymous with the horse for centuries, and over the centuries built very fine stables, riding schools and hunting lodges to house, breed, and to view their favourite animal, be they beasts of burden, war, or pleasure. Indeed it has been said that on occasion they housed their horses in better conditions than themselves. When the stables were then balanced on one side of a country house with the kitchens on the other, the true

Palladian architectural layout was achieved, a both elegant and practical solution, and this arrangement can be seen throughout the country.

Many were designed by the main architects of the 18th and 19th centuries. There are a small number of hunting lodges, the best being the mysterious classical octagon of the 1750s, Castlecor, perhaps modelled on Stupinigi or Clemenswerth, and the delicate Gothick Revival Luggala, built c.1790. The Riding School of Collins Barracks in Dublin dates from 1746 and that at Russborough is mid-19th century. There are also a number of superb contemporary complexes housing the best of the modern Irish studs.

For further details or to register your

interest, please contact Tina Graham: or telephone

0207 529-8920.