Dartfield Horse Museum in Galway is a purpose built facility, one of Ireland’s premier tourist attractions dedicated to telling the 5000 year old story of man’s relationship with the horse.
Explore their walking trails, see the farm animals and take part in the many activities available, including horse riding, 4×4 off road driving, carriage rides, sheep dog demonstrations, archery, clay pigeon shooting, falconry displays and a whole lot more, including the only museum in the world dedicated to Irish horses, Connemara ponies and Irish dogs.
You can watch demonstrations by the Master Blacksmith, Stephen Quinn, while he works and learn about his job. He has his everyday workshop set up here in Dartfield and welcomes every visitor to his workshop.
Dartfield Museum Hall of Fame details some of Ireland’s most famous equine superstars.
Dartfield is set amongst 350 acres of parkland and visitors are welcome to enjoy and explore the parking on foot, on horseback or by horse-drawn carriage and see deer, cattle, sheep and Irish horses and Connemara ponies. The parkland around Dartfield house was developed to create the Dartfield event course. Just remember to pre-book horse riding and carriage rides.
Dartfield has a large saddlery and gift shop. They stock a comprehensive range of saddlery, rugs and clothing for horse and rider. There is also an extensive range of gifts and clothing for adults.
Dartfield Horse Museum and Park
Dartfield Horse Museum and Park is the first museum of its kind in the world which deals specifically with the Irish horse and its 5000 year old relationship with man.
The performance horse of today had its origins in the humble farmyard. Displays within the museum chart the development of the different Irish breeds. Within the museum complex there are live examples of the Irish breeds, as well as other examples of the world’s favourite breeds. There are exhibits of historic farm machinery and carriages which will give all visitors an insight into the vital role played by the Irish horse in bygone years.
There is also a library, art gallery as well as veterinary exhibits, harnesses and artefacts from almost every branch of equestrianism.
There are exhibits of historic farm machinery and carriages which will give visitors an insight into the vital role played by the Irish horse throughout Irish history. Amongst the historic carriages is a brougham which once belonged to Lillie Langry.
Dartfield Museum Opening Times
The museum is open all year round from 9.00 – 18.00 daily
The museum has facilities for the disabled and is an ideal venue for coach parties, school tours
Horse riding is available by the hour, half or full day. The course is designed to suit all levels of ability and lessons are also available for riding, or jumping tuition. Riding lessons are available on their safe and experienced ponies, from one of Dartfield caring and professional teachers.
Archery has historically been used for hunting and combat, while in more modern times, its main use is that of a competitive sport and recreational activity which they offer at Dartfield.
Join them for an hour of fun any day between 9am and 6pm. Groups welcome!
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Clay Pigeon Shooting is an exciting activity that they are delighted to have at Dartfield. Test your reaction speed and aim as you try and hit a moving target. They will give you some tips and show you how it’s done but as soon as you say “Pull” you’re on your own!
School Tours At Dartfield Museum
Dartfield Horse Museum a world away from traditional tours. These visits are designed specifically to educate, stimulate and fascinate students. The education department at Dartfield works with the curriculum to ensure that the maximum learning opportunities for students alongside value for money within a safe, fun environment. Work charts are available to students to be completed both before and after a visit to ensure that the maximum benefit is gained from Dartfield.
Price includes – fully supervised educational programme, all equipment, snack meal and drink, free place for accompanying adults.
The tours sections is ONLY for international equestrian students.
For more details please contact the museum
Directions To Dartfield Horse Museum Galway
Dartfield is situated to the east of Galway city, on the main Dublin to Galway road, the N6, between the towns of Ballinasloe and Loughrea. It is 27 miles from Galway, 4 miles from Loughrea and 12 from Ballinasloe. See Google map at top of page.