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Irish attraction named among world’s most underrated tourist hotspots

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An Irish tourist hotspot ranks among the world’s most underrated attractions, according to a new study.

The National Stud and Gardens in Co Kildare is the second most underrated tourist hotspot in the world, according to TripAdvisor reviews.

Research by flight booking site Wingie analysed TripAdvisor reviews for the top 50 tourist experiences in every country. The ranking was based on the number of keywords indicating whether an experience was perceived as underrated relative to the total number of reviews. A list of 40 keywords and phrases was tracked. An overall percentage score was then calculated to determine the ranking.

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The Irish National Stud and Gardens received 2,713 compliments from pleasantly surprised visitors compared to 1,857 reviews, an average of one and a half per visitor. Almost two-fifths (39%) of visitors called the area ‘beautiful,’ frequently describing their experience as ‘interesting’ (358), ‘excellent’ (217), ‘friendly’ (209), and ‘amazing’ (205).

It is home to a number of horse racing legends, including National Hunt greats Faugheen, Hurricane Fly and Beef Or Salmon, as well as numerous stallions such as Phoenix Of Spain, Lucky Vega and Invincible Spirit.

Trained by Willie Mullins, Faugheen became a fan favourite during his racing career, winning 11 Grade Ones, including the 2015 Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, with Hurricane Fly winning two Champion Hurdles and holding the world record for the most Grade 1 (or Group 1) races (22) until overtaken by Australian horse Winx in 2019.

Faugheen(Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

Beef Or Salmon’s wins over fences include three Lexus Chases, three Hennessy Gold Cups and the 2004 Punchestown Gold Cup.

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