Kildare County

One-Day Heritage Tour:

  • Start your day at Tully’s, Irish National Stud with a trip around the globe on thoroughbred breeding and then meander around the serenity of the gardens.
  • Head to Kildare town to visit St. Brigid’s Cathedral and Round Tower, exploring the monastic roots of the county.
  • Enjoy lunch in one of Kildare town’s cozy cafés before visiting Kildare Village for some premium outlet shopping.
  • End your day with a dinner in Naas, sampling local cuisine in a town known for its lively dining scene.

Two-Day Adventure and Leisure:

Day 1: Discover the grandeur of Castletown House in Celbridge, with its sumptuous architecture and the opportunity for riverside walks. Move on to Maynooth to check out the university and its grounds, packed with history. Spend the night in Maynooth to take the nightlife of the town for a sample.

Day 2: Head for Mondello Park for some morning motorsport action or indeed a driving experience. Perhaps this afternoon is the time to tone it down a gear or two with some golf at one of Kildare’s flagship golf courses or pamper yourself with a spa day at one of the county’s top-class hotels.

Three-Day Cultural Exploration:

Day 1: Leaving from Athy, visit the Shackleton Museum dedicated to the Antarctic explorer. In the afternoon, the cruise would start along the canal from Sallins, admiring the tranquility and beauty of the waterways of Kildare.

Day 2: Get stuck into Kildare’s equestrian culture with a visit to the racecourse at Curragh. If you’re planning to time your visit for when there’s racing going on, it would definitely be most rewarding. Take a walk out onto the nearby Curragh Plains with a guide.

Day 3: Move on to Newbridge for the day. Be sure to call into the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre to see the Museum of Style Icons before spoiling yourself with some well-deserved shopping in the Showroom. Round off the visit by catching a show at the Riverbank Arts Centre.

Weeklong Discovery of Kildare:

Combining the above itineraries gives you far more time to explore County Kildare and its heritage, including a chance for leisurely walks in Donadea Forest Park, time out at the family-friendly Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park, and spending an evening in Leixlip Village with a castle and a lively café culture. Ensure to dine in local gastro-pubs and restaurants to savor the flavors of Kildare.

These itineraries map the rich experiences on offer in County Kildare, from the excitement of historical exploration to the authenticity of cultural activities, outdoor adventures, and tantalizing culinary experiences guaranteed to live long in the memory of any visitor staying in Ireland’s Ancient East.