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The inland county of Kildare presents an insight into Ireland’s rural heritage. Enjoy a slower pace of life when you explore Kildare’s lowland countryside and farming communities or get your heart rate up at one of the county’s thrilling horseracing events. Travel from village to village by canal boat or stroll around Kildare’s magical forest reserves. A tour around some of Kildare’s towns will present you with a fascinating cultural landscape that includes modern monuments and historical sites.
The county town, Naas, presents a trip back to medieval Ireland with its ancient fortifications and castle church. Southwest from here lies the centuries-old cathedral town of Kildare, which features the stunning 13th-century St. Brigid’s Cathedral adjoined with a round tower from the 12th century. Go shopping in the town’s bustling Kildare Village and refresh your wardrobe or pick up souvenirs for loved ones.
Check out one of Ireland’s largest mansions at Castletown House and take a guided tour around the estate. Burtown House is another historic highlight with period décor and sprawling gardens. The northern village of Maynooth is renowned for its Catholic seminary school and the picturesque ruins of a 13th-century castle.
Travel along one of Ireland’s historic arteries when you go on a boat ride along the Grand Canal. This canal traverses the country from Dublin in the east to the River Shannon in the west. Enjoy the tranquility of Kildare’s Donadea Forest Park, which is an expansive woodland with sights for all seasons.
Lovers of horseracing will revel in the sport’s Irish home. Visit the Curragh Racecourse in Newbridge or attend the Irish National Hunt Festival at Punchestown Racecourse. The Irish National Stud & Gardens in Tully is a thoroughbred horse breeding facility with a museum and a Japanese-style garden.
With Dublin located a little over an hour’s drive away, County Kildare is easily accessible by plane or ferry arriving to the Irish capital. The county is well connected by intercity bus and rail networks. For a thrilling daytrip or a relaxing getaway, Kildare is a great destination for Ireland’s living history.
Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Craddockstown Golf Club and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Naas Racecourse. Punchestown Racecourse and Bodenstown Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This family-friendly Maynooth hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Maynooth Castle, Rye River, and Maynooth National Science Museum. St. Patrick's College is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away.
This family-friendly Naas hotel is located in the suburbs, within 2 mi (3 km) of Naas Racecourse and Craddockstown Golf Club. Bodenstown Golf Club and Punchestown Racecourse are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Kildare, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kildare Cathedral, Kildare Shopping Village, and Irish National Stud. Curragh Racecourse and Hill of Allen are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Castletown House and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lucan Golf Club and Maynooth Castle. St. Patrick's College and Castlewarden Golf Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated on a river, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of St. Patrick's College, War Memorial Gardens, and Kilmainham Gaol Historical Museum. Irish Museum of Modern Art and Phoenix Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Athy, this family-friendly hotel is 6.1 mi (9.8 km) from Ballintubbert Gardens, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Stradbally Steam Museum and Stradbally Narrow Gauge Steam Train. Rock of Dunamase and Dr. Cullen Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in Moyvalley, this golf hotel is 15.3 mi (24.6 km) from Trim Castle and within 25 mi (40 km) of St. Patrick's College and Mullingar Golf Club. War Memorial Gardens and Guinness Storehouse are also within 32 mi (52 km).