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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 within 3 miles (5 km) of Naas Golf Club, Moat Theatre and Craddockstown Golf Club. Naas Racecourse is 2.5 mi (3.9 km) away.
This family-friendly Maynooth hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Maynooth Castle, Rye River and Maynooth College Visitor Centre. St. Patrick's College is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away.
This family-friendly Naas hotel is located in the suburbs, within a 15-minute walk of Naas Golf Club and Moat Theatre. Craddockstown Golf Club and Naas Racecourse are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Maynooth Castle, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Castletown House and Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Zoo are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Located in Clane, this family-friendly hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Bodenstown Golf Club, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Naas Golf Club and Moat Theatre. Donadea 9/11 Memorial and Mondello Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Whitewater Shopping Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Curragh Racecourse and The Curragh Golf Club. Kildare Cathedral and Kildare Shopping Village are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Castletown House and within 6 miles (10 km) of Lucan Golf Club and Leixlip Castle. Primrose Hill and Maynooth Castle are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Kildare, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Kildare Cathedral and Kildare Shopping Village. Japanese Gardens and St. Fiachra's Gardens are also within 1 mile (2 km).