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County Kildare Holiday Guide

A small but populous region, County Kildare lies in the east midlands of the Republic of Ireland and shares a border with County Dublin. Its vibrant towns and varied range of activities reflect County Kildare’s proximity to the capital. From shopping in Newbridge to a trip to the races, you’re sure to find something to your tastes.

As one of the lower lying regions in Ireland, County Kildare is relatively rare for an Irish county in that its landscape is mostly flat. While it may not be the spot for mountain climbing, there are still plenty of natural wonders to enjoy, such as the Straffan Butterfly Farm or Ireland’s largest hedge maze in the county town of Naas.

Shopping in County Kildare

Complete with a shopping centre specialising in luxury retail, Kildare Town is definitely the top spot for chic shopping. Alternatively, head to Newbridge Silverware Centre where you can pick up a silver souvenir and grab a bite to eat. Newbridge also houses the Museum of Style Icons, a permanent and popular free exhibition, with memorabilia and clothing from a range of stars from the silver screen.

Horseracing in County Kildare

The centre of the Irish horse racing industry, Kildare breeds more racehorses than any other Irish county. As well as numerous stud farms, you’ll find racecourses in Punchestown, Curragh and Kildare’s county town, Naas.

Straffan Butterfly Farm in County Kildare

If you’re not keen on horseracing, head to Straffan Butterfly Farm. Straffan lies on a stretch of the River Liffey, making this the perfect spot to get up close to some beautiful butterflies and even giant stick insects. The staff here are friendly and helpful, actively encouraging visitors to get hands on with the insects. This fun and educational afternoon out is great for kids and adults alike.

Visit Naas in County Kildare

Pay a visit to Naas, the county town of Kildare, for some culture, shopping and great eating. Naas is also home to Ireland’s largest hedge maze. Whatever age you might be, this attraction is great fun for the whole family. Trail through the maze, get thoroughly lost and then celebrate your escape with a game of crazy golf! The surrounding gardens are also perfect for a picnic in the summertime.

Heritage in County Kildare

Find out a bit about Ireland’s heritage with a trip to Castleton House, a resplendent 18th century Palladian mansion in Celbridge. Built in 1722, this ostentatious grey stone residence is a real site of opulence. Although some of its estate has been sold off over the years, it still boasts much of its original 550 acres and is a wonderful place for a tranquil walk with the family or a loved one.

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Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Club £85
Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Club

Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Club

Straffan Road, Maynooth
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 286 reviews
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    This family-friendly Maynooth hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maynooth Castle and St. Patrick's College. Lucan Golf Club and Bodenstown Golf Club are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Silken Thomas £63
    Silken Thomas

    Silken Thomas

    The Square, Kildare
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 104 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Located in the heart of Kildare, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Kildare Cathedral and Kildare Shopping Village. Irish National Stud is 1 mi (1.7 km) away.

      Osprey Hotel £87
      Osprey Hotel

      Osprey Hotel

      Devoy Quarter, Naas
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 347 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        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 Toughers Industrial Estate are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Killashee Hotel £96
        Killashee Hotel

        Killashee Hotel

        Kilcullen Road, Naas
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 418 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          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. Toughers Industrial Estate and Punchestown Racecourse are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Carton House £109
          Carton House

          Carton House

          Maynooth, Maynooth
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 208 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            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).

            The K Club £215
            The K Club

            The K Club

            Straffan, Straffan
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 49 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Bodenstown Golf Club, Castlewarden Golf Club, and Maynooth Castle. Lucan Golf Club and Newcastle Golf Centre are also within 9 miles (15 km).

              The Court Yard Hotel £76
              The Court Yard Hotel

              The Court Yard Hotel

              Main Street, Leixlip
                 
                4.6
                of 5, from 330 reviews
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                Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of St. Patrick's College, War Memorial Gardens and Kilmainham Gaol Historical Museum. Irish Museum of Modern Art and Blanchardstown Shopping Centre are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                Clanard Court £66
                Clanard Court

                Clanard Court

                Dublin Road, Athy
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 109 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  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 miles (20 km).

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