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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