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Pocket Guide: Leixlip

Leixlip has a range of hotels on offer, with lots to offer every traveller on a mid-range budget. Guests will enjoy sleeping in some airy, comfy rooms with a friendly, welcoming service from Leixlip hotel staff. You’ll also find various perks and personal touches to give you that extra welcome.

Booking a three star hotel is a great start to making your holiday in Leixlip. A hotel will allow some room in your budget for some of the other attractions in this old frontier town near Dublin. Leixlip has a host of historical and cultural sites, as well as some marvellous natural and scenic attractions – not to mention a long connection with Guinness.

History and Heritage of Leixlip

Leixlip was once on the border of the old Irish kingdoms of Leinster and Brega, and was an outpost of The Pale – the area around Dublin controlled by the English that is said to have given to the phrase “beyond the pale”.

The Vikings settled in Leixlip as they couldn’t row their longships any further upstream. The Vikings won a famous victory at the Battle of Confey, defeating the King of Leinster. Leixlip Castle dates back to the Norman invasion of the 12th Century and is built on a rock at the confluence of the River Liffey and the Rye Water. The name is Old Norse for “salmon leap” and is derived from a five-metre high waterfall that was a local landmark until 1945 when a hydroelectric dam was built.

Those interested in architectural history will enjoy visiting Castletown House. This 18th century building was the first Palladian-style house to be built in Ireland and its design was copied by the architects of the White House in Washington DC. There is also an intriguing building in the form of the Wonderful Barn, a cone-shaped building at the eastern edge of Castletown.

Plan Your Visit to Leixlip from the Comfort of Your Hotel

Leixlip is famous for its annual festival every June. There is a street carnival, open-air concerts featuring well-known Irish bands such as the Hothouse Flowers, as well as plenty of entertainment in the town’s many pubs.

Leixlip’s Best Restaurants

Leixlipers have several good restaurant options in town and it’s not far from the western suburbs of Dublin so there is no shortage of places to eat. The very first Guinness brewery was set up in Leixlip in 1755 and there are lots of ways to find a glass of the black stuff in town.

Leixlip – a Great Place to Stay

Leixlip has some excellent hotels that will allow you to explore the town and surrounds. Check out the deals available on Expedia – every holidaymaker will find something to impress them about Leixlip.