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Kildare, known as the thoroughbred county due to its connection with horses, has much to offer the visitor. The county includes many different landscapes from the Curragh Plains & the Bog of Allen, to rich farm lands, the Liffey & Barrow Rivers and the Royal & Grand Canals.
County Kildare boasts some of the country’s most important historical and monastic sites. It includes sites such as St. Brigid’s monastic settlement, the birthplace of Ernest Shakleton, 5 ancient round towers (including the highest accessible one in Kildare Town) and Oughterard, the burial place of Sir Arthur Guinness. Visitors can experience Ireland’s Ancient East at its best here.
There are a range of activities and attractions in Kildare such as Ireland's oldest golf club, horse racing and riding, canal walks and cruises, activity centres, world renowned motor racing, great food, fantastic shopping, homely hotels, welcoming people and a lively nightlife – you could say that in Kildare, you can experience it all!
Activities & Attractions
We have compiled a huge list of activities & attractions around County Kildare, click any of the categories below to get started!
Kildare is a county rich in both natural and built heritage. From towers to bog-lands and waterways to abbeys there is something of interest for all.
While there are plenty of activities for families among the other links here, sometimes kids just want to play! Here there is a selection of activities just for the kids to enjoy and the adults to take a moment to relax.
Gardens & Parks
Kildare is home to some fine examples of ancient natural woodlands, parklands and landscaped gardens both new and dating back many centuries.
County Kildare has a great variety of locally owned shops, artisan producers and larger retailers. It is also the home of world renowned Kildare Village Outlet (only 5 minutes from the Heritage Town of Kildare!) and Newbridge Silverware.
Kildare is known for its fantastic horseracing and connection to the thoroughbred industry but it also hosts a large selection of other outdoor pursuits. Golf, activity centres and boating are just a small example of how to get out and about in County Kildare.
Explore Kildare on foot! Many towns in Kildare are compact and lend themselves to being explored on a relaxing stroll. The county also allows for longer distance hikes over a variety of terrain such as hills, grassy plains, along tranquil towpaths and woodlands.
Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Tel: 00353 45 530 672
Monday 10.00am - 4.45pm
Tuesday 9.30 am - 4.45pm
Wednesday 9.30 am - 4.45pm
Thursday 10.00 am - 4.45 pm
Friday 9.30 am - 4.45 pm
Saturday 10.00 am - 4.45 pm
Please note we close for cleaning and lunch from 1.00pm until 2.00pm each day