Athy is an important heritage town in south Kildare. The town seems to have originated in the mid 1200’s with the foundation of two monasteries. The town as we know it today owes much of its development to the development of the canal network and subsequent industrial growth in the 19th century. Athy is also a town on the historical Gordon Bennett Route, a road race which is celebrated each year with a classic car run. The town is a vibrant town and offers plenty of cafés, shops and pubs for the locals and visitors to enjoy. The town has a new Ernest Shackleton Museum
For a more in-depth study of the town check out the Athy Conservation Managment Interperation Plan commissioned 2016.
Things to see and do in Athy
- Enjoy a relaxing cruise along tranquil Irish waterways with Athy Boat Tours
- Explore Burtown House and Gardens, an early Georgian villa set in 10 acres of gardens and parkland
- Delve into the adventures of Ernest Shackleton, polar explorer and his crew on Endurance in 1914/1915 at the Ernest Shackleton Museum
- Take a guided walk around this historic town, contact The Athy Heritage Centre-Museum for bookings
- Venture a little outside the town to Moone to see the 8th century, 17.5 foot High Cross.
Places to Eat
Kanes Pub & Restaurant
Tel: 00 353 59 863 1434
The Bay Tree Restaurant
Tel: 00 353 59 864 1819
Bailey’s Bar & Bistro
Te: 00 353 59 864 0888
How to get to Athy