Would you like to be part of this year’s Medieval Festival, if so fill in the form below and we will get back to you.
We are looking for volunteers for the set up and breakdown of the Festival on the day along with extra hands to help out with workshops and activities and stewards who will be keeping an eye on the event to ensure queues don’t get too long, litter doesn’t build up and everybody is having a good time. We will feed you, water you, provide you costumes for the day and we guarantee lots of fun, come on why not help out this year?!
The second Kildare Town Medieval Festival was on Sunday 21st August 2016. Last year’s festival saw the Normans return to Kildare along with the huge crowds who turned up to make it an amazing day out for all interests and ages!
The stallholders, activity providers and volunteers came out in their Medieval Costume and we hope to see even more dressed up this year. We had some different activities in 2016 such as the Moon&Sixpence Puppet Theatre, an Ancient Irish Music demo in St. Brigid’s Cathedral and The Exploration Dome which gave all who entered a chance to see the skies from the time of the Normans. No doubt 2017 will be even better than last year so if you want to get involved click here.
Our Christmas Opening Hours 2016
Christmas Eve: 9:30am – 1pm
December 25th – 28th: Closed
December 29th – 30th: 9:30am – 5pm
December 31st: 9:30am – 4pm
January 1st & 2nd: Closed
January 3rd – : 9:30am – 5pm
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FREE Christmas Parking Kildare Town
Mon 19th December – Mon 2nd January.
The Gordon Bennett Cup Race took place in 1903. The route went through Laois, Kildare and Carlow and was the precursor to the present day Formula 1 Grand Prix. In 1903 the speed limit in Great Britian & Ireland was 12 miles per hour and so a special Act of Parliment was passed in order to allow the driving route to be closed for the Gordon Bennett Cup. The winning driver, a Belgian drove an average 49.2 miles in a time of 6 hours 9 minutes over the 52 mile long route.
The Gordon Bennett Route is now a popular tourist attraction in Ireland. The route is signposted and this gives all visitors and locals the chance to drive it, either in one run or in various different stages.
Every year many classic car owners come together to drive the Gordon Bennett route on what is an exciting event across three counties, Carlow, Laois and Kildare.
The Gordon Bennett Rally was first celebrated in this way on the 100th anniversary in 2003. It takes place over 3 days beginning on the Friday of the Irish June bank holiday and prides itself on being the oldest motor sporting event of the year. Even if you’re not taking part, it is an equally thrilling experience to be an onlooker.
So, instead of the neck braking race it once was, this event invites you to take a gentler approach and to travel at your own pace whilst embracing the experience of a weekend filled with fun, nostalgia and liked minded individuals.
The Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club (IVVCC) International Gordon Bennett Rally takes place each year in June. This vintage car rally showcases over 100 pre-1931 cars. Why not find out where the stops will be for the next event in 2017 and go along to see some of these magnificent vintage cars.
Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Tel: 00353 45 530 672
Opening Hours- Wintertime
Monday – Saturday:
9.30am – 1:00pm &
2:00pm – 5:00pm