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Volunteers Enquiry Form

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?!


    Gallery: Medieval Festival 2016

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    Stalls Enquiry Form

    Please fill out the form below if you like to hold a stall at the Kildare Town Medieval Festival, August 12th 2018. Remember, it's a Medieval Festival so efforts to fit in with this theme, through costumes or product names etc. are appreciated and we promise you'll have more fun too!


      The Kildare Town Medieval Festival charges a small fee to pitch every year to help with running costs. For 2018 the fees are:
      • Food stall: €100
      • Merchandise stall: €40



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      Get Involved

      Community Call Out!

      The Kildare Town Medieval Festival is a community event run entirely by a volunteer committee and of course, a huge team who come on board on the day of the festival.

      New help needed! This year we are asking local groups to "Adopt a Game". This involves taking over a medieval game (we have plenty of ideas already) from the build to running it at the Festival on the day. We will be on hand to help with anything you need and there will be a donation for your Club or Group for taking part in the day. This idea is aimed at all community groups, sports clubs and schools in Kildare and surrounding areas. Please contact us on kildaretownmedievalfest@gmail.com to get involved!


      We need volunteers to help with the running of the festival. To find out more and to sign up to volunteer simply get in touch with Emily via this online form, on kildaretownmedievalfest@gmail.com or 00 353 45 530 672.


      This year's Festival promises to have a host of great stalls with something to suit all the visitors on the day. If you have an idea for a food or merchandise stall that has a medieval twist please let us know here.


      Last years festival Featured

      Medieval Festival 2016

      For info about the 2017 Kildare Town Medieval Festival come right this way.

      Photo Gallery: Happy Faces @ Kildare Town Medieval Festival 2016

      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.

      Remember to like us on Facebook for regular updates and let us know if you'll be there on the day.

      Video: Kildare Town Medieval Festival 2016

      Christmas Opening Hours


      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.




      Leixlip Castle

      To find out more about Leixlip Castle call, +353 1 6246873.

      Leixlip Castle was built soon after 1172 by Adam de Hereford, a follower of Strongbow, the Norman invader of Ireland. It has passed through many hands and has been in the ownership of Mr. Desmond Guinness and his family since 1958.

      The Castle contains many items of antique furniture, tapestries, paintings and drawings and some unusual items. These include a large 18th century dolls' house originally came Newbridge House, a military bath (which is in current use), a cabinet made in Killarney circa 1880 which is inlaid with views of ruined abbeys and round towers, Irish wolfhounds and with harps and shamrocks in the decoration. Also of interest are drawings of the six Mitford sisters by William Acton. A Print Room has been made in the Library and a corridor upstairs has also been decorated with prints.

      The garden has a conservatory and a temple and white iron gates at the far end of the lawn lead to the walled vegetable garden.

      Opening Days 2022

      Leixlip Castle will be open on the following date from 9am -1pm.

      April: Friday 1st , Monday 4th -Friday 8th

      May: Monday 9th -Fridaty 20th (every day)

      June: Tuesday 7th-Friday17th (Every day)

      August: Saturday13th -Monday 22nd (every day - Heritage Week)

      September: Monday 5th -Sunday 11th (Everyday)

      Admission: €8 Adults

      Admission: €4 for Students, Children & OAPs

      Tour times (9:15am ,10.15am,11.15am,12.15pm)

      Please contact Leixlip Castle for appointments .

      Landline : 01 624 44 30 Email : leixlipcastle@gmail.com

      In line with the Government policy on covid 19, the venue is taking a similar approach in terms of properties opening to the public in 2022 . please check at the time.


      Lodge Park Walled Garden


      Click here for Opening Hours & Admission Cost

      To find out more about Lodge Park Walled Garden call, +353 1 628 8412.

      Lodge Park Walled Garden is an 18th Century walled garden has been under restoration for the last few years.  It boasts an array of wonderful featured such as brick-faced walls covered with fruit trees, roses and climbers, a South facing shrub border edged in box hedges and topiaried Yew trees running the length of the garden, a pond, vegetable area, walkway of sweet peas and much much more. The greenhouse at Lodge Park Walled Garden has an unusual collection of plants from around the world. Another exciting feature of the garden is the outstanding rosarie which is encountered on entering the orchard.

      Visitors to this attraction can also visit the adjoining Steam Museum, Steaming Kettle Tea House and Gift Shop.

      Find out more about Lodge Park Walled Garden here

      Gordon Bennett Route & Classic Car Run


      Gordon Bennett Route

      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.

      Gordon Bennett Route - Interactive Map


      Gordon Bennett Annual Classic Car Run

      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.


      IVVCC International Gordon Bennett Rally

      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 and go along to see some of these magnificent vintage cars.


      The Curragh Military Museum


      Opening Hours

      Monday 10:00 - 15:00
      Tuesday 10:00 15:00
      Wednesday 10:00 15:00
      Thursday 10:00 15:00
      Friday Closed  Closed
      Saturday Closed  Closed
      Sunday Closed

      This page is for the Curragh military museum

      How to get there

      Access to the museum is free.

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      Upcoming Events

      1. Afterschool - Kildare Town

        April 17 @ 1:30 pm - June 30 @ 4:00 pm
      2. Kildare Derby Festival 2023

        June 26 @ 8:00 am - July 1 @ 5:00 pm
      3. Legends Museum - The Story of the Horse in Kildare

        June 26 @ 10:00 am - July 1 @ 4:00 pm

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      Contact Info

      Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

      Tel: +353 45 530 672
      Mobile: +353 871900945
      Email: info@kildareheritage.com

      Opening Hours

      (Lunch 01:00-02:00pm Daily)

      Monday 09:30am - 05:00pm

      Tuesday 09:30am - 05:00pm 

      Wednesday 09:30am - 05:00pm

      Thursday 09:30am - 05:00pm

      Friday 09:30am - 05:00pm 

      Saturday 09:30am - 05:00pm

      Sunday Closed