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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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    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.



    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. Collector Market Fair - Newbridge Town Hall

      July 9 @ 11:00 am - December 17 @ 4:30 pm
    2. Cill Dara Historical Society Monthly Talk

      October 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    3. Cill Dara Historical Society Monthly Talks : The Murder of Joseph Bergin

      November 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Upcoming Events

    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