We’ve all been there: you’ve got friends or relatives coming to stay at your house in Kildare and you want to show them a good time.
While Kildare has many renowned national attractions, like The K Club, Newbridge Silverware and Kildare Village, you also want to show them something off the beaten track.
With this in mind, we asked our followers on Facebook where they would bring out-of-town visitors for a day out in Co Kildare.
1. For countryside companions
Once your visitors have recovered from their travels, head out and explore Kildare’s great outdoors.
Kildare has some fantastic forest walks and hiking trails that are sure to blow the cobwebs away and get you ready for a weekend of entertaining guests.
Or how about this for an invitation?
2. For military mates
For some, there is simply no better way to spend an afternoon than immersed in history.
This museum shows the true heart of the Curragh’s ancient history.
The Museum is divided into three sections – the area’s ancient archaeology, the British military presence and the Defence Forces. The displays are intriguing with vintage vehicles, tanks and artillery on show.
3. For pint-loving pals
Curious tourists who love Ireland’s favourite tipple can make an unusual pilgrimage to one of the county’s lesser-known sights.
Arthur rests peacefully near Hazelhatch, Co Kildare in a tiny cemetery that dates from the 6th century, local historians claim.
4. For chilled-out chums
Kildare is known as the Canals County with 120 km of still waters crossing its landscape and linking its towns and villages.
BargeTrip.ie operate from Sallins Harbour which is located just off the M7 motorway. The barge is available for private charter for groups any day of the week and operates up to six scheduled cruises daily at weekends.
5. For crafty comrades
If your visitors are up for a day in Kildare with a difference, you can be more adventurous and go clay pigeon shooting and horse trekking before enjoying a few well-deserved pints of craft beer.
Located along the Grand Canal in Sallins, Lock 13 has an impressive menu with some truly great food on offer.
6. For Downton doyens
Visitors from abroad can get a real life taste of Downton Abbey style with a trip to see Castletown House.
Castletown is an extraordinary part of our cultural inheritance. Dating back to 1720, the Palladian mansion is home to a full programme of events and markets throughout the year.
7. For spiritual sidekicks
Cleanse your soul with a visit to St Brigid’s Well in Kildare town.
Thought to have healing properties, the well is found in the grounds of the 13th century Black Abbey. Visit the well and give your friends a blessing before they head back on their long journey home!