From ancient high kings to saints and scholars, Ireland’s Ancient East pulsates with legendary tales.
Co. Kildare undoubtedly is the centrepiece of Ireland’s Ancient East. Every town and village is packed full of heritage sites, from important early Christianity monuments to interactive visitor experiences that teach history in a fun and informative way. And there’s plenty to learn – Strongbow, St. Brigid, Ernest Shackleton and Arthur Guinness are just a few of Co. Kildare’s long list of past famous residents who combine to give Co. Kildare an eclectic mix of history and heritage.
The Guinness Storehouse may be the home of the famous tipple but delve a little deeper and you will discover that its birthplace lies here in County Kildare.
Take a relaxing cruise through the Kildare countryside on a traditional canal barge and discover the stories of the waterways.
Discover Celbridge and Castletown House, home to a host of interesting stories and historic buildings connect to an array of significant figures from the past.
Donadea offers a range of walks for all levels of experience, from a short 30-minute stroll around the lake to a 6km trail which takes you all around the park!
Explore the ancient monasteries of County Kildare around atmospheric ruins, some of Ireland’s best preserved round towers, high crosses and fascinating tales of history and folklore.
Take a tour of one of the oldest towns in Ireland which includes St. Brigid’s Monastic Site, a Norman Castle, three medieval Abbeys, Ireland’s first Turf Club and more.
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Virtual Reality experience transports you back in time on an emotional and magical journey in one of Ireland’s oldest towns.
12th century Norman castle containing many interesting and unusual historic items.
Standing at the entrance of Maynooth University, the 12th century ruin, was once a stronghold and the primary residence of the Earl of Kildare.
My Bike or Hike provides guided tours that are off the beaten path, delivered in a sustainable way, with a true local expert.
The longest Greenway in Ireland stretching to 130km through Ireland’s Ancient East and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. One trail, endless discoveries.
Located on the site where St Brigid the patron of Kildare founded a monastery in 480AD. Visitors can view the 750 year old cathedral and climb the Round Tower the highest in Ireland with public access.
St Brigid’s Trail follows the footsteps of one of our best loved saints through the town of Kildare and explore this mythical route to discover the legacy of St Brigid.