Five activities to do in Kildare this Spring

  Spring finally seems to have arrived after what seemed to be the longest Winter in Irish history! It’s time to discard the layers of padding and get out there to enjoy fresh air and fun. And there’s nowhere better to get oodles of fristory – learning history while having fun – than in the […]


 

Spring finally seems to have arrived after what seemed to be the longest Winter in Irish history!

It’s time to discard the layers of padding and get out there to enjoy fresh air and fun.

And there’s nowhere better to get oodles of fristory – learning history while having fun – than in the multi-faceted county of Kildare.

Take the kids, leave the kids, grab a friend – it’s all happening in Kildare and here’s just a flavour of what to do here.

1. Irish National Stud


Kicking King, Beef or Salmon, Hardy Eustace and Hurricane Fly. All are famous Irish racehorses, that have been bred at the Irish National Stud – owned by the people of Ireland since 1945

Kildare is synonymous with the thoroughbred industry and the Irish National Stud is home to some of the most magnificent horses as a working farm. The Tully base is also home to Europe’s finest Japanese Gardens, which are visited by 120,000 people each year.

The Irish National Stud also comprises of the skeleton of the world’s greatest ever steeplechaser and triple winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup – Arkle whose equine remains are on display in the venue’s museum. Plans have recently been lodged for an interactive museum on the site.

Further information can be found here

2. Mondello Park


If you want to live life in the fast lane, it’s worth a trip to Mondello Park International Race Circuit to get those gears moving.

The venue is the only FIA Licenced Motor Racing circuit in the Republic of Ireland and originally opened in 1968, undergoing extensions and revamps throughout the years.

Located just outside Naas, it is the venue for speed and adrenalin and visitors can choose from an array of driving experiences, as well as pay a visit to the on-site museum.

More information here.

 

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3. Donadea Forest Park


Miles and miles of walks and wildlife – perfect to blow the winter cobwebs off all ages.

Sited in north-west Kildare, Donadea Forest Park is 243 hectares of mixed woodland and pure bliss.

Aeroplane-run through the grass, meander in the walled gardens and chill in the ice house before feeding the ducks on a 2.3 hectare lake. Stress-free living at its finest!

More information on the designated National Heritage site can be found here

4. Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park


You either dig it or get turfed out at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park – and you’ll love it either way.

Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park in north-west Kildare was founded in 1993 to recapture an era on the bog and educate visitors into the very essence that provided a lifeline for much employment in the area

The 60 acre park, in the Bog of Allen, has developed its facilities from education to leisure and fun for some 50,000 visitors each year, to include a pet farm, outdoor play area and fairy village as well as mature wood and peatland and turf cutting displays.

If you dig Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park, then check out the website.

5. Kildare Village


Even the mention of the place has the hearts racing for a real shop til you drop experience.

100 brands with 60% off all year round. Need we say more? The only thing you’ll need is time to explore, browse or buy and more information can be found online.

 

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