Visitor and residents safety is our top priority at IntoKildare. In an effort to limit the impact and spread of COVID-19 some businesses have temporarily closed to the public while others are operating an online service. Check out our new guide to social distancing featuring symbols of iconic places in Kildare. This will remind you of some of the measures we can all practice in our daily lives to stay safe and also remind you about some of the great places in Kildare for when we travel again.
Irish National Stud
The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world. For well over 100 years, the pride of Tully has been a working stud farm, its central objective being to produce for Ireland thoroughbreds capable of being crowned champions at home and abroad. In that aim it proved an instant hit with Minoru, one of the first star horses born and raised on the stud’s idyllic land, triumphing in horse racing’s most important contest, the Epsom Derby, way back in 1909.
Nestled within idyllic landscaped grounds, Kildare Village is the perfect luxury shopping destination, just an hour from Dublin. You’ll find it difficult to resist temptation with 100 boutiques from the world’s most exciting designers including Louise Kennedy, Armani, Brooks Brothers, Mulberry and many more, all offering up to 60% off the recommended retail price all year around. L’Officina, Dunne & Crescenzi’s ultra-modern Italian restaurant offers breakfast, mid-morning snacks, lunch and wonderful wines for you to imbibe while you deliberate over your next purchase. Starbucks is the perfect spot for a restorative coffee and treat. Kildare Village is one of 11 luxury shopping destinations in The Bicester Village Shopping Collection across Europe and China, all an hour or less from some of the world’s most celebrated cities. Discover famous restaurants, a concierge service, true five-star hospitality and remarkable savings.
The Curragh Racecourse
Steeped in history and tradition the Curragh Racecourse is undoubtedly Ireland’s premier flat racing venue and the spiritual home of the sport in Ireland. The Curragh is the home of Irish racing & hosts 20 fixtures throughout the year from March to October including the Tattersalls Irish 1000 & 2000 Guineas, Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival, Kerrygold Irish Oaks, and Longines Irish Champions Weekend including Leopardstown. The Curragh Racecourse has an exciting range of hospitality choices available at race meetings throughout the year. From VIP experiences such as private suite hire and fine dining, to more casual options and group admission packages, the Curragh racecourse has something for everyone. Whether it’s the privacy of a box or a bespoke dining experience, it is a chance to socialise over the finest dishes to the backdrop of world-class racing.
The Bog of Allen
At the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, one of the top natural tourist attractions in Co. Kildare, the IPCC celebrate the wonder and the beauty of Irish peatlands and their wildlife. There are plenty of things to do and activities for all ages and interests at the visitor centre and at nearby Lodge Bog. Watch the short virtual tour video HERE which will give you a good idea of things to do, what there is on offer for families, children and other guests coming to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre. Activities include pond dipping, nature crafts, frog hunt, bog walk, insect eating plants, creepy crawly search, museum, and garden tour. A visit to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre is one of the top things to do in Kildare.
Naas Racecourse is known as the Nursery of Champions and has undergone an overall €3.2 million redevelopment including a €1.7 million new feature building, The Circle. They have also completed an interior upgrade on each floor of their Grandstand introducing additional seating areas, a Café open to all racegoers on the ground floor, a dedicated Members area on the first floor and a Corporate Lounge on the second floor. Naas Racecourse has an array of hospitality packages for you to choose from, whether its a table for two or a group booking. Their newly renovated Panoramic Restaurant is located on the first floor of the Grandstand which is at the heart of racing action. Overlooking the racecourse you can enjoy the races from the comfort of your own reserved table. With 19 exciting race meetings there is an excellent mix of top-class national hunt and flat racing throughout the year. They have a range of events to go along with great days racing throughout the year including summer barbeques & live music evenings, ladies days and family fun days.
The Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, are far more than simply a treat for the eye. They also provide comfort to the soul, achieving exactly the objective that was set out when the gardens were created between 1906 and 1910. Devised by Colonel William Hall Walker, a wealthy Scotsman from a famous brewing family, the gardens were laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru. Their aim was, through trees, plants, flowers, lawns, rocks and water, to symbolise the ‘Life of Man’. That plan was executed to perfection and Eida’s legacy is now admired by the 120,000 visitors who soak up the peace of the gardens every year. That plan was executed to perfection and Eida’s legacy is now admired by the 120,000 visitors who soak up the peace of the gardens every year. Very much representative of Japanese gardens from the early 20th century, Eida’s work traces the journey of a soul from oblivion to eternity and portrays the human experience of its embodiment as it journeys by paths of its own choice through life. Birth, childhood, marriage, parenthood, old age, death and the afterlife are all brought to mind as the gardens, a seamless mixture of Eastern and Western cultures, are explored.
Kildare Brewing Company
Kildare Brewing Company are an independent family run brewery & gastropub, which has allowed them to create Kildare’s first ever brewpub. They are 2nd generation publican’s which has allowed them to become 1st generation brewery owners, for which they are very grateful from past generations. All the team at Kildare Brewing Company & Lock 13 are passionate about their unfiltered, unpasteurised & non-compromised fresh beer, which is brewed five metres away. At Kildare Brewing Company, they have created Kildare’s 1st ever Brewpub & they are very proud of what they achieved to date. They have a world class facility which when visiting Lock13 Gastropub you can see through the glass wall & drink the freshest beer that is produced in Ireland today. Why not drop in and see their bespoke brewhouse & have a beer with them at lock 13, or maybe book a brewery tour which they can tell you everything you ever needed to know about the brewhouse up close & personal.
Punchestown Racecourse is the head quarters of National Hunt Racing in Ireland and host to the famous Irish National Hunt Festival that takes place in April each year. Punchestown is home to winners both on and off the track. Punchestown and all of its facilities are unique and vast and can be tailored for all styles of event. It is synonymous with top quality horse racing and is a leading venue for corporate entertainment.