Why not take a tour of one of the oldest towns in Ireland – visit St. Brigid’s Cathedral on the Monastic Site of the Patroness of Ireland, the site of a Norman Castle, three medieval Abbeys and much much more. Discover this fascinating heritage on a guided walk around the Town, by a local guide or by yourself with the Hundred Acres self-guided tour of the town and immediate area available in the Kildare Town Heritage Centre and Tourist Office. Self-guided audio tours are also available at www.abartaheritage.ie
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Discover this important Irish heritage town and learn about the mythology of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and St. Brigid, patroness of the Gaels. Key stops along the route include St. Brigid’s Cathedral, the tallest accessible Round Tower in Ireland, a Norman tower house, Solas Bhride, and the thirteenth century Franciscan Abbey, to mention a few.
Learn about St. Brigid the PATRONESS of the IRELAND – MARY of the GAEL, Strongbow, The Earls of Kildare, Lord Edward FitzGerald and the 1798 Rebellion and The Gordon Bennett Motor Race etc. Each year there are many fantastic events in Kildare such as: The Féile Bríde Festival, Kildare Town Derby Festival, Annual Drama Festival (the longest running in Ireland), The Kildare Town Medieval Festival and new Annual Gordon Bennett Commemorative Car Rally.
Kildare Town has excellent rail and motorway access and has strong associations with tourism. There are two golf courses, a hotel and other accommodation nearby.
Tie up the whole package with a visit to the National Stud, Japanese Gardens and St. Fiachra’s Garden; go shopping in Kildare Village Outlet Shopping, play a couple of holes of golf at Dunmurry or Cill Dara golf course (Ireland’s oldest golf course) or go horse racing at the Curragh. A feast for all the family!
The Kildare Historic Town Guided Walking Tours have been developed and are available all year round with advance booking – they are possible through the close partnership of Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Kildare Cathedral, Kildare County Council and the Cill Dara Historical Society.
* Image above: Another very successful turnout for the Guided Walking Tour of Kildare Town during Féile Bríde 2010, with Local Historians and Tour Guides Mario Corrigan and James Durney.