Co. Kildare may be one of Ireland’s smaller counties but it’s packed full of things to explore and discover – in fact, there’s so much to see and do that it can be hard to squeeze it all into one holiday!
Kildare is the birthplace of Arthur Guinness and Ernest Shackleton, but going back even further, Kildare was home to St Brigid, one of Ireland’s three patron saints. Cill Dara, meaning “church of the oak”, is the Irish name for Kildare, as well as the name for the monastery founded by St Brigid, which became an important centre for early Christianity in Ireland.
With this amount of history, modern and ancient, it’s not surprising that history and heritage surround you wherever you go in Co. Kildare – the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.
The longest Greenway in Ireland stretching to 130km through Ireland’s Ancient East and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. One trail, endless discoveries.
Leinster’s largest hedge maze is a fabulous attraction located just outside Prosperous in the North Kildare countryside.
A unique mix of heritage, woodland walks, biodiversity, peatlands, beautiful gardens, train trips, pet farm, fairy village and more.
This unique venue offers the complete package for combat game enthusiasts with exciting adrenalin fueled activities.
Working stud farm that is home to the renowned Japanese Gardens, St Fiachra’s Garden and Living Legends.
A fantastic fun-filled day out for families with a wide variety of activities including guided tours and hands-on farming fun.
Ireland’s leader in outdoor country pursuits, offering Clay Pigeon Shooting, an Air Rifle Range, Archery and an Equestrian Centre.
Stunning boat tours on The Barrow & Grand Canal with majestic views and breath taking features.
Take a relaxing cruise through the Kildare countryside on a traditional canal barge and discover the stories of the waterways.
Burtown House in Co. Kildare is an early Georgian House near Athy, with a charming 10 acre garden open to the public.
Experience the splendour of Castletown House and parklands, a Palladian mansion in County Kildare.