Ten Great Things to do Around Athy

Looking for an adventure this weekend? Why not get out and explore the beautiful Athy, a stunning little town in Kildare that is packed full of sites and things to do!

1. Walk along the Barrow

A lovely scenic walk, on a fairly flat surface makes walking along the Barrow perfect for walkers of all abilities. There is also plenty of space for stopping and having a picnic.


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2. Clanard Court Hotel

Join in the jigs and reels at a traditional Irish music session at the Clanard Court Hotel, every Wednesday night from May to September. In the off-season, stop by for classic afternoon tea and watch the local alpacas graze on the lawn (seriously!)



3. Kilkea Castle

Kilkea Castle Hotel is an amazing hotel, event venue and golf club. Offering any of three kinds of accommodations; The Castle itself, the Carriage Bedroom and the Self-Catering Golf Lodges, there’s something for everyone here. It remains a firm favourite for weddings due to the beautiful building and spacious event rooms, and the golf course is fairly nifty too.


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4. Burtown House and Gardens

An early Georgian house located just outside Athy, the accompanying 10-acre garden is home to a dazzling array of flowers and trees. Available for tours and events, with an art gallery, restaurant and shop, there’s so much to do in just one outing at Burtown House.


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5. Moone High Cross

Once thought to be the tallest, and currently the second tallest high cross in Ireland, the 1,200 year-old Moone High Cross is a must-see for history buffs. A little bit off the beaten track, but worthwhile when you find it to marvel at the beauty of the cross, and explore the monastery.


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6. Athy Boat Tours

A lovely excursion for any boating enthusiast, or for someone who just wouldn’t mind a relaxing cruise down the river. Very reasonable prices and available for any occasion and for any group, young children and adults alike. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff, with tea and snacks included.


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7. Clancy’s pub

For anybody seeking a traditional Irish seisiún, look no further than Clancy’s Pub. Renowned for their trad sessions on a Friday, you’ll be astonished and impressed with the talent on display at Clancy’s… and you might even join in yourself!


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8. Castledermot Friary

A beautiful monastery in the heart of the town, Castledermot Friary is must-see in Athy. Very authentic with large windows and wide open spaces, it transports you back in time.


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9. Heritage Centre

A truly fascinating museum covering lots of local history combined with the broader Irish history, featuring the world’s only exclusive Shackleton exhibition.


10. Levitstown Mill

The Levitstown Mill, although no longer functional, is a beautiful building to visit, and a popular landmark in the area. It is flanked by both the Grand Canal and the River Barrow, and is well worth a visit.

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