1. Japanese Gardens and National Stud Farm
The Japanese Gardens and National Stud Farm are renowned across the country and abroad, and for good reason. With beautiful flowers and trees, a horse farm and museum, and tours to show you how the stud runs, the Gardens and Stud are the ideal day out. And after all your exploring you can sit down and enjoy yourself at the on site restaurant, serving excellent good and reasonable prices.
2. The Curragh
The Curragh is Ireland’s most famous racecourse and breeding ground for horses. Named after the Irish word “Cuirreach”, meaning “place of the running horse”, the open plane is a whopping almost 5,000 kilometres. All five Irish Classics are run at the Curragh, and the Curragh is known for having some of the highest purses for races in Ireland. An excellent day out, well provided for by the lovely staff there.
3. Kildare Village
The only outlets of their kind in Ireland, Kildare Village is the Irish shopper’s mecca. Beautifully laid out and decorated, and wonderfully managed, the always busy shopping village is never unbearably hectic. Packed with designer brands at considerably more affordable prices than the high street, and several excellent restaurants, Kildare Village is an excellent place for a shopping day out.
4. Saint Brigid’s Cathedral and Round Tower
Located in the centre of Kildare town, and run by incredibly knowledgeable staff, Saint Bridget’s Cathedral and accompanying Round Tour is a must see in Kildare. The top of the Round Tour is home to some of the best views of the midlands and beyond. The Cathedral has helpful and informative
5. Walk along the Grand Canal
The Grand Canal stretches from Dublin to the Shannon, and runs right through Kildare and Newbridge towns. A scenic stroll along the canal is just the ticket for an evening run, or a weekend walk, whatever your ability or desire.
6. Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre at Newbridge Silverware showcases much more than just the beautiful cutlery, jewellery and decorations, as it also plays host to the Museum of Style Icons, displaying the dazzling dresses of some of Hollywood’s most famous, and infamous. The cafe is also excellent offering a wide range of hot and cold dishes.
7. Solas Bhride Centre
Solas Bhride centre is a spiritual centre popular for pilgrimages and tours alike. Run by nuns, they offer tours and invite people to participate in meditation and reflection. A different sort of excursion away from the hustle and bustle of tourists.
8. The Curragh Military Museum
The Curragh Military Museum has a wide range of exhibits, displaying lots of old weapons, tanks and other vehicles. The exhibits are informative, and easy to follow, and the army personnel are very approachable and helpful.
9. Pollardstown Fen Nature Walk
A beautiful nature walk with gorgeous flora and fauna of all sorts. Perfect for couples, solo walkers and families, suitable for any and everyone.
10. The Keadeen Hotel Newbridge
The Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge is one of the best in the area, with beautifully decorated rooms, friendly staff, a great leisure centre and a top-class restaurant. The gardens on site are gorgeous, and the hotel has proven to be very popular for weddings, no doubt in part to the picturesque setting.