Leixlip overlooks the River Liffey in northeast County Kildare, 17km west of Dublin. Try fishing at one of the fantastic salmon angling spots and admire the beautiful tapestries of Leixlip Castle. Head to the Leixlip Manor Hotel to explore its immaculate gardens, stop by the architectural curiosity known as the Wonderful Barn or go for a stroll along the Royal Canal Way – enjoy a relaxing break in this picturesque place.
Leixlip is situated at the union of two rivers, The Rye & the Liffey. These formed ancient borders in Ireland’s Celtic past and the town traces its name to the Vikings who settled here in the 9th century.
Leixlip Castle, a Norman stronghold, remains centre to the town today and has been in the ownership of the Guinness family since 1958.
An earlier Guinness, Arthur, started his first brewery in Leixlip using the waterways to distribute the black stuff to the masses. This is the ideal starting point for Arthur’s Way, a 16km trail following the life of Arthur from birth to death.
In light of Covid-19 restrictions, numerous events and activities in Kildare may have been postponed or cancelled and a lot businesses and venues may be temporarily closed. We recommend you to check with relevant businesses and/or venues for latest updates.
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12th century Norman castle containing many interesting and unusual historic items.