With all the talk about green light countries; staycations and possible overseas holidays next year, who would have thought that ‘becoming a tourist in your own county’ could be the new way of supporting local businesses in your town, while at the same time getting out and re-discovering some of the places you haven’t visited in years!
Into Kildare are asking people to become ‘a tourist in your own county’ and get out and about and visit some of the great gardens, parks & historic sites on your doorstep. Here Into Kildare highlights some of the great places for ‘local’ tourists to visit this summer:
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Not only is Kildare Farm Foods home to a farm to pigs, goats, deer and a variety of birds, this third generation farm also has crazy golf, a railroad adventure around the farm for the kids to enjoy and its very own Teddy Bear Factory, where the kids can make their very own teddy bear!
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Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Clane, Co. Kildare, just 40 minutes from Dublin, Abbeyfield Farm offers a truly magical setting for guided pony and horse trekking and many outdoor activities.
Abbeyfield cater for all levels, so whether you are starting at the basics and need riding lessons or you wish to try something a little more adventurous, they have something for everyone.
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Rediscover the history of your own county with a visit to Athy Heritage Centre. Located in the former 18th Century Market House (now Athy Town Hall), the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum traces the history of Athy, the Anglo – Norman town on the Marshes of Kildare.
You can also follow the exploits of the famous Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, where the Centre has the only permanent exhibition devoted to him and enjoy photographic and audio-visual exhibits on this incredible explorer.
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The Kildare Town Heritage Centre is the ideal point of departure from which to explore the ancient treasures of the town. It is housed in the restored and refurbished 19th century Market House
The Centre is set to re-open its new Virtual Reality Experience on August 16th, where visitors will be greeted by a medieval guide who will set the scene and lead you up to a tranquil space where the adventure begins. ‘Legends of Kildare’ Virtual Reality experience transports you back in time on an emotional and magical journey which allows you to connect directly with these ancient characters.
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Explore Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park, set on 60 acres of breathtaking landscape in the heart of the Bog of Allen. Take a 9,000-year journey back through landmark periods of Irish history with exhibitions and multimedia displays, or take the biodiversity walk with all the family and learn about the history of this great bogland. The Park also has an indoor play centre* and outdoor play area with crazy golf, a pet farm and a road train making Lullymore the ideal destination for family fun.
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For lovers of arts and crafts, a visit to Florence & Millie is a must! Located in Clane, Florence & Milly is a ceramic art studio where visitors can create their own pottery designs. Visitors are provided with pre-fired pottery and supplies where they can paint their chosen item and add personal touches with or without guidance as a gift or keepsake!
They also provide workshops, courses and practical demonstrations in arts such as raw clay, glass painting, fabric painting, furniture chalk painting and finishes, basic furniture upholstery, up-cycling, painting, and much more.
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