Whether for a weekend of relaxation or a night away with your besties, there’s nothing like a well-overdue girls’ weekend break and leaving all the stresses and strains of daily life behind. With no interruptions and no responsibilities, a getaway with your closest girls can be the perfect way to reset, reconnect and have some fun.
So pack the suitcases, as ‘Into Kildare’ has put together a list of our top places to visit for the ultimate ‘girls trip’, which offers something for everyone in the group, from jewellery lovers, foodies, racing enthusiasts, culture vultures or shopping addicts, Kildare has you covered!
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Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like to sparkle with a little ‘bling’! Home to stunning jewellery and silverware, Newbridge gives you a chance to shop in one of the country’s most famous brands, and browse through one of the many collection’s in the Museum of Style Icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor and many more icons. Don’t forget to stop off in Domo’s Emporium for a spot of lunch on your way out. We highly recommend the afternoon tea elegantly served in the most beautiful Vintage Tea Collection. It is truly the perfect day out to catch up with friends.
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For the girls who like to indulge in a little retail therapy, Kildare Village is a must visit! This is one of the chicest Outlet Shopping Villages in Europe. Kildare Village is a relaxed shopping haven, where spacious boutiques showcase the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands at discount prices. Kildare shopping village also has a range of restaurants, cafes and outdoor eating areas for you and the girls to make a day of it!
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Time to sit back and treat yourselves to lunch at the Michelin starred Aimsir Restaurant. Located at the magnificent Cliff at Lyons Hotel, this is the ultimate location for a sophisticated lunch. The restaurants airy reception bar with its wood-burning stove and picture windows overlooking well-tended gardens in which much of the restaurant’s ingredients are grown, is stuff dreams are made of.
Start your culinary afternoon with one of their famous aperitifs or cocktails, which are sure to have a story as the owners love of foraging has allowed them create a range of their own juices and ferments to tempt you with!! The menu at Aimsir (meaning weather) evolves with the seasons and celebrates the natural ingredients that can be grown, harvested, fished, foraged or produced on this island. Aimsir is surely a jewel in the heart of Kildare that the girls will treasure (and thank you for!)
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If you and the girls fancy a relaxing boat trip after all that racing and shopping, Athy Boat Tours provide private boat tours for up to six passengers on board “Freedom on the Water”. Whether you wish to enjoy a picnic on board during your tour to Levistown or lunch on the river bank during a day long trip to Maganey, a memorable experience is ensured. This is the perfect end to a perfect day…. Before you hit your hotel!
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Nothing says ‘girls weekend away’ quite like a night or two in one of Firecastle’s luxury boutique rooms. Located less than 10 minutes from Kildare Village, it is perfect for a shopping get away! The rooms are beautifully decorated with an amazing view of St. Brigid’s Cathedral and Round Tower. For brunch the next morning, why not check out Hartes who have the most delicious brunch menu which is available on weekends and not the mention their fantastic cocktails!
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We couldn’t promote a getaway to Kildare without mentioning a spa break! One of the best in Kildare, Killsahee Spa has some great packages that will have you spoilt for choice. Take some time out to relax, unwind and recharge with your pals in this luxurious setting and treat yourself to a well deserved spa treatment.