For the ultimate shopping experience, forget packing your passport and attempting to wedge tiny lotion bottles into the airport-approved baggies before boarding a flight to London or Paris – Kildare is the new shopping destination on the map with everything you could want and more.
A short hop, skip and a jump from anywhere in Ireland, by road or rail, Kildare has an abundance of shopping that will keep you and your wallet busy. Chief among these, as any savvy shopper knows, is the Kildare Village Outlet which offers up to 60% off designer labels.
And with summer almost upon us there has never been a better excuse to whip out the plastic and update your wardrobe with a few key designer pieces. Pick up some fashion forward looks at boutiques such as Anya Hindmarch, Lulu Guinness and Kate Spade, pimp out your feet at L.K. Bennett and Kurt Geiger, give your kitchen a splash of floral kitsch at Cath Kidston, pamper your bedroom at Bedeck or give your bathroom that hotel feel at Molton Brown.
Kildare Village Outlet has turned its shopping experience into an art form – taking away all the stress associated with city centre shopping. The outlet has done away with the main irritant – bags – by offering a hands-free option for €5 where your purchases will be collected and held for you at the information office until you are ready to collect them.
Be sure to take a trip to the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centreand Museum of Style Icons too. The museum, which houses garments worn by screen legends such as Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, will inspire your fashion choices. Then bejewel yourself with some exquisitely designed Newbridge pieces on sale at the Showrooms.
There are plenty of other shopping options in Kildare. Take a trip to nearby WhiteWater Shopping Centre with anchor stores such as pull & Bear, M&S and H&M. the Centre is Ireland’s largest regional shopping centre outside of Dublin with over 60 leading retailers including New Look, Zara, Carraig Don, Tiger and many more!
There is something for everyone at WhiteWater, Especially for the Fitness Fanatics, Shopping options include JD Sports, Lifestyle Sports and their new spacious Sports Direct store!
If you fancy relaxing and enjoying the latest released films instead why not check out their Cinema Theatre also!
If you are fonder of rummaging at stalls, Kildare is bursting with markets to whet your appetite.
Naas Country Market takes place every Friday in the town hall from 9.45am-12.15pm and offers tasty local produce, bread, artisan jams, flowers and crafts. Take a wander around Crookstown Craft Village, open Monday to Sunday from 10am-6pm, and observe artists painting, potters at their wheels and knitters spinning yarn and designing clothes with all sorts of handmade goodies for sale.
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Check out the Pantry at the Cliff at Lyons if you fancy some freshly baked goods like brown bread or some sweet treats to satisfy those cravings!
You cannot go wrong while gift shopping in the amazing CLIFF Home Christmas Shop at the Cliff at Lyons. All products are authentically Irish made and range from amazing gourmet goodies to home spa remedies.
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Firecastle have a range of freshly prepared meals and ingredients to set your evening meal at home apart from the rest! They are an artisan grocers that have over 1000 sourced products in store. These include Irish Artisan foods such as Butters, Jams, Oils, Cheeses, Meats, Crackers, Wine and much more!
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The Shoda Market cafe offering is based around the fresh and healthy concept. Customers can enjoy a range of great wholesome food with a unique twist married with passionate and personal service. They believe in producing great food that can be enjoyed by all diets, preferences and tastes.
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Celebrating 30 years in business this year, the passion for chocolate that first inspired Mary Ann O’Brien is still present in every aspect of the business and remains at the very core of what Lily O’Brien’s do. Based in the heart of Co. Kildare, Ireland, the team at Lily O’Brien’s continue to develop mouth-watering chocolate creations using the finest quality ingredients for you to enjoy.
Check out their online store if you fancy ordering some premium Irish chocolates! Or why not check out their chocolates store!
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If you are looking to revamp some garden decor than look no further! Johnstown Garden Centre offer garden, furniture, BBQ’s, Home, Kitchen, and much more categories and options in store.
The garden centre have received prestigious awards and recognition during the years including “Garden Centre of the Year”, and a 5 star quality award from Horticulture Ireland
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Berney Bro’s Saddlery is located in Kilcullen where you can find high quality, hand crafted bespoke saddles.
They also sell a selection of clothing for horse riders, horse wear and top of the line boots.
Berney Bro’s are renowned for their quality, innovation and have been established since the 1800’s