Guides & Trip Ideas

The Great (adult) Escape to Co Kildare

Sometimes, our kids have more of a social life than us, as we spend all our weekends driving them to parties and events.

Sometimes, it’s nice for adults to act like like big kids.

Sometimes – it’s some time away with a grown-up escape in Kildare.

We’ve compiled a list of luxury places to stay with plenty of nearby activities to keep you young at heart and stress-free for a few days anyway.


The Springfield Hotel


Crisp white bed linen, luxurious walk-in showers and complimentary toiletries are only some of the many attractions of the Springfield Hotel in Leixlip.

And when you prise yourself away from the free wi-fi and flat screen TV, you can hit the many things to do nearby including:

The Guinness Trail which details the history of Arthur Guinness and his family in Kildare.

Leixlip Castle, which was established by the Vikings and boasts a 17th century Brussels tapestry.


Kildare House Hotel

Kildare Town

The newly-renovated 21 bedroom hotel is in the centre of Kildare town, which is full of shops, walks and anything else on your weekend wish list.

Relax and unwind under snuggly duvets and when you’ve had your fill of refreshments at the sumptuous on-site Gallops restaurant, get yourself out to:

The Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons which includes artifacts from stars including Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly.
The museum has been named in the top five free tourist attractions in Ireland.

Get yourself all a flutter for a sure bet at Punchestown Racecourse, which is just ten minutes from Kildare House Hotel and home to some of the country’s major racing festivals.


Keedean Hotel


This four-star venue says it’s the longest standing family run hotel in Kildare, with 71 bedrooms and extensive conference, occasion, banqueting and wedding suites.

On the off-chance you want to leave luxury, then nearby attractions include the Whitewater Shopping Centre where you really do shop until you drop with major retail therapy.

The Elms, Punchestown is one of Ireland’s fastest growing and most innovative home furnishings and lifestyle stores where you can fill your boot with new stuff, when you do have to go home.


Clanard Court Hotel



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Even though the hotel offers a choice of classic or delux rooms or suites, all 37 bedrooms are diving for the perfect escape with everything you need from lavender scented toiletries and power showers to an array of meal choices in both the restaurant and bar.

Look forward to your evening meal here by working up an appetite at the following:

Meander down the river with Athy boat tours who works with you to create the perfect tour on board ‘Freedom on the Water.’

Visit the Athy Heritage Centre Musuem which houses the story of Ernest Shackleton, the great polar explorer.


Killashee Hotel



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If you like relaxing walks in beautiful gardens, then Killashee Hotel is the place for you with acres of splendid gardens and woodland trails, all surrounding 141 bedrooms, leisure club and spa.

If you love the outdoors, then you have to visit Kill International Equestrian Centre when in Naas for a bracing horseride.

You could also check out The Curragh Military Museum, which is divided into three sections – the environment and archaeology, British military presence and the Defence forces.


Glenroyal Hotel


They describe it as a home away from home but it’s the home away from home that you’ve always dreamed about, more like. Plump pillows, leisure club, gorgeous food, you won’t want to go back to the norm.

It’s also a hotel that’s not far from an array of things to do, including the 13th century Maynooth castle, Connolly’s Folly or the Maynooth University Museum where you can visit the largest collection of scientific instrumentation on public display in Ireland, covering physics, chemistry and surveying.