Ten Great Things to do Around Leixlip & Celbridge - IntoKildare
Wonderful Barn 2
Guides & Trip Ideas

Ten Great Things to do Around Leixlip & Celbridge


Castletown House


The beautiful Georgian building that is Castletown House rests on a 550 acre estate, surrounded by gorgeous parklands and a drive paved with lime trees. The estate was originally that of William Connolly, the late Speaker of the Irish House of Lords. Explore the parklands and marvel at the flora and fauna or perhaps take a tour of the inside of the house!


Wonderful Barn

Castletown Estate, Celbridge

The Wonderful Barn is a corkscrew shaped building on the edge of Castletown Estate, that was originally used to store grain, to shoot game and for other domestic purposes. While not open to the public, many people visit to admire the unusual architecture of the building.


Court Yard Hotel


The Court Yard Hotel located in the heart of Leixlip is truly a gem of the town. Built on the original site where Arthur Guinness created his brewing empire, the hotel offers old world charm with beautiful original stone work from the original brewery. Steakhouse 1758 has the perfect outdoor terrace to enjoy a cocktail in the sun. Why not spend the night where the Guinness story began before embarking on the Arthur’s Way!


Arthur Guinness statue



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Ellie I (@ellie_ivanova)

One of Ireland’s most infamous, and frequently toasted public figures hailed from Celbridge, so naturally there is a statue to the father of The Black Stuff in the town. Any Guinness drinker should give the statue a visit and salute the famous founder.


Leixlip Castle

Leixlip Town

One of Ireland’s oldest Norman castles, Leixlip Castle was built in the 1170s and passed through many hands before it was bought by Desmond Guinness, of the Irish Georgian Society. This is perhaps why the castle is in such wonderful condition. Be sure to check out the Leixlip Castle listing on our website to see when tours of the castle are available to the public!


Celbridge Walking Tours

These tailored tours have proved hugely popular with people living in Kildare, the surrounding counties and visitors from abroad, with local guide Breda receiving block bookings of up to a year in advance.


Cliff at Lyons


Cliff at Lyons, a restored historic village on the banks of the Grand Canal is a unique venue which is a haven for food lovers who are in need of some relaxation. Home to Michelin star restaurant Aimsir, it is a food experience on another level. The estate also boasts The Pantry and The Mill Restaurant and Terrace and well as bedroom cottages and a number of wellness activities and treatments.


Celbridge Heritage Trail

If you’d prefer a more independent experience, take the self-guided Celbridge Heritage Trail and stroll through history, from early Christian Tea Lane, resting place of the Grattans; to Speaker Connolly’s Castletown, Ireland’s finest Georgian residence; then onwards to historic Celbridge Village, by the tranquil riverside trail or the stately tree-lined avenue.


My Bike or Hike

Join Ben from My Bike or Hike and take the Guinness Way tour. The tour includes bike hire and includes a visit to the newly opened Malt to Vault Exhibition in Ardclough Village, Castletown House and Gardens, a visit to the resting place of Arthur Guinness and his family, Oughterard Church and Graveyard, before passing through the historic villages of Kill and Johnstown and returning to Naas.




Airtastic Entertainment Centre


Looking for something fun for all the family to enjoy? Visit Airtastic Entertainment Centre in Celbridge! Their activities include an 8 lanes ten pin Bowling Alley, a brand new Space Themed Mini Golf Course, massive Soft Play Centre, one of the biggest prize-winning Amusement Arcades in Ireland. While there, be sure to visit the American – style diner and try and NY Style burger!

Download our suggested itinerary for your trip to Celbridge & Leixlip here