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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. It is open from March to November annually, and tours in many languages are available.
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You most likely would not expect to find a Roman Spa in Ireland, but that’s exactly what you will find in Leixlip, Co Kildare. Located just off the Royal Canal, the spa was discovered in 1793, when William Connolly had water diverted from the Rye river to the basin, creating a roman style bath. Connolly had grand plans for the spa to spawn a hotel and bring many visitors with it. Unfortunately the vision for a hotel never came to fruition, but the spa functioned for many years, and is now a popular tourist site in the area.
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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.
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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.
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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. Open to the public most mornings, with optional tours, the castle is home to many beautiful tapestries.
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An opportunity to fish with experienced fishermen who know the area and how best to make the most of your outing, a day out with Love Fishing Ireland is perfect for amateur, or even total beginner fishers. Friendly and helpful staff, great with kids and adults.
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Located in Straffan, just 10 minutes outside of Cellbridge, the Steam Museum and Lodge Park Walled Garden make for a brilliant day out. The museum contains a wide range of live steam engines and model locomotives, and is set in a beautiful Victorian gothic church. Very friendly and informative staff on hand, and the walled garden is simply beautiful.
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The Westgrove Hotel is located in Clane, about 15 minutes outside of Cellbridge, and is one of the top hotels in the country. The four star establishment has a top notch spa, lovely and spacious bedrooms and the decor throughout the hotel is gorgeous. The Oak Bar has an excellent afternoon tea, and the Assaggio Restaurant is the perfect place for an evening meal, with a delicious menu full of pizza, pasta, and other Italian treats.
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.
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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.