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Ten Great Things to do Around Maynooth


Donadea Forest


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Located between Maynooth and neighbouring Kilcock, Donadea Forest is a lovely place to wander for a few hours, by yourself or surrounded by family or friends. The forestry is gorgeous at all times of year, but particularly in autumn as the leaves change colour. A firm favourite in the area for locals and visitors alike.


Clonfert Pet Farm

This pet farm has everything to keep the little ones happy. As they walk around the farm they are able to get a close up view of a lot of animals, some that you don’t even see in Dublin Zoo!


Shoda Market Café

Located in the Glenroyal Hotel, Shoda Market Café is a must visit especially if you are a foodie! The café specialises in brunch, coffee, amazing treats and feel good food.


Moyvalley Resort

The four-star Moyvalley Hotel and Golf resort is one of the top resorts in Ireland and little wonder. Whether you’re staying for a weekend, just in for a spot of golf and a cup of tea after, or calling into the restaurant for dinner, you will always be well looked after and satisfied with the incredible level of service here. Just 20 minutes outside of Maynooth, it is a great option to stay in the lush countryside while being close to the town centre.


Royal Canal Greenway

The Royal Canal stretches from Dublin through Kildare, Meath, Longford and Westmeath, and this section of it is perfect for walkers. Similar to the Bray to Greystones walk in neighbouring Wicklow, both towns on either side have a range of cafés and restaurants to call into in order to rest yourself after the walk. Start your Royal Canal Greenway journey in Maynooth and travel to the quaint town of Kilcock.


Carton House

The grounds of Carton House, a Fairmount Managed Hotel are renowned for their beauty, but the restaurant and art gallery are also hidden treasures. The Kildare Gallery has a wide selection of paintings and sculptures, and will impress art lovers of all genres. Carton House and all it has to offer is well worth a visit.


Golf at The K Club

Perhaps the most famous golf club in the country, the K Club, located in nearby Straffan, is a national treasure. The only Irish venue to have had the honour of hosting the Ryder Cup, the courses here are second to none. The hotel, spa and leisure centre at the K-Club are also fit for royalty, a great opportunity to spoil yourself. We highly recommend spending an afternoon in K Golf World to get the full experience!


Connolly’s Folly Obelisk

Located a little to the north on the main road from Celbridge to Maynooth, it was built in 1740 to provide employment for the poor during the famine at that time. Mrs. Connolly of Castletown, wife of ‘Speaker Connolly’ undertook the project. The monument consists of a 50 foot high obelisk atop a 50 foot podium of arches.


Maynooth Campus and Conference Accommodation

Maynooth Campus Conference and Accommodation offer quality accommodation in Maynooth to suit families or groups and is a great option for those looking to explore the Royal Canal Greenway. The university campus combines contemporary services in a setting steeped in tradition and distinguished by striking architecture and beautiful grounds!


Barberstown Castle

Ever wanted to stay in a castle? Now you can! 13th century castle, Barberstown was once the home to musician Mr. Eric Clayton in the 70’s and still has the original Castle Keep which dates back to the 1200’s! While there, visit the Victorian Tearooms close to the hotel for great coffee and delicious cakes in the unique setting of the 18th century stone farm buildings of Straffan Courtyard.

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