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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.




Maynooth is the only university town in Ireland, and as a result NUI Maynooth is naturally the focus of the whole town. Thankfully, the campus is beautiful, with gorgeous old stone buildings and lush greenery throughout. The resemblance to the fictional Hogwarts has not gone unnoticed as the university has been referenced as such by many international publications. The university even has a Hogwarts society, making it official.


Moyvalley Resort

Balyna Estate

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.


Leixlip to Maynooth Walk

Royal Canal Way

To walk from Leixlip to Maynooth along the canal will take about two hours in total. But what a two hours it’ll be. 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.


Maynooth Castle

Maynooth Castle is a historic ruin of a 13th century castle standing at the entrance of Maynooth University’s South Campus. The admission is free, but if you choose to go on a guided tour (for a small fee) the guides are incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful. The gardens and the gatehouse are also accessible to the public, perfect for a walk after the tour.


The Kildare Gallery

Carton House


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The grounds of Carton House 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.


Bog of Allen Nature Centre

Lullymore West

The Bog of Allen Nature Centre makes for both an informative and fun day out. The museum is full of interesting and eye-catching exhibits, explaining the culture significance of the boglands and how bogs are preserved. The staff are very friendly and helpful, making this a great day out for all the family.


The K Club



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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.


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.


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!