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Top Things To Do In Kildare When It Rains

There’s nowhere like Ireland, particularly Kildare, when the sun shines. From our stunning hiking trails, to our beautiful canals and the old relics of Ireland’s Ancient East, the Thoroughbred County really is beautiful!

But let’s face it, we get our fair share of rainy days, and we’re not always up for donning the wellies on a wet day.

Rather than let the bad weather dampen our spirits, today at Into Kildare, we’ve rounded up the best things to do in Kildare when it rains!

So bookmark this page, and save it for a rainy weekend!


Shackleton Museum


The Shackleton Museum in Athy is a must-see for history buffs! And you’re in luck, this Saturday, February 15th, artist Angelina Foster is hosting a Create Your Own Journal event in the museum, where participants can create their own notebooks just like Ernest Shackleton on the 1915 Endurance expedition.

Using coptic stitch Angelina will guide you to bind your own fabric clothed journal and screen print the Shackleton motto “By Endurance we conquer” in English or Latin “Fortitudine Vincimus” on the front cover.

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This great indoor centre in Naas includes lots of different things to do such as, bowling, Wacky World children’s play area, KZone and the KDiner to fill up after all that exercise!

From just €6 per person, enjoy a game of bowling, and afterward relax with a pizza and chicken wings!

K-Bowl is also a great place to book a birthday party, let the adults sit back while the kids have the time of their life with the dedicated party host!


Museum of Style Icons

Athgarvan Road, Newbridge

Stay out of the rain and take shelter in the fascinating Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre, home to wardrobe pieces of some of the most famous icons from modern history, including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Grace, the Beatles and many more.

Currently on display are pieces from the lives of Olivia Newton John, Kurt Cobain,  Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Day and more.

Plan your visit now through the Museum of Icons website.


Carton House



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Just twenty five minutes from Dublin, Carton House is one of Ireland’s most exquisite national treasures. Carton is a 1,100 acre fully walled estate and is steeped in Irish history. Take a walk through Carton House and admire the decor, portraits, dining rooms and more.


Tour of Maynooth College



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Make a rainy day interesting with a beautiful guided tour of Maynooth College. This is no ordinary campus, as the college holds centuries worth of history within its walls.

An informative guided tour that takes you through one of the most beautiful and historic campus settings in Ireland. Maynooth Castle, Ireland’s medieval seat of power, overlooks the entrance gate, the starting-point for the tour.

Learn about Ireland’s modern history and the part Maynooth College played in the rebellions. Did you know Eamon de Valera took refuge here while on the run following the 1916 Uprising?

Travel further back in time and listen to old tales of Irish ghosts, the Great Famine, and more.


Saint Brigid’s Cathedral

Market Square


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St Brigid’s Cathedral was built by the Norman Bishop Ralph of Bristol in 1223. The entire site is steeped in ancient religious history; it’s believed to be the location at which Saint Brigid founded a nunnery in the 5th century.

Located in the centre of Kildare town, and run by incredibly knowledgeable staff, Saint Bridget’s Cathedral and accompanying Round Tour is a must see in Kildare. The top of the Round Tour is home to some of the best views of the midlands and beyond. The Cathedral has helpful and informative.


Kildare Village

Nurney Road

Shop ‘til you drop (and keep perfectly dry!) in Kildare Village. With more than 100 boutiques all under one roof with up to 60% off retail prices, you can spend the afternoon grabbing some bargains before finishing the day off with some proper grub in one of the dozens of restaurants right on site.


Crookstown Craft & Village


Crookstown Craft Village is a creative space for everyone – craftspeople and those who love crafts. A hub where beautiful handmade objects can be designed and bought or just enjoyed.

Call in and see work by renowned artist and calligrapher, Josephine Hardiman, portraits and handbags by craftsperson Sandra Petit Frere as well as patchwork and knitted items.


Go For A Pint

For our 18+ readers, there’s nothing else like a good pint of Guinness on a great bar stool on a rainy day! Watch the match, listen to some good Irish tunes or swap some stormy tales of the past, and wash it down with a good Kildare pint!

Looking for the best of the black stuff? There’s no better person to ask than a local! Check out our poll where we asked the people of Kildare to vote for the best pint in the county here.