Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in County Kildare

Castletown House

Magnificent Castletown House simply has no peer. It is Ireland’s most imposing Georgian estate, and a testament to the vast wealth enjoyed by the Anglo-Irish gentry during the 18th century. Hour-long guided tours be…
Gardens in Kildare Town

Irish National Stud & Gardens

The Irish National Stud, about 3km south of town, is the big attraction in Kildare – horse-mad Queen Elizabeth II dropped in during her historic 2011 visit. This immaculately kept centre is owned and managed by the …
Christian Site in County Kildare

Moone High Cross

One of Ireland's most magnificent early Christian monuments, the unusually tall and slender Moone High Cross is an 8th- or 9th-century masterpiece, housed within the ruins of a 13th-century abbey. It displays carved…
University in Maynooth

St Patrick's College

Part of NUI Maynooth, and turning out Catholic priests since 1795, St Patrick's College & Seminary is Ireland's second-oldest university (after Trinity College, Dublin). The college buildings are impressive – Go…
Cathedral in Kildare Town

St Brigid's Cathedral

The solid presence of 13th-century St Brigid's Cathedral looms over Kildare's Market Sq. Look out for a fine stained-glass window that depicts Ireland's three principal saints: Patrick, Brigid and Colmcille. The chu…
Museum in County Kildare

Bog of Allen Nature Centre

A fascinating institution run by the nonprofit Irish Peatland Conservation Council, this interpretive centre celebrates the amazing biodiversity of Ireland's bogs, and traces the history of peat extraction and the t…
Nature Reserve in County Kildare

Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park

Developed on an area of cutaway bog, where peat has been extracted for commercial purposes, this award-winning, family-oriented park offers a huge range of activities. A woodland trail leads past various points of i…
Notable Building in County Kildare

Wonderful Barn

This bizarre building, looking a bit like a Georgian helter-skelter with a spiral staircase winding around its tapering exterior, was built for Lady Katherine, widow of William Conolly (1662–1729), who built Castlet…
Museum in The Curragh

Museum of Style Icons

Housed inside the Newbridge Silverware showroom, beneath a sparkle of glitter balls, is this unexpected display of star-studded memorabilia. There are exhibits showcasing dresses, suits and stage costumes that were …
Historic Site in Straffan

Oughterard Round Tower & Cemetery

The 10m-tall stump of an 8th-century round tower marks this ancient Christian site, 7km southeast of Straffan. The name in Gaelic means 'high place', and the view of the green Kildare countryside is sweeping. But th…