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Historic Building in County Kildare

Castletown House

The magnificent Castletown House simply has no peer. It is Ireland’s largest and most imposing Georgian estate, and a testament to the vast wealth enjoyed by the Anglo-Irish gentry during the 18th century. The hour-…
Notable Building in County Kildare

Wonderful Barn

Six teetering storeys wrapped by an exterior spiral staircase, on private property just outside Leixlip.
Castle in Maynooth

Maynooth Castle

Near the entrance to St Patrick's College you can see the ruined gatehouse, keep and great hall of this 13th-century castle, once home of the Fitzgerald family. The castle was dismantled in Cromwellian times, when t…
Museum in Straffan

Steam Museum & Lodge Park Walled Garden

The history of steam power and its role in the development of industry is told at the Steam Museum, located in an old church. The Power Hall has six 19th-century steam engines, from breweries, distilleries, factorie…
Wildlife in Straffan

Straffan Butterfly Farm

At the Straffan Butterfly Farm, you can wander through a tropical greenhouse full of enormous exotic butterflies, or commune with critters such as Larry, the leopard gecko.
Nature Centre in Along the Grand Canal

Bog of Allen Nature Centre

The wonderfully interpretive Bog of Allen Nature Centre is a fascinating institution run by the nonprofit Irish Peatland Conservation Council. It traces the history of bogs and peat production, and has the largest c…
Nature Reserve in Along the Grand Canal

Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park

A rather mangy rabbit mascot greets visitors to the cheerful Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park, about 1km north of the Bog of Allen Nature Centre. It's aimed right at kids; a woodland trail leads you past vari…
Arts & Crafts in Newbridge & the Curragh

Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre

The Newbridge Silverware Showroom is a purely commercial venture that trades on the area’s metalwork heritage as it peddles vast quantities of silver-plated spoons, forks and whatnots. At the back of the showroom is…
Cathedral in Kildare Town

St Brigid's Cathedral

The solid presence of 13th-century St Brigid's Cathedral looms over Market Sq. Look out for a fine stained-glass window inside that depicts the three main saints of Ireland: Patrick, Brigid and Colmcille. The church…
Gardens in Kildare Town

Irish National Stud & Gardens

With highlights such as the 'Teasing Shed', the Irish National Stud, about 3km south of town, is the big attraction in the locality – horse-mad Queen Elizabeth II dropped in during her historic 2011 visit. This imma…