Top things to do

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-…
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…
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…
Arts & Crafts in 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…
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…
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…
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 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…
Museum in The Curragh

Museum of Style Icons

At the back of the Newbridge Silverware Showroom is the totally out-of-place Museum of Style Icons, which displays an ever-changing range of star-studded memorabilia, including a jacket once worn by Michael Jackson,…
Shopping Centre in Kildare Town

Kildare Village

They come from all over the country to buy discounted versions of their favourite brands at this American-style outlet mall about 1km south of town (just off exit 13 on the M7 motorway). More than a hundred high str…