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Kildare is steeped in unique heritage and culture. Among the many visitor attractions in Kildare and Dublin includeThe Irish National Stud, Japanese Gardens, and St Fiachra's Garden pause for a moment and take a look at this Video of the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens which celebrated 100 years last year, Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park , Donadea Forest Park, Millennium Maze, St Marys Chapel in Leixlip and Maynooth College. Pause and visit the heritage towns of Athy – see artefacts of the famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and Kildare– where St. Bridgid first founded her monastery.
Marvel at the graceful houses with their gardens created of visual splendour for example Coolcarrigan Gardens near Timahoe, and Williamstown Gardens in Carbury, Ballindoolin House near Edenderry, Castletown House in Celbridge, Larchill Arcadian Gardens in Kilcock or Russborough House near Ballymore Eustace. Visit the Steam Museum and Lodge Park Garden in Straffan. Visit open farms such as Clonfert Farm & Bog in Carbury, Morrell Farm in Straffan, or the unique Straffan Butterfly Farm. Ballitore Quaker Museum is the Mary Leadbetter House in the village and this museum contains artefacts based on the Quaker families that lived there.
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Travel to Wicklow and visit Glendalough Visitors Centre. Learn how the monastry developed and see how it is today in the vally.
Travel then to Wicklow Town and a must if Wicklow Goal. Expierence how the prisoners were accommodated, sentanced and schooled. A great attraction for all the family.
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o0 For Children 0o
On site we have a Childrens play centre with swing, seesaw, slide and climbing rope.
A visit to Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park is must for any child with its indoor Funky Forest and outdoor Fionn MacCumhaill's Adventure Playground. Visit the KBowl at Toughers Business Park, or just next door check out The Magic Castle. Trot along to The Irish National Stud Gardens & Horse Museum in Kildare and see the little foals and the Children can explore the Japanese gardens its paths and tunnels Let the children run wild in St Fiachra’s garden (bring some bread for the ducks).
A must is Larchill which is near Kilcock and just off the M4. Scenic walks through 10 magical gardens and follies. There is also a lake which has two fairytale island follies and surrounding this you can see rare bread animals grazing.In the walled garden there is a shell lined tower and Gothic farmyard. The Pet's corner and wooden playground add to the enjoyment for the children and after this Mums & Dads need a rest and where better than the in the Barn tea rooms where a tea and scone are well deserved. Put Larchill Arcadian Gardens on your itinerary and you wont be disappointed.
Open from May to 31st August Straffan Butterfly Museum is a must place to visit. Just off the M4 and near Clane in the village of Straffan and only a few minutes from Robertstown self Catering Cottages.If you have children that love Butterflies, or creepy crawlies such as stick insects, scorpions, millipedes or small reptiles then this is the place to visit. BOYS love it. As a girl I love the Butterflies they are so beautiful and thank goodness the spiders are in glass cases - as I am afraid of spiders!!!..........this is a great place for all ages child and adult alike.
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The National Leprechaun Museum is a must for both Adults and Children. Relive the folklore tales & stories or Ireland and see how Cú Chulainn, Tuatha Dé Dannan, Fairies (Sí in Irish) lived - a great experience for all.
o0o Adventure o0o
For a more adventurous day take a trip to Buggy World where the children and adults can "play" alongside each other whether it is in mud buggies, archery or rifle shooting. Buggy World offers family based activities for Children and Adults with safety in mind. All the activities are well marshaled and they just want you to have fun.
Pop along to the Fun Factory in Naas for a truly enjoyable day for the children where you can allow them to get rid of some of that energy. Visit Larchill Gardens and pet farm, go Horseriding from a host of riding facilities locally like Abbeyfield Farm Equestrian Centre or Ballyteague Stables, or in Castledermott at Pittfield Equestrian centre.
o0o Cinema & Movies o0o
Want to see a Film or Movie then you have two Cinemas to choose from Storm Cinema in Naas or UCI in Newbridge.
oo Historical Sites oo
• Hill of Allen – between Robertstown and Milltown. It was the seat of the great Irish Warrior Fionn MacCumhaill commander of Ná Fianna and his sons Óisin and Fergus. This folly or tower was built on top of the hill by Sir Gerald Alymer. The stones in the staircase of the tower were quarried in Edenderry and brought to Robertstown by boat and then carted to Allen.
• Lullymore – is a small mineral island that rises from the Bog of Allen and is about 9000 years old!
• Fr Moores Well – Located on the road from Milltown to Kildare town. This is one of the best-known holy wells in Kildare Fr. John Moore, was born in Rathbride and is buried at the old cemetery in Allen (beside Mulrennan’s Shop). He was ordained in Maynooth and appointed as curate to Allen in 1803. Over the years pilgrims travelled from far and near for his cures.
• St Brigids Well - Is regarded as a 'healing well' and again thronged by pilgrims where healing liturgies are often held. St Bridget's well is situated near the Irish National Stud at Tully in Kildare town.
• Kildare Cathedral - St. Brigid, was born in 453 A.D., and is one of the three most famous Irish saints, along with St. Patrick and St. Columcille. She then founded a monastery on the edge of the Curragh Plains near a stand of oak trees on land given to her by the King of Leinster. The settlement flourished and gave the county its name Cill Dara – “ Church of the Oak”. St Brigid was a deeply religious person, even as a child, she was the first woman who engaged in church work in Ireland. She then built her church originally in wood but was later burnt down and replaced by a stone structure. As a place of interest both historically and religiously, Kildare Cathedral is second only to that of the Cathedral Church of Armagh. St Brigids feast day is 1st February and on this day each house hold places a St Brigids cross, which is traditionally made from reeds on the Curragh, in their house to protect it from fire.
• Moone High Cross – is near the village of Moone in the south of Kildare. In the ruins of a medieval church and legend has it that the cross was erected to St Columcille who founded Moone Abbey in the 6th Century.
• Ballymore Eustace High Cross – situated outside Naas on the Wicklow border. Close to the site of an old Protestant church is the present day St. John’s Church of Ireland, which was built in 1820. It houses a FitzEustace effigy dated to the early sixteenth century and an ancient font.
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Here is a list of just some of the Things to do In Kildare.