Things to do in Kildare
A short 30-minute drive from Ireland’s Capital, Dublin nestled in farmland landscapes and set around the famous Curragh Plains is the County of Kildare. Kildare is rich in Culture and History and is home to many tourism attractions, shopping, vibrant bars & Award-winning Restaurants- Kildare offers something for everyone.
We have pulled together our Favourite ‘Things to do in Kildare’ to get you inspired!
Kildare’s National Stud & Japanese Gardens
Kildare its best known for its thoroughbred roots, Experience True Nature at the unique Kildare National Stud, which is home to many magnificent and prize-winning horses. Their focus here is to produce Irish thoroughbreds capable of being crowned champions at home and abroad. They have a horse museum open to the public for you to learn about the greatest and most famous Irish horses in history. The Japanese Gardens within the grounds is famous throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe. Enjoy a walk around this haven, where you will find many blossoms, trees, rocks & water. A complete natural environment to cleanse the mind. They have a playground to entertain the children too!
Kildare Village Outlets
Enjoy some retail therapy at One of Ireland’s finest shopping village. A fabulous day of luxury shopping in a destination nestled within landscaped grounds and presented in an authentic and chic environment. With 100’s of brands such as Mulberry, Hugo Boss, Brooks Brothers, Armani, Louise Kennedy, Karen Millen plus much more all offering up to 60% off all year round. Grab some more energy for shopping with many Restaurants, Cafés, pop ups or simply a coffee to go!
Newbridge Silverware & Visitor Centre
For the first time in its history, Newbridge Silverware has opened its doors to offer the public a ‘behind the scenes’ experience with its factory tour, here you will be able to see first-hand the intricate craft of creating quality sterling silver and silver plated tableware as well as the many jewellery and gift items which Newbridge Silverware is renowned for worldwide. The Museum hosts numerous collections and artefacts relating to Stars including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Grace, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, the Beatles and many more. Shop the complete range of products from Jewellery and Giftware to Homeware and Cutlery. Don’t forget to stop by the Award-Winning Café Carleton and enjoy a bite to eat!
Outstanding architecture with nearly three centuries of fascinating history and magnificent collections, the house and exhibition centre should not be missed. A guided tour of the house is an excellent way for visitors to discover Irish architecture, art, and interior. Get out into the great outdoors and explore their grounds by foot, choose from the 2km wildlife trail or the 2km woodland and rhododendron trail and loose yourself in the picturesque views overlooking the Wicklow Mountains and Blessington lakes. Russborough hosts a variety of fun and exciting annual and special events. From music performances to garden shows, sports events, and cultural programming, everyone will find something to enjoy. Onsite they also have excellent facilities for children to enjoy including a playground, magical fairy island, maze, parkland walks, artist's studios and the National Bird of Prey Centre.
If you happen to choose Killashee for your stay while you explore our wonderful County, be sure to pick up our 'Killashee Treats Programme' for discounts on local attractions and shopping
Behind The Scenes Tour at The Curragh
The world renowned Curragh Racecourse in Co.Kildare is really "Where Champions Are Made". It is Ireland's premier racecourse and houses over 1,000 racehorses that are currently in training on the grounds. This globally sought out attraction is only a short 15 minutes drive from our gates at Killashee and all visitors can avail of free parking upon arrival. Tours are available every week on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9.30am, the perfect attraction for your midweek escape.