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Things to do in County Kildare

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Gym
“Beautiful lakes with boats available to hire or a green way walk or cycle around.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Great views and lovely people at this horse riding stables. Lots of different types of treks available. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Golf Course
“lovely walk from Maynooth all the way around the truly lovely grounds, amazing golf course and a great spot for a drink and food. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
University
  • 4 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Athy is a designated HERITAGE TOWN OF IRELAND and the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum focuses on the history of Athy and the surrounding area. Located in the former 18th century Market House (now Athy Town Hall), Athy Heritage Centre-Museum brings the history of Athy to life, from its Anglo Norman foundation, through the 1903 Gordon Bennett Race, to Athy Men and World War 1 and the story of local Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Athy Heritage Centre-Museum has the only permanent exhibition anywhere devoted to Shackleton. Its highlights include an original sledge and harness from one of his Antartic expeditions, a 15 foot model of Shackleton's ship 'Endurance' and an audio visual display featuring original film footage of his 1914-1916 expedition. The Heritage Centre hosts an annual Ernest Shackleton Autumn School over the October bank holiday weekend.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cafe
“So close, food really good, lovely wine bar and also in Maynooth town where you can find great nightlife. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lodging
“ Par 72 course in Dunlavin which is a 1 hour 15 minute drive via Roundwood and Glendalough. It's actually 10 minutes quicker to drive via the motorway (M50/M7/M9) but for the scenery, I'd always go across the Wicklow mountains.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Nature
“There are lovely walks and a small lake with ducks. Some trees are named with information about them.There is also a Cafe with outdoor seating, toilets and smoking area. There are replicas of the N.Y. twin towers inscribed with the names of all the police and firemen who died on 9/11/01 including a local man who was one of the firemen.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“A bit of a hidden gem - hard to believe you are so close to town and yet the walk through the woods and around the lake makes you feel you are far away from busy roads. Takes less then an hour to walk the loop.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
“Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park is a day visitor attraction located on a mineral island in the Bog of Allen between the villages of Rathangan and Allenwood in North West Kildare. The Park was officially opened by President Mary Robinson in 1993 and has developed its facilities to presently provide a quality blend of education, leisure and fun to both Irish and overseas visitors. In addition to vital local community services the park has become an important regional centre for both employment and training. Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park is open to the public and for community use 7 days a week all year round.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Castletown is Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian style house. Built between 1722 and 1729 for William Conolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland. The façade was almost certainly designed by the Italian architect, Alessandro Galilei, while the Irish architect Sir Edward Lovett Pearce added the wings. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Designer outlet shopping in Kildare town with over 90 luxury fashion and home wear boutiques. Our tip? Avoid the crowds by visiting on a weekday morning. If you have to visit during the weekend go their early and then head to Hartes in Kildare for a spot of lunch!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cafe
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  • 1 local recommends
Mountain
“Lugnaquilla is Leinster's hightest peak, with an elevation of just over 3,000 feet. On a clear day views stretch across the Irish Sea to the mountains of Snowdonia in Wales.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Route
“Excellent variety of sports available and also the location for the start of the Greenway”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“We love their beautiful Menu for lunch! Really creative and only 20 mins away.”
  • 3 locals recommend