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Kildare Introduction

Set in the verdant Irish midlands, the county of Kildare is a terrific place for a relaxing rural holiday. Life-giving canals and rivers flow throughout the land, green limestone plains stretch as far as the eye can see, and fens and boglands shelter a diverse range of wildlife. It's also a haven for equine enthusiasts, with its world-class stud farms, racecourses and equestrian centres. vibrant culture.

Hotels in Kildare

Travellers looking to splurge on accommodations will find luxury hotels in Kildare to suit their needs. Inside these properties you'll find richly decorated suites, one or more world-class restaurants and bars, and state-of-the-art business centres. Relaxing is made more indulgent with indoor swimming pools and elegant spas, and some offer outdoor recreation in the way of tennis courts and golf courses. Budget-conscious travellers can choose from mid-range and inexpensive lodgings like cheerful B&Bs and guesthouses, which feature amenities like cable TV and free Wi-Fi and, in many cases, complimentary breakfast. Outdoor spaces like gardens, picnic areas and playgrounds are also common in most budget hotels.

Where to stay in Kildare

A good number of Kildare hotels can be found in Naas, the largest town in the county. Once a gathering place for the pre-Norman kings of Leinster, today it's popular for horse and motor racing, golf courses and a lively weekend farmer's market. The charming county town of Kildare is another interesting place to stay. It dates back to 480 AD, and on its streets you'll find a wide selection of restaurants, shops, cafes and pubs. The picturesque university town of Maynooth in northern Kildare offers scenic walks by the Royal Canal, dining of every kind and shopping centres galore.

Things to see in Kildare

The Irish National Stud lends to Kildare's prestigious reputation as Ireland's equine and equestrian capital. Located in Tully, it's where some of the horse-racing world's legendary thoroughbreds were born and bred. Explore the site and learn more about champions like Arkle in the Horse Museum, or take a stroll in the gorgeous Japanese Gardens. A visit to Castletown House in Celbridge is like stepping back into the 18th century. A fine example of Palladian architecture, it was built for William Conolly, speaker of the Irish House of Commons in the 1720s and Ireland's wealthiest man at the time. Take a tour and marvel at the art and antiques in the palace rooms, as well as the restored parklands and waterways around the estate. Hours of fun and adventure await families at Lullymore Heritage Park. Situated in the heart of the Bog of Allen, it's home to a pet farm, an indoor play centre and exhibitions showcasing the area's biodiversity.

How to get to Kildare

Dublin Airport is the closest aviation gateway to Kildare County, about a 40-minute drive away, while Shannon Airport and Cork Airport lie 2 and 3 hours away, respectively. For travellers coming in by sea, Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire are the nearest ports. Kildare is accessible from Dublin and other cities in Ireland by rail and by bus. Irish Rail operates Commuter train and InterCity services that serve routes through the county and Bus Éireann likewise runs commuter services on primary and secondary routes going to and within Kildare. The M4, M7 and M9 national routes also connect Kildare to other Irish destinations.

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