Ireland’s horse heritage has developed from folklore, legends and high kings to a place where the story of the horse is embedded within our DNA. From ancient warriors to stud farm legends, County Kildare is steeped in history, horses and heroes.
Yet there’s more to the Thoroughbred County than mythical warriors and racing royalty. Its waterways, boglands and fertile pastures make it a land of eye-catching colourful contrasts. A glorious blend of old and new, County Kildare is one of the most unique places to visit in Ireland where everybody and anybody is very warmly welcomed.
Famous around the world for its link with the horse and picturesque landscapes, fueled by great people, unique stories, food, shopping and places to stay.
Things to do in Kildare
Kildare is full of things to explore and discover. See below some of our favourites.
The Curragh Racecourse
Ireland’s premier international flat horse racing venue and one of the most iconic sporting venues in the world.
Kildare Village is home to over 100 brands from the world’s most exciting designers. Discover open-air shopping and the finest eateries.
Nothing beats the excitement of day at the races in Naas. Great food, entertainment and racing!
Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre is a contemporary shopper’s paradise featuring the famous Museum of Style Icons and the unique Factory Tour.
A unique mix of heritage, woodland walks, biodiversity, peatlands, beautiful gardens, train trips, pet farm, fairy village and more.
The home of Irish Jump Racing and hosts to the famous five-day Punchestown Festival. A world class event venue.
Legends of Kildare VR
Located at the Kildare Heritage Centre, Legends of Kildare Virtual Reality experience transports you back in time on an emotional and magical journey which allows you to connect directly with these ancient characters.
Places to Eat, Drink & Stay in Kildare
Explore the best places to eat in Kildare and book a fine-dining experience in a gourmet restaurant. Discover experimental menus and inventive ingredients, make it a meal to remember.
Stop off at one of the county’s gastropubs, appreciate the gorgeous interiors and the fresh takes on signature Irish dishes. Head to Kildare town for some stylish cocktails and dance the night away.
With its energetic nightlife and warm welcome, you’ll soon return to the Thoroughbred County.
Cunningham’s, located on the square in Kildare Town is housed in “The Round Tower House” building and dates back to 1916. It celebrates ingredient-focused cooking with their extensive menu filled with Thai dishes and also some European classics.
Award-winning gastropub serving Irish cuisine, artisan beers and steak cooked on a hot stone.
Located in the heart of the Market Square, and under the shadow of St Brigids Cathedral. Firecastle is a family grocer, delicatessen, bakery and café with cookery school and 10 en suite guest bedrooms.
A family operated business, which was established over 45 years ago. Located in the heart of Kildare Town, the renowned Silken Thomas has been a cornerstone of the local community for decades.
The Hanged Mans Pub and Restaurant is located in Milltown, Newbridge, Co Kildare in Ireland and offers quality food in a great atmosphere.
Killashee Hotel, Spa & Leisure is a 4 star luxury hotel in Naas, Kildare with magnificent views over the Wicklow mountains and Kildare countryside.
The K Club is a stylish country resort, firmly anchored in old-school Irish hospitality in a delightfully relaxed and unfussy way.
The Keadeen Hotel
An independent family owned 4-star hotel renowned for their warm, friendly, and professional service in a cosy, homely, and relaxing environment.
This 4-star hotel is a welcoming, modern and luxurious spot for rest, romance, and relaxation with a Travelers Choice Award 2020.
Kildare House Hotel
The welcoming ambiance of a Country House Hotel with the advantage of being perfectly located in the heart of Kildare town.
Luxury accommodation in one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland dating back to 1180.
Uncover Ireland's Ancient East
Experience Ireland’s Ancient East where vibrant history and modern life meet. Enjoy memorable food experiences, wander down the cobbled streets of medieval towns and explore the gorgeous gardens of this scenic region.
Hear local legends and mythical tales of the east of Ireland on a lively walking tour or travel back in time at an ancient monastic site. Head on an epic mountain hike and after, experience the cultural riches of the incredible cities.
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Irish National Stud & Gardens,
Brallistown Little, Tully, Co. Kildare,
R51 KX25, Ireland