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Leixlip is a town in County Kildare.


The name "Leixlip" comes from the Old Norse Lax Hlaup which means "salmon leap". The was the name given to the area by Vikings when they established a settlement near the confluence of the river Liffey and Rye Water in the 9th century. The salmon leap itself was a pair of large waterfalls which are now gone from view following the installation of a hydroelectric power station in the mid 1940s. The town name in Irish (Léim an Bhradáin) is a direct translation of the salmon leap, and was first adopted in the 1890s.

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By plane[edit]

The nearest commercial airport to Leixlip is Dublin Airport. Weston airfield is located just outside the town and has facilities for private light aircraft and helicopters.

By car[edit]

Leixlip is easily accessible by car and is located off Junction 5 and Junction 6 on the N4/M4 primary route.

By bus[edit]

Leixlip is serviced by a number of Dublin Bus routes. The main route is number 66 which runs through the center of the village and past the Intel plant and terminates in Maynooth. The 66A services the Confey area of Leixlip. The 66B route services the Celbridge road as far as the Hewlett Packard plant. Buses typically run from 6.30 to 23:15 Monday to Friday with separate timetables Saturday and Sunday. Cash fare from Dublin is €3.30 with discounts available for Leap card holders. There is also an express bus service (route 66X) which runs in the mornings and evenings Monday to Friday with several buses terminating at the UCD Belfield campus. There is also a night bus service (route 66N) on a Friday and Saturday night which departs from Westmoreland Street in Dublin on the hour from midnight to the last bus at 4am. There is no night service from Leixlip to Dublin. Timetables and real time bus information are available on the Dublin Bus website.

By train[edit]

Leixlip has two train stations, Leixlip Confey and Louisa Bridge, on the Dublin-Maynooth-Longford-Sligo line. There are frequent commuter trains servicing these stations.

Get around[edit]

Leixlip is a small village and is easily accessible on foot.

There are also a number of local taxi/hackney companies that operate in the area including:

  • Century Cabs (phone 01-6014411)
  • C Cabs (phone 01-6246808)
  • Topmark Cabs (phone 01-6247500)

Taxis can be prebooked or hailed on the street if available.

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  • Leixlip Castle, Main Street, Leixlip, +353 1 6244430. Limited opening days or by prior arrangement. Originally built as a twelfth-century Norman fortress and later transformed to a home in the 17th Century. The Castle is currently owned by the Hon. Desmond Guinness, founder of the Irish Georgian Society. Features of interest to be found in the grounds of the castle are the gothic greenhouse, the temple seat, the gazebo and the gate lodge. It is advised to contact the property directly prior to making arrangements to visit. Fee: Adult €8, OAP/Student/Child €4.
  • The Wonderful Barn, Celbridge Road, Leixlip (just past Elton Court estate before M4 bridge on R404). The Wonderful Barn is an unusual corkscrew-shaped building on the edge of Castletown House Estate of the Conolly family. It is flanked by two smaller dovecote towers. The barn was built in 1743 as a famine relief scheme and is an excellent example of the follies to be found in Ireland. There is no access to the interior of the buildings but it is situated in a small parkland with a number of short walking paths and local allotments nearby. (Free)
  • Leixlip Spa, Royal Canal, Maynooth Road, Leixlip (about 5 minute walk from Louisa Bridge). Located close to the Royal Canal, this hot spring discovered in 1793 bubbles up at 23.9 degrees Celsius (75 degrees F) and drains into the Rye River. A Roman style bath was built around it and the spa attracted large number of visitors in the late 1700s and the 1800s due to the supposed healing properties of the water. Since the 1960's it has fallen into disrepair but recent efforts have attempted to restore it and remove litter. (Free)

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Leixlip Festival, (), [1]. June Bank Holiday weekend. Annual festival held over the 3 days of the June Bank Holiday weekend. The main street is closed to vehicle traffic for the weekend and a variety of street entertainment, amusement rides and events take place. Local pubs often run special live music events. Firework display on the Sunday evening has been a feature for the last number of years. Free.  edit

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  • Alannadale Chinese Restaurant, Main Street (located 2nd floor above Spar), ☎ +353 1 6245004. Daily 17:00 to midnight. Restaurant serving a wide range of typical Chinese, Thai and Asian cuisine. Takeway and delivery options available. €10 to €20.
  • Becketts Hotel, Cooldrinagh House, Leixlip, ☎ +353 1 6247040 (info@beckettshotel.ie ). Lunch 12:00 to 14:30, dinner 18:00 to 22:00. Located in a Georgian manor house, the restaurant in this small hotel offers offers a variety of Irish and European dishes in a slightly finer dining experience than other local options. Early bird and specials available. €20 to €35 for main course.
  • Da Vincis, Main Street, ☎ +353 1 6244908(info@davincis.ie). Su to Th 12:00 to 22:00, Fr and Sa 12:00 to 23:00. Long standing restaurant serving authentic Italian and Mediterranean food. Excellent handmade pizzas with gluten free options. Relaxed family friendly atmosphere. Takeaway and delivery options available. €15-€25 for main course.
  • Salmon Leap Inn, Leixlip Road, Co. Dublin, ☎ +353 1 629 5843 (thesalmonleap@gmail.com). Daily 9:00 to 23:30. Recently renovated pub offering good selection of quality pub dishes using local ingredients. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menu available. Mid week specials and live music at weekends. Good place for casual dining and a drink. €15 to €30 (specials available).

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Like other towns of its size in Ireland, Leixlip has a number of local pubs on the main street. There is no longer any night club located in the town with most opting to travel to Dublin city or nearby Maynooth for late night drinking.

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