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Kildare Village

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Kildare Village

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Kildare is in County Kildare.

Understand[edit]

Kildare's name comes from the Irish Cill Dara or Church of the Oak as St. Brigid supposedly founded a church right next to an oak tree.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

From/to Dublin Bus Eireann [3] route 126 runs at least hourly and takes about 1.5hrs from Dublin Connolly LUAS station to downtown Kildare. €16/adult €12/student (return).

By car[edit]

From Dublin, go along the M7/N7 to Kildare.

Get around[edit]

Kildare is small enough to walk around on foot.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Irish National Stud/Japanese Gardens/St Fiachra's Garden/Horse Museum, Tully Rd (20min walk south on Bride St, continuing onto Tully Rd, over the highway), 045 521251 (, fax: 045 522129), [1]. Feb-Nov 09:30-18:00 (last entry 5pm). The largest attraction in Kildare Village is a combination of a working thoroughbred horse farm and extensive gardens. The grounds also include the Black Abbey. €12.50/adults, €9.50/student/seniors, €7/children.  edit
  • St. Brigid's Cathedral and grounds. The cathedral stands on the grounds of the original wooden church that St. Brigid supposedly founded. On the grounds there is an underground vault (St. Brigid's kitchen), a round tower whose foundations are from the first millennium, and the foundations of an ancient fire temple (St. Brigid's Fire Temple). Cathedral/grounds: free, round tower: €4/adult €2/child.  edit
  • Kildare Castle, (behind the Silken Thomas restaurant/bar). 24hrs. One tower of the original castle still stands. free.  edit
  • Kildare Heritage Centre, 045 530672 (), [2]. M-Sa 9:30-13, 14-17:30. The building is the original Market House for the town of Kildare. The ground floor is a tourist office and the upper floor is a small museum showing the history of the town.  edit
  • Curragh Plains. 24hrs. The largest semi-natural expanse of green land in Europe. You'll pass it while driving into the town from Dublin. Contains a military training camp and a military museum. free.  edit
  • St. Brigid's Well, (off of Tully Rd before reaching the National Stud). 24hrs. A picturesque cemetery area free.  edit
  • Grey Abbey, (SW of the town centre). daytime. free.  edit
  • White Abbey (White Carmelite Church), (NW of the town centre). daytime. free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Climb the Round Tower, St. Brigid's Cathedral. morning-1pm, 2-5pm. Climbing to the top will be rewarded with the highest vantage point in Kildare €4/adult €2/child.  edit
  • Walking Tour. Tourist information has a guided walking tour of the city available.  edit


Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Tourist Information Office, Kildare Heritage Centre, Marke Sq, 045 530672 (). M-Sa 9:30-13, 14-17:30. >A souvenir shop in on the ground floor of the heritage centre offers standard knickknacks mostly involving St. Brigid's Cross.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Daniel Boland's, The Square, 045 521263. Food served M-Sa 10:00-16:00. The Boland family have owned this traditional business since they first built the premises 120 years ago. Over the decades the business has evolved from being a traditional General Merchant into its present format of an award winning Public House serving high quality food and drinks. In 2012 Daniel Boland's reached the national final of the Licencsing World Bar Awards, a competition which spans all licencsed premises in the Republic of Ireland.This is the latest in a list of acolades awarded to the business in recent years. €4-11.  edit
  • Harte's Bar & Grill, The Square, 045 533557. Relatively expensive, but they have several steak options.  edit
  • Kildare Village Outlet Shopping. Open 7 days a week.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

There are several pubs located all around the square.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Get out[edit]

  • Dublin is only 1hr by car.
  • Naas is less than 30min away by car or bus.

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