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.
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.
Leixlip is easily accessible by car and is located off Junction 5 and Junction 6 on the N4/M4 primary route.
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.
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.
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:
Taxis can be prebooked or hailed on the street if available.
Leixlip Festival, ([email protected]), . 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
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.