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K Club
PGA National Ireland Golf Club at Johnstown
Carton House Gold Club
Book Golf Tee Times
Horses Racing
The Curragh Racecourse
Naas Racecourse
Punchestown Racecourse
The National Stud
Tourism Sites
Kildare Tourism Website
East Coast & Midlands Tourism
Visit Kildare
Visit Wicklow
Visit Carlow
Visit Dublin
Local Information
Famous for horse breeding and racing Co. Kildare has plenty more to offer the tourists with its luxuriant grasslands and peatlands crossed by canals and the Barrow and Liffey Rivers. The K-Club in Straffan is the location for the 2006 Ryder Cup.
The little village of Celbridge on the River Liffey boasts two major visitor attractions. Castletown House is Ireland's largest and finest Palladian country house, built around 1722 for the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, William Connolly. Celbridge Abbey Grounds, situated on the River LIffey and its Millrace, are being developed by the St. John of God Order as a historical, cultural and environmental amenity for the public.
Maynooth is best known for St. Patrick's College, Ireland's centre for training Catholic clergy. The seminary was established in 1795 on the site of an earlier college and it library contains some rare manuscripts and old printed books. The Maynooth College Visitor Centre & Museum offers a variety of attractions, including an ecclesiastical museum with exhibits illustrating the history of the church in Ireland, a chapel and gardens.
About 3 miles east of Maynooth, the 12th century Lexilip Castle stands overlooking the Liffey with its front gates on the village main street. It is privately owned by Desmond Guinness. The castle has a Georgian interior and contains some interest Irish furniture and pictures.
The pleasant town of Kildare owes its foundation to Ireland's most revered female saints, Brigid who came here sometime in the 6th century. St. Brigid's Cathedral stands beside the market square, where the oddly names Silken Thomas pub is also situated. With its brightly painted shop-fronts, busy pubs and of course well-patronised betting shops, Kildare is a lively place but its three major visitor attractions are located just outside the town.
The Irish National Stud allows visitors to tour the neat buildings, watch the horses being exercised and groomed or just roam free in the paddocks. Next door to the Stud and in complete contrast are the Japanese Gardens. Close by is the peaceful St. Fiachra's Garden created in memory of the 7th century monk. A couple of miles east of Kildare is the Curragh Racecourse, the centre of the Irish racing world and host to all the classic Irish races.
As well as being close to the Curragh, Japanese Gardens and the National Stud, there are no fewer than 20 golf courses within a 30 minute drive Rustic Rest. The cottages are also less than an hour's drive from Dublin airport.
The Great Outdoors
Ballindoolin House & Gardens
Larchill Arcadian Gardens
Coolcarrigan Gardens
Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park
Bog of Allen Nature Centre (former Peatland World)
Donadea Forest Park and 9/11 memorial
Online Fishing Ireland
Maynooth Fisheries
Mondello Park
Riverbank Arts Centre
Athy Heritage Centre
Kildare Genealogy Centre
Kildare Heritage Centre
Steam Museum
Maynooth College
Moat Theatre
Times Restaurant and Pub
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