Regions in Kildare

Beautiful bridge in the Japanese Gardens one of the top tourist attractions in Kildare © Failte Ireland

About Kildare

County Kildare in the east of Ireland has vast areas of grazing land and is where the Bog of Allen, Ireland’s largest complex of raised bog, is situated. This wonderful landscape is responsible for its equine tradition, and some of the best-known stud farms in the world, including the Irish National Stud. Bloodstock sales take place regularly at Goff’s, located just outside the town of Kildare. 

The county offers a range of activities in addition to equestrian events, with a great selection of golf courses, motor racing, and fishing. The county is punctuated by a network of canals creating some delightful walks from village to village along well-worn toe paths. The Royal Canal Way is a 77km, long-distance walking trail ending in Mullingar. 

There are many historical places of interest including the university town of Maynooth, Straffan, and visitor attractions such as Newbridge Silver and the Japanese Gardens. Catch a horse racing event at one of Ireland’s most prestigious racetracks, the Curragh Racecourse. Play a round of golf on one of Ireland’s best-known golf courses, The K Club. 

For a wonderful family-friendly day out with interactive exhibits and outdoor attractions visit Lullymore Heritage & Discover Park. Or hike, cycle, and relax in the tranquil surroundings of Donadea Forst Park.  

The county is bordered by Dublin and access to the capital city makes Kildare a very good choice for visitors who like the country life but with the buzz of the city close by. Or head to Kildare Village, a luxury shopping outlet where you will find designer brands.  

From beautiful gardens to the great outdoors to a vast selection of culture in Ireland’s Ancient East including history and heritage, Kildare is the ideal destination for an Irish break. 

Map of Kildare


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