Things to do in Kildare – Self-Catering Stay

Looking for a great place to stay in Co. Kildare? Check out the three lovely properties conserved and cared for  by Irish Landmark Trust on the grounds of Castletown Estate in Celbridge: Castletown Gatehouse, Castletown Round House, and Batty Langley Lodge. These unique accommodations serve as the perfect starting point for exploring all that Kildare has to offer. From historical sites like St. Brigid’s Cathedral and Castletown House to outdoor activities along the Barrow Way and Royal Canal Greenway, there’s something for everyone. Horse lovers will enjoy visiting the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens, as well as the famous Curragh Racecourse. With so many options, Irish Landmark Trust has put together a handy 7-day itinerary to help you make the most of your stay at one of their properties and experience the best of Co. Kildare.

Where to stay

Irish Landmark Trust offers three unique self-catering properties on the grounds of Castletown Estate in Celbridge:

  • Castletown Gatehouse: This charming gatehouse, built in the 18th century, offers a cosy and intimate retreat for two people. Its location at the entrance to Castletown Estate provides a sense of history and grandeur.

  • Castletown Round House: The Round House is a distinctive circular building that can accommodate up to six guests. Its unusual architecture and comfortable interior make it a memorable place to stay.

  • Batty Langley Lodge: This elegant two-story lodge, designed to be viewed from the River Walk below, features a unique facade based on a ‘Gothick Temple’ design. It can sleep up to two  people and offers a secluded retreat on the edge of the estate.

Each of these properties serves as an excellent base for exploring the rich history and attractions of Co. Kildare.

Day 1: Castletown House and Local Walking Tour

Start your adventure by visiting the magnificent Castletown House. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this iconic estate by taking a self-guided tour or joining one of the knowledgeable guides for a journey through time, from the commencement of the building in 1722 to the present day. To book your tour, click here.

To further explore the area, consider embarking on a walking tour of Celbridge. Celbridge Guided Walks, led by a local guide and House Manager at Batty Langley Lodge, Breda Konsadine. Breda’s passion for Celbridge and North-East Kildare was heightened by a simple book, prompting her to promote the historic wealth of her adopted country as a local tour guide.“I read the History of Celbridge by Tony Doohan and I suddenly realised that you could tell the finest stories in Ireland by just walking from one end of this town to the other,” said Breda, originally from Dublin. To book a walking tour with Breda and discover the fascinating stories of Celbridge, click here.

Day 2: The Japanese Gardens at the Irish National Stud & Kildare Village

Today, you’ll enjoy a great day out that mixes nature and shopping. First, head to The Japanese Gardens and National Stud, which is about a 35-minute drive from Celbridge. The stud tour takes about 90 minutes, but plan to spend up to 3 hours there so you can really take everything in.

The 500-acre stud has a cool history and is home to some famous horses, like Stradivarius and former racehorse stars Lord Windermere and the Tin Man. After checking out the stud, wander through the Japanese Gardens, where art, philosophy, and nature come together to create a peaceful and relaxing space.

Once you’ve finished at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens, make your way to Kildare Village for a tasty lunch and some shopping. This cute shopping spot has a bunch of boutiques and outlets with both local and international brands. Grab a bite at one of the village’s restaurants or cafes, then browse the shops for unique finds and deals.

To save time, think about booking your tickets to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens ahead of time by clicking here.

Day 3: Dublin City Adventure

One of the best things about staying in Celbridge is how close it is to Dublin City Center. It only takes about 20 minutes to get there by bus, and the town has great bus services with buses leaving every few minutes. There’s so much to see and do in Dublin, from the Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College to the National Gallery. A day in Dublin is a real treat for your senses.

Here are some ideas for your Dublin adventure:

  • Visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about the history of Ireland’s most famous beer and enjoy a pint with a view at the Gravity Bar.
  • Explore Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university, and check out the stunning Book of Kells exhibit.
  • Take a stroll through the National Gallery of Ireland to see an impressive collection of Irish and European art.
  • Wander around the lively Temple Bar area, known for its cool pubs, restaurants, and street performers.
  • Shop on Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s main shopping districts, and grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafes or restaurants nearby.

For a full list of all the activities, places to visit, and places to eat in Dublin, click here. With so much to choose from, you’re sure to have an unforgettable day in the city.

Day 4: Explore Newbridge

Today, you’ll spend the day exploring Newbridge, which is about a 35-minute drive from Celbridge. Start your day at the Visitor Centre at Newbridge Silverware, where you can check out not only their beautiful cutlery, jewellery, and decorations but also the Museum of Style Icons. This museum showcases stunning dresses worn by some of Hollywood’s most famous (and infamous) stars.

Next, head to the main street in Newbridge and visit the Riverbank Arts Centre. They have a packed schedule of amazing live events, from comedy shows and music performances to plays. There’s something for everyone!

If you’re in the mood for a nature walk, take a short 5-minute drive from Newbridge to Pollardstown Fen. This unique, 220-hectare alkaline peatland is home to rare types of vegetation and invertebrates. The fen is situated on the northern edge of the Curragh, about 3km from Newbridge. To find out more about this fascinating place, click here.

When it’s time for a bite to eat, there are plenty of options in Newbridge. Our guests have recommended Harrigans Bar and We are Dubh for casual dining, or the Keadeen Hotel for an evening meal. In the afternoon, head back to Celbridge for a one-of-a-kind brewery tour at Rye River Brewing Company. During the tour, you’ll learn about each stage of the brewing process and get to sample some of their award-winning beers afterwards.

Day 5: Spa and Golf at Carton House

Treat yourself to a day of relaxation and leisure at Carton House, just a short 10-minute drive from Celbridge. Carton House Golf is a golfer’s paradise, featuring two championship courses that offer an exceptional golfing experience for enthusiasts of the game.

If golf isn’t your thing, or if you’re looking to unwind after hitting the links, head to the Carton House Spa and Wellness Center. Here, you can indulge in a variety of treatments designed to help you relax, rejuvenate, and forget about the stresses of everyday life. When it’s time to refuel, Carton House has several excellent dining options to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual bite or a more formal dining experience, you’ll find something to suit your taste.

Carton House is the perfect place to retreat for the day, offering a range of activities and amenities that cater to all interests and preferences. To book your spa treatments, golf tee times, or dining reservations, click here.

Day 6: Walking Adventure

Start your day with a refreshing walk in the great outdoors! You have several options to choose from, depending on your energy levels and preferences.

Option 1: The Barrow Way

Take an invigorating walk along the River Barrow, starting at Lowtown, which is a 30-minute drive from Celbridge. The full stretch of the Barrow Way is 114km, but you can choose to walk as much or as little as you like – there’s no need to complete the entire route in one day. Enjoy the scenic views and fresh air as you stroll along the riverbank.

Option 2: Donadea Forest Park 

If you prefer a woodland setting, head to Donadea Forest Park, just a 20-minute drive from Celbridge. This lovely mixed woodland features a lake and many historical features, including the remains of a castle and a walled garden. Take a leisurely walk through the forest, admiring the diverse flora and fauna, and soak up the peaceful atmosphere.

Option 3: The Bog of Allen 

For a unique nature experience, visit Ireland’s largest peatland, The Bog of Allen, located a 20-minute drive from Celbridge. Explore the fascinating landscape and learn about the ecological importance of this vast wetland. Take a guided tour or follow the designated walking trails to discover the beauty and tranquility of this special place.

After your walking adventure, return to Celbridge for a well-deserved rest and a hearty meal. Reflect on the natural wonders you’ve encountered and the memories you’ve made during your day in the great outdoors.

Day 7: Cycling Adventure

Set off on an exciting cycling adventure along the Royal Canal Greenway, which opened in 2021 and stretches for an impressive 130km. To start your journey, make the short 10-minute drive from Celbridge to Maynooth, where you can join the trail.

From Maynooth, the route passes through the charming towns of Kilcock and Moyvalley before reaching its end in Longford town. With so much to see and experience along the way, this cycling trip promises to be an excellent day out. Take in the stunning scenery, stop for breaks in the picturesque towns, and enjoy the fresh air and exercise.

If you don’t have your own bike or aren’t a regular cyclist, don’t worry! You can easily hire a bike from Royal Canal Bike Hire, ensuring that you have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable ride.

After a long day of exploring on two wheels, you might be ready to spend a relaxing evening back at your Irish Landmark Trust property. All of these accommodations are designed to be comfortable, cosy, and warm – perfect for unwinding with a good book or simply enjoying the company of your fellow travellers.

Where to Eat in the Area

Celbridge itself offers a lovely selection of dining options. For bistro-style dining, our guests highly recommend Sherwood Lane. If you’re in the mood for pub grub, check out The Castletown Inn.

Just a ten-minute drive from Celbridge, you’ll find The Cliff at Lyons, which features the impressive Mill Restaurant. This destination is perfect for a special occasion or a memorable dining experience. If you’re planning to visit Kildare Village for some shopping, you can also enjoy a meal at one of their restaurants, such as Saba or Dunne and Crescenzi.

Throughout Co. Kildare, there are numerous excellent dining options to suit every taste and budget. For a comprehensive list of recommended restaurants, cafes, and pubs in the area, visit the Into Kildare website. This resource will help you discover the best of Kildare’s culinary scene, ensuring that you have a fantastic dining experience during your stay.

When is a Good Time to Visit?

Celbridge and Co. Kildare offer a wide range of activities and attractions throughout the year, making it a great destination for a holiday or short break in any season. To help plan your visit, be sure to check out the comprehensive list of events on the Into Kildare website. This resource will keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings in the area, from festivals and concerts to exhibitions and sports events.

One great reason to extend your stay in Celbridge is that Irish Landmark Trust holidays become more affordable the longer you stay. With so much to see and do in the area, booking a few extra nights might be the perfect way to make the most of your visit without breaking the bank.

Please keep in mind that the suggestions provided here are intended to help you plan your trip and are accurate as of Spring 2024. However, it’s always a good idea to double-check the individual websites of the attractions, restaurants, and events you’re interested in for the most up-to-date information on opening times, booking details, and any potential changes.

No matter which Irish Landmark Trust property you choose to stay at in Celbridge, you’ll be perfectly positioned to explore the best that Co. Kildare has to offer. With a wide range of activities, attractions, and dining options available throughout the year, you’re sure to have a memorable and enjoyable self-catering stay in this beautiful part of Ireland.

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Our policy is strictly ONE DOG. If you arrive at the property with more than one dog the House Manger is entitled to deny you access to the property.  If it becomes known during/after your stay that more than one dog is/was with you, you may be asked to vacate the property and a charge of €100/£100 per dog will apply. 

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