County Kildare, home to equestrian in Ireland, borders Dublin city and is full of green pastures and large open grasslands, broken occasionally with trees and rolling hills.
County Kildare offers plenty to do and see for the whole family, while enjoying a relaxing hotel break at the luxurious K Club Resort.
Towns in Kildare include Naas, Newbridge, Clane, Maynooth which is a university town, Athy and Celbridge. The K Club is situated just outside the village of Straffan between the N4 Maynooth turn off to the West of Ireland and the N7 Naas road to Cork or Limerick.
Things to do and see in County Kildare
Arthur's Way - The Guinness Story
Arthur’s Way is a heritage trail across northeast County Kildare that follows in the footsteps of Arthur Guinness. In just 16 km, it links many of the historic sites associated with Ireland’s most famous brewers – the Guinness family. Visitors are invited to explore Celbridge - where Arthur spent his childhood, Leixlip - the site of his first brewery and Oughterard graveyard - Arthur’s final resting place near his ancestral home. Click here for more information.
Kildare Town Walking Tour
Learn about the mythology of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and St. Brigid, the patroness of the Gaels. Key stops along the route include St. Brigid’s Cathedral, a Norman Tower House, the site of the Turf Club and a 12th Century Franciscan Abbey. Click here for more information.
Take a trip to Mondello Park near Naas, Ireland's only international motor racing circuit. Motor sport enthusiasts can watch some of the most exciting cars manufactured today race on the challenging Mondello circuit. Click here for more information.
Kildare Shopping Village
Kildare shopping village is the ideal location for finding that perfect gift or ideal outfit with all the top brands an labels found all under one roof. Click here for more information.
The Japanese Gardens
The National Stud
Situated alongside the Japanese Gardens, the world famous National Stud is a must for all bloodstock followers. The Stud consists of 958 acres of land and there are 288 horses in the form of mares, foals and stallions. Click here for more information.
The Curragh Racecourse
The Curragh is the headquarters of Flat Racing in Ireland, hosting all five Classic Races and up to thirteen other quality racedays. Click here for more information.
The Punchestown Racecourse
Castletown House is the largest and grandest Palladian country house in Ireland and is just 15 minute’s drive from the Hotel. It was built for William Connolly (the speaker of the Irish House of Commons). Building commenced c. 1722 and the building was designed by the renowned Italian architect, Alessandro Galileo and also in part by the Irish architect, Sir Edward Lovett Pearce. Click here for more information.
St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
St Patrick's College opened in 1795 as a Catholic seminary and was the first Catholic educational centre to open since the English suppression of the Catholic Church in the 16th and 17th centuries. Click here for more information.