Are you staying in Kildare and fancy a quick day trip to see more of the country? There are so many things to do and places to see right on our doorstep, no need to drive half the day. Here is our pick of the best:
National Stud & Gardens (26km/ 29min drive)
Ireland is famous for its thoroughbred horses, a lot of which come from the National Stud in Kildare. The Stud was first opened by English Royals in 1915 and has provided the Kings and Queens of England with prizewinning horses since then. The Stud also provides training and breeding courses and have a knowledge of absolutely everything equestrian. While you’re on the grounds, pay a visit to the finest Japanese Gardens in all of Europe. This haven of peace and tranquillity is perfectly designed and beautifully decorated. The idea of the gardens was to represent the ‘Life of Man’ using water features, trees, plants, flowers, lawns and rocks. It is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, surround yourself with the wonder of nature and focus on yourself for a while.
Glendalough (42km/ 52min drive)
One of the natural wonders of Ireland, Glendalough is definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit on the east side of Ireland. Nicknamed ‘the valley of the two lakes’, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock here each year to experience nature at its finest and marvel at the spectacular scenery and abundant flora and fauna. The Monastic City has a fascinating history and gives an insight into medieval life, before electricity or running water.
Arthurs Way (33km/ 38min drive)
You don’t have to go too far to get back to nature as we have a beautiful riverside nature trail close to the hotel. The 16km trail begins at the conflux of the rivers Liffey and Rye and takes you on a scenic and historical journey. The walk or cycle will take you to where Arthur Guinness learned the brewing trade from his father, the site of the first Guinness Brewery and the Leixlip Castle which was bought by the Guinness Family in 1958.
Castletown House (29km/ 38min drive)
This imposing Palladian country house dates back to the 18th century and was built for a speaker of the Irish House of Commons called William Connolly. The 550-acre estate is an important part of Ireland’s architectural heritage and was originally built to showcase the power of its inhabitants and as a place for large-scale entertainment. In more recent times it is being used an art and photo gallery and tours detailing the fascinating history of the house can be pre-arranged. If you are planning a trip to Kildare, make sure your accommodation is as spectacular as the sights you are sure to see here. Osprey Hotel in Naas is perfect as a base to stay for exploring and our brand new spa will be an ideal treat after a long day. To check out our great value deals visit the offers tab on our home page.