Kildare is a busy and vibrant county which has a very distinct history, heritage and personality. You’ll find a huge variety of things to do from shopping & pampering to family-friendly & educational sites to visit. Book a stay in Osprey Hotel Kildare and experience everything Kildare has to offer for yourself. Here are some day trips to enjoy in Kildare.
Kildare Village is a haven for brands, trends and fashion lovers who also love a bargain! The outlet is part of the Chic Outlet Shopping Villages in Europe and is located less than 20-minute drive from our hotel in Naas. There are over 100 boutiques of international fashion and lifestyle brands, including Armani, Hugo Boss, Coach, Diane von Furstenberg, DKNY, Mulberry, and Prada, together with Irish designers like Louise Kennedy. Each store offers individual discounts with up to 60% off high street prices. You’ll find clothing and textiles, home and kitchenware, shoes and accessories and a selection of dining options so you can refuel and go for longer. Guests of Osprey Hotel can enjoy a special VIP card giving them an additional 10% off, just ask our reception team for full details.
National Stud & Japanese Gardens
One of the most important and unique parts of Kildare’s history and heritage lies in the equestrian industry. Kildare is the heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry and nowhere gives you a better inside view than The National Stud. You can see some of the country’s most magnificent horses and learn more about their breeding and care. While there, you can enjoy one of their newest additions, St Fiachra’s Gardens, a celebration of our country’s singular landscape. Its also home to one of Ireland’s gems, the Japanese Gardens The gardens trace the journey of the soul between birth, death and beyond in the form of plants, trees and flowers from around the world. There is a café and gift shop on site so you can take a little of Kildare with you wherever you go.
Donadea Forest Park & Wallaby Woods
If you love the great outdoors, Kildare is a great place for a day trip. 20km from Osprey Hotel in Kildare is Donadea Forest Park, a natural getaway where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the Kildare wilderness. The park includes Donadea Castle and estate, the former home of the Aylmer family up until 1935. You’ll find trails and walks and an excellent interactive nature and animal experience suitable for families. In Wallaby woods you’ll find Wallabies, Owls and Emus, with many rare breeds to be discovered. Other activities include an interactive petting area, woodland nature trails, a pet shop, and camping facilities. Finish the day with a picnic or BBQ with your family or friends or grab a coffee in the café.
Day out in Naas
Aside from being the home of one of the premier spa hotels in Kildare, Naas has everything you could want for a day trip. Head to Coolcarrigan Gardens and see one of the best collections of rare trees and shrubs in Ireland in an 8-acre garden. If you’re travelling with little ones, keep them entertained with a trip to KBowl where they can enjoy bowling, Wacky World Children’s Play Area, KZone and KDiner. If you’re lucky enough, you can catch a show in The Moat Theatre a historic building restored as a state-of-the-art theatre with a varied program including drama, comedy music, dance and more. Mondello Park is a popular attraction for families and Hen & Stag parties and it has an exciting programme of car and motorbike racing every year. Another popular outing for day or night is Naas Racecourse or Punchestown where you can place bets on horse races multiple times a week. The possibilities are endless in Naas!
Before you add to your bucket list, book your ideal hotel accommodation in Kildare. Osprey Hotel offers a range of bedroom types and packages to suit groups, couples and families. We’re ideally located in Naas, close to most of Kildare’s attractions and offer complimentary car parking. Find our best available rates exclusively on our website.