What are your holiday plans this year? After a couple of years of travel restrictions, we are finally appreciating the beauty and wonder on our doorstep. If you’re planning a staycation in Kildare this year, you’ll have so many activities to choose from, from world-class shopping to exciting family days out. Enjoy a selection of free things to do, outdoor activities and unique outings in Kildare. Osprey Hotel has a package to suit you whether you’re travelling as a couple, a family or a solo explorer. Here are our top 10 things to do in Kildare.
One of the best attractions in the county is Kildare Village, just 15 minutes from our Hotel. Here you’ll find all of the best designer names at heavily discounted prices, names like Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, The White Company, Rituals, All Saints Pandora, Ralph Lauren and so many more. There is ample free parking and you’re sure to find a bargain on clothing, homeware, accessories, or skincare.
Osprey Leisure Centre
You won’t have to go far to enjoy a refreshing swim or a trip to our state-of-the-art gym. Access to our gym, swimming pool and thermal suites is free of charge for all guests of the hotel and they’re often the highlight of your stay. Entertain the little ones on a rainy day or enjoy a relaxing day catching up with friends in Osprey Leisure Centre and thermal suites.
If you want to make it a staycation to remember, book a treatment in Osprey Spa. Our brand-new spa, complete with couples massage room, dry floatation area, massage chair and beautiful treatments rooms, has bespoke treatments for everyone. We have extra special hotel packages to treat your Mum, treatments aimed at those undergoing medical treatments or pampering treatments for Mum-to-be.
National Stud & Japanese Gardens
The National Stud in Kildare is a must for lovers of all things equestrian. This thoroughbred horse breeding facility in Tully, County Kildare is home to the most magnificent horses & glorious gardens. The Japanese Gardens, right beside the stud, are a haven for peace and tranquillity and our slice of Asian culture in Ireland. There is also an impressive playground on-site to entertain the little ones.
A visit to Wallaby Woods is always a crowd-pleaser. Full of nature trails and woodland walks, the woods are a great way to take some time out and reconnect with nature in an interactive way. There are lots of very exciting animals to find on the multiple trails including Wallabies, Owls and Emus, with many rare breeds to be discovered in over 1.5kms of beautiful walkways and flora and fauna.
Not one for the faint of heart, Mondello Park is Ireland’s only international motorsport venue. Mondello Park has been the focal point of Irish Motorsport since 1968 and is home to the impressive Martin Birrane Collection, a treasure trove of beautiful, historic racing cars. You can buy racing time with their Driving Thrills experiences in BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Formula 1 or Rally cars. It’s a great day out for stags, hens, groups or corporate guests.
Donadea Forest Park
Donadea Forest Park, a protected Coillte recreation site offers a great day out for all ages. The grounds include the remains of the beautiful Donadea Castle and estate, walled gardens, St. Peter’s church, an ice house and boathouse, three looped walking trails in the forest park which cater to all abilities, a café and an extensive picnic site. It’s a perfect place to make new memories with your loved ones with a forest picnic.
Horse Racing in Kildare
Kildare is nicknamed the Thoroughbred County, playing host to famous horseracing festivals and stylish fashion events throughout the year. Make a trip to The Curragh and experience a fashionable, exciting day at the races. The Curragh Racecourse is home to Ireland’s 5 most important flat races each year known collectively as the Classics. They also take bookings for behind-the-scenes tours of the grandstand and enclosures.
Boat Trips in Kildare
For an unforgettable outing on the water, take a trip along the River Barrow and the Grand Canal on a barge. Admire the fantastic scenery, the sense of relaxation, and the experience of passing through the canal locks, just like earlier visitors in centuries gone by. Enjoy the onboard bar service for the ultimate boat tour.
Herald & Devoy
After a long day of exploring, you’ll want to relax in stylish surroundings, enjoy a delicious meal and a couple of drinks made exactly how you like them. Herald and Devoy, our in-house restaurant, offers fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner options with something to suit all tastes. Only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients are used to prepare dishes you’ll remember for all of the right reasons. If you like, we’ll deliver to your bedroom for the ultimate in luxury.
There is a package for everyone at Osprey Hotel. Our special offers are only available when you book directly on our website. We wish you a fantastic trip to Kildare and if you find any hidden gems we may have forgotten, make sure to let us know!