Tourism season for Kildare still bringing home the silverware with great places to stay, see and eat this Autumn
The Leinster Football Senior Championship Final might not have gone the way Kildare had hoped this year, but that’s no reason for the Lilywhites to despair – everything is still all to play for in the tourism stakes.
Kildare have emerged this summer as one of the frontrunners to bring home some long-awaited silverware this season, offering a host of options to suit every interest when it comes to places to stay, see and eat as we head towards autumn.
With a brand-new website launched earlier this month, Into Kildare offers a one-stop-shop for everything needed to make a trip to Kildare as productive and plentiful as possible.
Speaking about the recent website launch, CEO of Into Kildare Áine Mangan said:
“We’re really excited to have this new window for visitors to see all that Kildare has to offer. The website is fresh, easy to navigate and full of information to help you plan your next trip to the county, now that we can travel again.”
The website will help you to plan out your entire Kildare itinerary, whether it’s a day trip or a weekend break and will help visitors to make the best of their time with options of places to stay, eat and things to do. See for yourself at www.intokildare.ie
Traditionally August plays host to National Heritage Week and there is a number of activities taking place across Kildare to mark this year’s event such as a Bumblebee Monitoring Project in Lullymore West. You can also explore Kildare’s rich cultural heritage at Kildare Town Market Square with their immersive audio-visual experience.
The event will take place in Kildare town market square each day from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Friday 20th August. Further details on all events also available at www.intokildare.ie
If that’s not your scene and you’re looking to explore some of Kildare’s great outdoors, it’s the perfect time to do so as National Wild Child Day celebrations take place on August 18th. Not just for children, also for those who are also young at heart, the event hopes to encourage getting outside in the wilderness to explore the beautiful natural surroundings. You’ll be spoiled for choice in Kildare with a wealth of walk and trail options.
Arthur’s Way is a highlight here – a 16km trail that can be walked or cycled and takes in some historic sites linked to Guinness family and offers the chance to see both Leixlip and Celbridge – with Leixlip Castle, Castletown House and the Lyons Estate (now home to the exclusive Cliff at Lyons Hotel) all presenting some brilliant photo opportunities along the way.
With such an array of activities to choose from, the next big decision will be what to eat. Luckily, you’ll have come to the right place if it’s a feat for your taste buds you’re looking for. Whether it’s fine dining, outdoor dining, gastro pubs or afternoon tea – you’ll find all of it in Kildare – just make sure to change the dining arrangements prior to travelling.
Silken Thomas was recently listed as one of Ireland’s Great Places to Dine Outdoors by the Irish Times, but there’s some other excellent options if you’re outside of Kildare Town on your adventures – with Shoda Market Café in Maynooth in high demand for weekend brunch dates, Newbridge’s McDonnell’s bar is hugely popular with locals, while Athy’s Bailey’s Bar and Bistro is another option for those visiting the South-West of Kildare.
If you’ve decided to make a weekend of your stay, hotels across Kildare have just released some of their September / October offers which could tip the balance if you’re on the fence about booking a last-minute break away in the late Autumn.
Here’s just some Autumn offers from hotels in Kildare:
Court Yard Hotel
The Girly Getaway – Get planning that all important essential catch up with the girls.
From €229 – 1 Night (based on 2 people sharing in double/twin room)
Arrive at the Court Yard Hotel and be treated to some well-deserved cocktails to get you settled into your two night stay.
Why not dine in our new Steakhouse 1756 restaurant followed by some drinks in Arthur’s Bar.
Start your morning with breakfast before making your way to Kildare Village for some retail therapy.
Receive a €30 gift card and a further 10% discount on the day to get you started.
On returning to the hotel enjoy our famous Charcuterie Graze Box with a beautiful bottle of house red or white.
Before checking out and after you have enjoyed another breakfast with us, enjoy the last few hours over Afternoon Tea.
The Catch Up – €189 per person (based on 2 people sharing in double/twin)
Grab the girls and make a night of it. Overnight stay in the Court Yard Hotel with full Irish breakfast on departure.
Spend some well overdue time with the girls while you shop at one of Ireland’s leading designer outlets Kildare Village.
Enjoy a €30 shopping voucher to spend and a further 10% discount card on the day.
On arrival back to the hotel after the long-awaited shopping spree, enjoy a glass of prosecco and enjoy a catch up in Arthur’s Bar with a €25 food credit.
Discover Kildare – €379 – 2 Night stay, Sunday to Thursday basis
Let the adventures begin and explore Kildare with our two-night getaway break with full Irish breakfast.
Experience Kildare and Ireland’s Ancient East and spend the day roaming in the renowned Japanese Gardens and visit some of the living legends at the Irish National Stud
Soak up the beautiful surrounds of with a wonderfully prepared picnic caddy to enjoy during the day.
After a long day of exploring and arriving back to the Court Yard Hotel, sit back and indulge in a meal for two with €50 meal voucher each and why not add and enjoy summer cocktails in our SteakHouse 1756 restaurant
Only a short drive away, experience
- Castletown House & Parklands
- Royal Canal Greenway & Boat Cruises
- Maynooth Castle and much more
Non-refundable, non-transferable deposit will be required at the time of booking in order to book a visit to Japanese Gardens & National Stud on your preferred date.
Cliff at Lyons
Aimsir Farm Tour
From €561 for two people sharing, the AIMSIR Farm Experience at the Cliff at Lyons includes a one-night stay with breakfast, a two-hour Talk & Walk for two adults, an AIMSIR cocktail and charcuterie board for two people sharing, and a three-course dinner in the Mill Restaurant.
Nature & Nurture
From €520 for two people sharing, the Botanical Breather includes a 60-minute private outdoor thermal experience, glass of Prosecco or fresh orange juice with a fruit plate plus a delicious three-course dinner in the Mill Restaurant and an overnight stay with breakfast the next morning.
Kildare House Hotel
Shop, dine & stay package for €159 Monday to Saturday & €129 on Sunday
The Midweek Overnight Spa Escape – Relax & Reunite at Killashee! This Autumn rediscover luxury and relaxation.
Enjoy an Overnight Stay in a Luxurious & Spacious Room, a Three Couse Evening Meal,
Full Irish Breakfast the following morning along with a 25-minute Spa Treatment per person & access to our Hydrotherapy Suite.
From only €165.00 per person sharing.
Enjoy One Night Bed & Breakfast with Dinner in Saddlers Bistro from €95.00 per person sharing in a Standard Room
Two Nights Bed & Breakfast with Dinner on one Evening in Saddlers Bistro from €150 per person sharing in a Standard Room
With so many options, and so much to explore, the most difficult decision you’ll have to make is where you’re going to go first!