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IRELAND'S ANCIENT EAST

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The Westgrove Hotel is ideally located in the Historic Heartlands and is the perfect base to explore the recently launched Ireland’s Ancient East. Focusing on over 5,000 years of history that lies beneath the meadows of our landscape, our bustling towns and ancient monuments.

Ireland’s Ancient East,the new touring route encompasses 17 counties and offers visitors a different view of Ireland.
Explore the various themes along the touring route such as learning about the historic big houses and hard times, the sport of kings and our age old bogs.
Throughout Kildare and the surrounding counties you will come across captivating attractions.

Key Sites to Visit 

Explore the yards & paddocks where equine living legends enjoy a happy retirement at the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens 

Discover Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park the only attraction in Ireland offering a comprehensive insight into the Irish Peatlands and the people living around it

Join Skipper Ger Loughlin and enjoy a Barge Trip on the Grand Canal at Sallins - bargetrip.ie 

Visit the Medieval Kildare Town and dont forget to call into visit Tom and the team at The Heritage Centre 

Call into the nearby Castletown House see and hear the story behind is Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian style house

Learn more about the famous Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackelton at the Shackelton Museum 

Visit the ruined 13th Century Castle at Maynooth, which was known as one of the largest & richest Earl’s houses in Ireland 

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