Kildare Family Attractions and Activities
At the Westgrove Hotel we are very lucky to be surrounded by some great family attractions and things to do in Kildare. Our list of reccommended family activities are below:
National Stud and Japanese Gardens
Kildare Town, 25 mins drive
The Irish National Stud and Gardens is the only stud farm in Ireland open to the public and offering daily tours. Within the grounds are the world-famous Japanese Gardens, the Horse Museum, St Fiachra's Garden, a fabulous playground, four acres of woodland walks and an on-site restaurant. From horses to horticulture, the Irish National Stud offers a unique experience that can be enjoyed at your own leisure or as part of a guided tour.
When you book to stay with us at The Westgrove, you can avail of 20% code for a visit to the Irish National Stud & Gardens
Lullymore, Rathangan, 20 mins drive
Lullymore Heritage & Discovery park prides itself on being one of the top family attractions in Ireland. The Parks unique rural scenic location and its state of the art play areas make for a refreshing and safe place for families to enjoy a day out together.
There’s no time limit on your stay and families can enjoy great indoor / outdoor play areas, pet farm, treasure hunts and train trips at their leisure. The Park also has 60 acres of meandering trails through peatlands, lakes and ancient woodland with lots of fascinating exhibitions to visit along the way.
There is a large cafe / shop on site and lots of picnic areas for outdoor dining and parking is free.
The average visit duration for families is 3-4 hours and all activities are included in the admission (no hidden costs)
Prosperous, 10 mins drive
Leinster’s largest hedge maze is a fabulous attraction located just in Prosperous just 10 minutes from the hotel. Focused on providing an exciting day out in the fresh air, this is a great place for families to enjoy a day out together at an affordable price. Activities include the two mazes, zip lines, playgrounds and crazy golf.
Clonfert, Maynooth, 10 mins drive
Clonfert Pet farm is a fantastic fun filled day our for all the family at an affordable price with over 60 different types of wonderful and exotic animals to see. Facilities include a coffee shop and restaurant, walk ways, picnic areas, outdoor playgrounds , an indoor soft play area, mini-golf , go carts, sand pits and BBQ facilities.
Donadea, 10 mins drive
Donadea Forest Park is 10 minutes from the hotel and comprises of approximately 240 hectares of mixed woodland. It is part of the old Aylmer family estate. There are many historical features including the remains of the castle, walled gardens, church, tower, ice house, boat house and Lime Tree Avenue. There is also a 2.3 hectare lake with ducks and other birds and a wonderful display of water-lilies in the summer. Walled streams form part of the drainage of the park. There are many different walks through the forest, including the 5km Aylmer loop, the lake walk (wheelchair accessible) and a nature trail with stops. A small café serves light refreshments and is open year round. The park is a designated National Heritage Area.
Sallins, 5 mins drive
Beginning in Sallins take a leisurely cruise on a restored traditional Canal Barge. The Captain will give you a unique insight into the life and history of the Grand Canal as it winds its way through the county Kildare countryside. You can choose a short one hour cruise to the Leinster Aqueduct where the canal crosses over the River Liffey, or a 2.5 hour cruise through Digby Lock where you'll experience the workings of an eighteenth century canal lock. There's bar service on-board serving a selection on locally brewed craft beers and in summer there are two 1.5 hour evening cruises to McCreevey's Lock. There’s an outdoor seating on the open decks at the bow and stern and it has a very comfortable interior with ample seating, toilet facilities and a wood-burning stove. Scheduled cruises operate from March to October and advance booking is essential.
Kildare Farm Foods
Kildare, 25 mins drive
Kildare Farm Foods is a Third Generation Family Farm where you and your family can experience all that is great about country life. Entry to the farm is Free and no booking is required. Visitors can see a wide variety of animals in a natural and relaxed setting. They are home to many friendly animals including Wallabies, Mara, Pigs, Goats, Ponies, Zebra, Camels, Ostrich, Alpaca, Buffalo, Emu, Deer & Sheep and they also house a large range & variety of Birds including Ostrich, Black Swans, Ducks, Geese, Chickens, Guinea Foul and most beautiful of all, their Peahen and Peacock.
Castletown House Estate - Open, prebooking required
Celbridge, 15 mins drive
Located in Celbridge, Castletown House and Gardens is Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian-style estate. It was built between 1722 and 1729 for William Connolly, speaker of the Irish House of Commons and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland. Explore the beautiful 18th-century parklands, with river walks, a temple and the remains of a bathing house, feed the ducks and climb the trees. Stroll around the gardens and explore the history of the house itself—the perfect way to while away a day out in County Kildare. Check the website for details of events taking place during the year.
Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre
Newbridge, 20 minutes drive
The Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre is a contemporary shopper's paradise, The Visitor Centre houses the complete range of Newbridge Silverware products and incorporates the award-winning Café Carleton, the famous Museum of Style Icons and the unique guided Factory Tour.Explore behind the scenes and revel at the craftsmen creating tableware, jewellery and more. See the craft, immerse in the history, meet the characters. This is a unique chance to see the full process of manufacturing tableware, which is virtually unchanged since the company was founded in 1934.Located in the home of style at Newbridge Silverware is one of the world’s greatest fashion museums, the Museum of Style Icons. It houses many collections relating to stars including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Grace, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, the Beatles and many more.
Clane, 5 mins drive
Ireland’s leading Outdoor Country Pursuits Centre, offering top class Clay Pigeon Shooting, an Air Rifle Range, long bow Archery and an Equestrian Centre. The farm is nestled in over 240 acres of picturesque Kildare countryside. Ideal for family day out!
Ashbourne, Co. Meath, 40 minutes drive
Escape to Ireland’s only theme park & zoo located in the heart of the nation’s ancient east, Co. Meath. At Emerald Park there is something for the whole family to enjoy, with thrill-seeking attractions, a junior area, playgrounds, shows and entertainment plus a fantastic zoo which is home to over 250 animals!
Take a ride on the wild side; meet some big cats, tigers, leopards, or visit a free-flying birds of prey show. For that adrenaline rush take a spin on the legendary Cú Chulainn Coaster or for those young adventurers why not explore the playgrounds, jump on a train ride, and have rawr-some adventure on Dino Dash. Get ready to have some fun and treasure memories for years to come with the ultimate fun-filled day out at Emerald Park!
Florence & Milly Ceramics Studio
Clane, 5 mins drive
Florence & Milly provide pre-fired pottery and supplies, then customers can paint their chosen item and add personal touches, with or without guidance, as a gift or keepsake. The final items are then glazed by and re-fired in a kiln. The items can be collected from the shop in a week or posted at an additional expense. Drop ins welcome for clay hand building at €10pp or Pottery Painting items from €7 - €45. Bookings are only necessary for groups, parties or at seasonally busy times.