Naas Map and Tourist Information
A welcome respite from the capital's hustle and noise, County Kildare is, however, bursting with activity.
Mythical Fionn Mac Cumhaill and his warriors are reported to have practiced hurling and chariot-racing on the limestone plain of the Curragh within view of their camp on top of the Hill of Allen. The sportsman or woman of the 21st century will still find much to interest them, whether it is the extreme thrill of car or bike racing at Mondello Park near Naas, or the more leisurely (but often equally competitive) game of golf.
How many Irish counties can boast three top class horse racing courses? Kildare has the newly upgraded Naas facility, Punchestown, whose flagship meeting, the Punchestown
Festival, brings punters four days of top quality National Hunt racing at the end of April every year, and The Curragh, home of the Irish Classics including the high society institution, the Irish Derby, every summer. A number of equestrian centres provide livery, lessons or ride-outs for all ages and abilities. A land-locked county, Kildare makes the most of its 75 miles of inland waterways, exploiting the Royal and Grand Canals, the Rye, the Liffey and the Barrow for cruising, angling and walking alongside.
The fascinating ecology of the Bog of Allen in Northwest Kildare is brought to life at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre. If it's other people's gardens you're after, look no further than County Kildare where our public gardens are
as distinct as they are beautiful. The Japanese Gardens, St. Fiachra's Garden and the Irish National Stud at Tully, just outside Kildare town, are three elements of one world-class visitor attraction. Kildare has many more great ideas for family days out, such as the Millennium Maze, Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park and the Butterfly Farm and Steam Museum at Straffan.
So, if you want to play golf, walk, canoe, fish, enjoy a day at the races, or at an international rally circuit, entertain and educate your family at a visitor attraction, indulge yourself in a gourmet meal, dance the night away, pamper yourself in a spa, catch a gig or touring play, don't go another mile. You are in the right place!
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Kilteel, Naas, Kildare +353 45 521240
The village of Kilteel lies six miles north
of Naas at the foot of the Wicklow
mountains. It is here that we find Kilteel
Castle. It was built in the early thirteenth
century by Maurice Fitzgerald for the
Knights Hospitallers of St. John of
Jerusalem. The site upon which the castle
was built was once a monastic
settlement. There is little mention of the
castle in the fifteenth century but in the
sixteenth century the lease was given to
Thomas Alen and his wife. In 1669 Col.
Richard Talbot, Earl of Tyreconnell
became the owner of Kilteel. He then
sold the castle to Sir William Fownes of
Kilkenny. It remained in his family until
1838 when it was sold to the Kennedys of
Johnstown-Kennedy. Today the castle is a
designated National Monument. It
consists of a tower house dated to the
fifteenth century, another projecting
towerhouse with a spiral stairs and two
further rooms at the gate-way.
Johnstown Garden Centre
Naas, Co. Kildare +353 (0)45 879138
A large, award-winning centre found near
Naas, County Kildare, Johnstown Garden
Centre was established in 1974. Over the
years, the centre has expanded and
today it includes plant halls, a cafe and
parking. It is fully wheelchair accessible.
Coolcarrigan House and Gardens
Naas, Co. Kildare +353(0)45863524
The beautiful gardens at Coolcarrigan
House are approached by a long,
woodland avenue, which has a large
collection of rhododendrons and azaleas.
Located near Naas, County Kildare, the
property also has a small church
surrounded by a moat.