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  • 1 Castletown House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    M 4 IRL - Celbridge

    The first great Palladian mansion to be built in Ireland (1722), Castletown House faces south over the Liffey Valley towards the Wicklow Mountains. The central building (13 bays), was designed by the Florentine Alessandro Galilei (1691-1737) and is c..

  • 2 Irish National Stud Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R 415 IRL - Kildare

    Lord Wavertree, a rich Scottish brewer, decided to breed horses in Tully in 1900. In 1915, it became the British National Stud before it was handed over to the Irish Government in 1943. The stallion stables, with their lantern roofs, were built in th..

  • 3 Japanese Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 415 IRL - Kildare

    The main garden depicts the tribulations of human life, from the Gate of Oblivion and the Cave of Birth to the Hill of Ambition and the Well of Wisdom, via the Bridges of Engagement and Marriage. The exit is through the Gateway to Eternity, which sin..

  • 4 Kildare Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    R 415 IRL - Kildare

    The current late 19C building incorporates part of the 13C building. Ancient tombs, a medieval stone font and stained-glass windows adorn the plain unplastered interior. Near the cathedral, from the top of the restored 30m high round tower, there is ..

  • 5 Steam Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Lodge Park IRL - Straffan

    The Steam Museum is located in the old railway engineers' Gothic church.The Model Hall, decorated with portraits of inventors and famous engineers, holds the Richard Guinness Collection of over 20 prototype locomotive models from the late 18C. Four l..

  • 6 Athy City Centre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IRL - Athy

    The present Crom-a-Boo bridge, named after the Fitzgerald family war cry, dates back to 1796. The main square near the river is enhanced by the courthouse, constructed in 1856 for use as the Corn Exchange. Opposite, stands the town hall, which was al..

  • 7 Dominican church

    Religious buildings

    Emily Square IRL - Athy

    This modern fan-shaped church has stained-glass windows and a Way of the Cross by George Campbell, an Northern Ireland artist of some repute in the early 20C.

  • 8 Maynooth Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IRL - Maynooth

    The ruins of a castle, made up of a massive keep surrounded by fragments of a tower, a wall and an entrance gate, lie at the west end of the main street. The tower was built in the 12C by the Fitzgeralds, who lived there until 1656, except for a peri..

  • 9 Maynooth College

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Moyglare Rd. IRL - Maynooth

    The college, now part of the National University, was founded in 1795 as St Patrick's College, a seminary for the Irish clergy, on property offered on advantageous terms by the Duke of Leinster. An older school, founded by the Fitzgeralds in 1521, wa..

  • 10 Coolcarrigan Gardens

    Nature and gardens

    Coolcarrigan House IRL - Naas

    The grounds, landscaped in the 19C, have been considerably embellished with numerous bush and tree plantations, all clearly labelled. The French gardens near the house are embellished with roses and hedges. The greenhouse has a climbing vine, a speci..

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