This is a collaborative post.
I was sent an ebook by Chill Insurance about #CulturalDrives and it got me thinking. As a family, we love to take a weekend drive and check out the sights and sounds of our country. Sure we like to visit attractions such as the SeaLife Bray or the Titanic Belfast exhibition. But what can County Kildare offer a family with young children?
In this post, I want to share the top 3 spots we love to visit in County Kildare with children.
1. Castletown House & Parklands
We only discovered Castletown a year ago. Since our discovery, we try to visit 1-2 times per month. It’s approx 35 minutes drive from us and in my opinion, it’s well worth a visit. Castletown is located just outside Celbridge. Castletown House is open daily for tours, tickets can be purchased onsite. We choose to visit Castletown for its grounds which are free to enter and explore. The river walks are a sight to behold and the grounds are very well maintained. They offer the perfect opportunity to let your children run free and explore nature. There is a cafe on site, however, we like to bring a picnic for our visits. The grounds are also buggy friendly and you can bring your dog if you keep them on a lead. Overall, I really love this place and recommend for all, if you have children or not.
2. Irish National Stud
I have a full review of this attraction, which you can view here. The Irish National Stud & Gardens are located in Tully, Co.Kildare. Nestled near Kildare Town and the Curragh. There is a range of sites to see and visit, including a Horse Museum, Japanese Garden, the Stud and a Kids Zone. The cost of admission is €12.50 for an adult and children under 5 are free. The Irish National Stud is a great location to allow your child to explore. St.Fiachra’s garden houses a small waterfall, ducks, swans and a number of running streams. The Stud allows your children to view horses and if you’re lucky they may approach you looking for some grass. The kid’s zone is an outdoor playground, it has a range of swings and climbing frames to entertain your children. I highly recommend a visit to the Irish National Stud & Gardens when in Co. Kildare.
3. Kildare Farm Foods, Open Farm & Shop
I have a full review of this attraction, which you can view here. We visit Kildare farm foods to explore their pet farm. They have a range of animals including, camels, ostriches, goats, pigs, ducks and so much more. The petting farm is free to explore and so much fun for children. As it’s enclosed, it’s another great place to allow your kids to explore freely. (This seems to be a running theme throughout my 3 suggestions. A good/fun secure space to allow young children, run around and explore the area.) If you read my full review you will see what other attractions you can explore at Kildare Farm Foods.
I hope this list could give you some ideas on where to visit on your next weekend drive in County Kildare. If you are interested in other reviews for family outings, check out here.
Until next time,