De Burgh Manor is located within a short drive of many of Kildare’s attractions and Ireland’s top visitor attractions. Whether you are into gardens, shopping heritage, horse racing, golf or family fun activities – there is plenty on offer in Kildare and surrounds.
Our top picks for things to do in Kildare
Burtown House & Gardens
Burtown House & Gardens is located just minutes from the Hotel and provides an ideal place to spend an afternoon exploring lush flower, vegetable and woodlands gardens with beautiful park and farmland walks. Stop by their cafe and relax with a tea or coffee and some yummy baked treats to cap off a leisurely afternoon.
Kildare Village is only 15 minutes from the hotel in Kildare Town with a host of designer shops at outlet prices (up to 70% off). There's a café, restaurant and Children’s Playground on site.
Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens
Take a tour around the National Stud and enjoy the museum dedicated to the Irish Horse. The Japanese Gardens are a living monument to the meeting of Eastern and Western cultures in a Western setting. The symbolism of life the garden portrays traces the journey of a soul from Oblivion to Eternity and the human experience of its embodiment as it journeys by paths of its own choice through life. There's also a café on site.
Fisherman’s Thatch Inn
The Fisherman's Thatch Inn is one of those dying breeds of truly rural Irish pubs, a thatched pub located next to the Grand Canal in Co Laois, it dates back to the 1600's where local people get together for everything and anything - birthday parties, political get-togethers, after a day's fishing or for some traditional music night.
Newbridge Silverware has been Ireland's premier designer and producer of homeware and giftware products. The brand is continuously innovating and producing items that are relevant to the lifestyles of each new generation of customers. Today Newbridge Silverware is regarded as the premier solution for all gifting occasions. It is also home to the Museum of Style Icons where you can browse their extensive collection of artefacts and memorabilia on Stars of the Silver Screen and Modern day Icons.
Emo Court was designed by the architect James Gandon in 1790 for the Earls of Portarlington and is a magnificent example of this neo-classical style. During the middle of this century it was owned by the Jesuits, it was then acquired and extensively restored by Mr. Cholmeley-Harrison in the 1960s. The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland which were first laid out in the 18th century and contain formal lawns, a lake and woodland walks with many very fine trees and shrubs. There is a cafe on site and admission to the gardens in free.
Athy Heritage Centre-Museum
Located in the former 18th century Market House, Athy Heritage Centre-Museum brings the history of Athy to life, from its Anglo Norman foundation, through the 1903 Gordon Bennett Race, to Athy Men and World War 1 and the story of local Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. The Museum has the only permanent exhibition devoted to Shackleton. Its highlights include an original sledge and harness from one of his Antartic expeditions, a 15 foot model of Shackleton's ship 'Endurance' and an audio visual display featuring original film footage of his 1914-1916 expedition. The Heritage Centre hosts an annual Ernest Shackleton Autumn School over the October bank holiday weekend.
Fancy playing the 18? De Burgh Manor is within a short drive of some of Ireland’s great Golf Courses, including Dunmurray Springs Golf Club, Craddockstown Golf Club and even the K Club, is a slightly longer drive away.
What else would you want to do when staying in Kildare to spend a day at the races. Two of Ireland’s premier racecourses are only a short drive from De Burgh Manor – including Punchestown Racecourse and the Curragh Racecourse.