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Towns in Kildare

Kildare also known as the thoroughbred county or Kill Dara in Irish is in eastern Ireland, Leinster. Most of the land area of Kildare is flat. Its a mixture of agricultural land and part of Irelands largest bog - The Bog of Allen. The principal towns are Kildare Town, Newbridge, Naas, Leixslip, Maynooth, Athy, Celbridge and Monasterevin. Irelands second largest river the Barrow is navigable between Athy and St. Mullins for 43 miles.

Kildare is regarded as Irelands capital when it comes to horse sales, studs, riding schools and racecourses and is the reason it has adopted the name "The Thoroughbred County". In Kildare town the National Irish Stud and Horse Museum are found as well as the famous Curragh Racecourse. Other racecourses in Kildare include Naas and Punchestown which is home to the National Equestrian Centre and Field Sport.

Kildare town Dates back to the 5th century when St. Brigid founded a monastery there. Kildare Town has a lot of history, the castle of the Earls of Kildare, the Black, White and Grey Abbeys, a 13th century cathedral and a 9th century round tower. Also located here are the Japanese gardens acclaimed as one of the finest gardens in Europe.

There are many picturesque towns and villages in Kildare such as Monasterevin and Maynooth. Straffan Butterfly farm is worth a visit. The Kildare Steam Railway Museum where a train ride can be had. The Peatland centre is also an interesting venture. The stone circles of Longstone Rath near Naas and a great monolith at Punchestown. The Castledermot round tower, crosses and church. All these provide Kildare with a wealth of heritage and history. Also many great outdoor activities with great fishing, golf and some super walks puts Kildare as a necessary stop on your travels.

Neighbouring Counties
Carlow | Dublin | Laois | Meath | Offaly | Wicklow
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