LOCAL ATTRACTIONS CLOSEBY CASTLEVIEW FARM BED AND BREAKFAST
St Brigid and Kildare Town 4km (10 min) drive from Castleview Farm bandb
St Brigid established a monastery for men and women in Kildare around 480 AD. Tradition states that she built her Church under an oak tree from which the town and County got its name. Cill Dara (Kildare) Church of the oak. Today a beautiful 13th Century Cathedral bearing her name rises just opposite the heritage Centre also a 107 foot round tower, which is Ireland’s second-tallest round tower, also the original foundations where legend has it Brigid kept alight a sacred fire. A small stroll across the square you will find a representation of the flame in the saints honour. Nearby sites assosiated with St Brigid include a well that is very much visited. Her feast day is celebrated on February 1st.
St Brigid’s Cathedral
Kildare Town Heritage Centre: (10 min drive from our farmhouse B&B )
Located in the restored 18th Century market House is a multi media exhibition Centre telling the story of Kildare past and present. Kildare’s heritage Centre also covers Viking and Norman times. Kildare is not all about the past. Far from it, the market town is stuffed with cosy pubs, restaurants and atmospheric shops.
Ritzy outlet shopping at Kildare Village.(5 min drive from Castleview Farm bnb)
Enjoy effortless shopping, unlock the secrets of more than 60 Boutiques. Located just 5 mins drive from Castleview Farm B and b
Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens : (10 mins from our Bed and Breakfast)
Kildare is Ireland’s Thoroughbred County and the Irish National Stud lies right at its beating heart. Formed in 1945 its primary aim was to promote the interest of the bloodstock industry. The Stud consists of 958 acres of land and there are 288 boxes for mares, foals and stallions. The Stud has something for all ages. There are guided tours of the Stud farm, and the Irish Horse Museum, where the skeleton Arkle can be seen. This facility has grown into a full blown family attraction.
There is more to it than horses of course. The world famous Japanese Gardens were created between 1906 and 1910. Devised by Colonel William Hall-Walker. The Gardens were laid out by the Japanese gardener Tassa Eida and his son Minoru. We have had the pleasure of Tassa Eida grandson staying with us at Castleview Farm Bed and Breakfast while on a visit to the Japanese Gardens. The gardens are situated in the grounds of the Irish National Stud.
The symbolism of Life that the garden portrays traces the journey of a soul from Oblivion to Eternity. The landscapes are now of international renown and are acclaimed as the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe.
Curragh Race Course
Castleview Farm B&B is located 15 mins from state-of-the-Art Racecourse, The Curragh, home to all five of the Irish Horse racing Classics also top-notch training yards, this is the core of Ireland’s bloodstock industry, and a fascinating place to visit. Guests may enjoy an early morning visit to the Curragh where they will spot many many horses out in training on the all weather gallops near the Racecourse.
Located just only 25 minutes drive from Castleview Farm bandb.
Epitomises all that is best in steeplechasing in Ireland and is unique in being the only racecourse in Ireland and is unique in being the only racecourse in Ireland that still races over banks. It is the home of the Irish National Hunt Festival.
Rolling parklands, ancient estate trees, rivers nurturing the rich fields. A picture of a landscape a picture of County Kildare’s golf courses. The Curragh is where the game began in Ireland. Now there are many parkland courses to admire, challenge and enjoy. Accessible, visitor friendly clubs. Feel at home.
Re-discover the sheer pleasure of golf at Athy, Bodenstown, Curragh, Cill Dara, Kilkea Castle, The K Club which is the famous 18 hole Championship Golf Course, home of the Smurfit European Open. Host to Ryder Cup in 2005 , within a 35 minute drive. Just up the road , 10 minute drive from Castleview Farm You can enjoy a game at Dunmurry Springs Golf Course. These are just a few of the many golf courses we have in Kildare.
Newbridge Silverware & Museum of Style Icons: (15 mins from the B&B)
Newbridge Silverware is one of Ireland’s best known luxury brands. Founded in 1934 as a cutlery Manufacturer, the family – run business has evolved to produce a world – famous range of Jewellery, gifts and tableware, all on gleaming display at its Co . Kildare visitor Centre. Visitors can buy or browse their way through displays showcasing the history and craft behind the sumptuous silverware. The Award winning Silver Restaurant is the perfect place for lunch. Located onsite at the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre, The Museum of Style Icons is a permanent exhibition dedicated to design and style excellence. Included in this showcase are the collections of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Michael Jackson and many more.
Lullymore Heritage Park
The muloti award winning Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park spans 60 breathtaking acres where you can explore Irish heritage, culture and environment. With a state of the art Indoor forest themed play center, woodland trails, crazy golf, pet farm and train trips. Lullymore is also great for families. Fun, nature, heritate and leisure, a unique mix of activities….. Just waiting to be discovered!
Lackagh Church Ruins
Castleview Farm is located adjacent to Lackagh Church ruins (Leachach: abounding in flagstones, stony) lies three miles to the east of Monasterevan. It formed a parish in days gone by. Lackagh Church that is standing on the site now is quite a substantial ruin, was consecrated in 1840. A Celtic cross was erected in 1947 to mark the grave of Rev Stephen Bulger, the last parish pries of Lackagh, who died in 1786. In our field , close to this ancient burial gound , is part of a thick wall, the jonly remaining vestige of Lackagh Castle that stout fortress of the Geraldines. Very little is jknown of jthe history of Lackagh Castle . It was probably built by Sir Thomas Fitzgerald of Lackagh who died in 1478.
A Plaque can be seen on the wall of the Church ruins that commemorates those that were exiled to Barbadoes from Lackagh . In 1655 Henry Fitzgerald of Lackagh Castle , aged eighty, and his family were transprted to the Barbadoes together with the entire population of Lackagh (except four who were hanged). This cruel sentence was carried out as a reprisal for the deaths of two government soldiers, Denis Brennan and Murtagh Turner at “the castle of Lackey”. The names of the four hanged men were Connor Birne. Teige Morgan, James Beacon and Tirlagh Dunn. Of the thirty-seven unfortunate people transported, four were priests.