Things To Do Leixlip.
The Guinness Trail
The history of Arthur Guinness and his family in Kildare
The legendary substance that is Guinness will soon be entering its 263rd year of production and its content is as legendary as its history. There is no doubt about the fact that Guinness is the dark stuff of legend and has captured the world’s tastebuds for generations. It is in fact, almost synonymous with land itself.
Leixlip village was established by the vikings. Adam de hereford, a follower of strongbow, built the castle. Features of the castle include, the front hall, which boasts a 17th century brussels tapestry depicting theodotus offering the head of pompey to caesar. The dining room is furnished with chippendale chairs and bavarian tapestries.
The Liffey Walk
This is a very pleasant, country walk, with the sights, sounds and smells of the open air, away from all traffic, which is just a distant hum. It meanders along beside the liffey between lucan and leixlip. The lucan entrance is opposite the mcdonald’s and the
Maxol garage, on the west side of the town. It is a marked slí na sláinte walk, 2.2 kilometres, about 30 minutes each way. The path is tarmacadamed all the way, wheelchair and pushchair accessible, but it is rather steep at the Leixlip end.
Obus holistic wellness centre
Obus is a holistic training centre offering training in a wide range of complementary therapies, including massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, Chinese medicine and lots more. The Obus massage clinic is open, by appointment, 7 days a week. All the therapists working at the Obus massage clinic have been trained by Obus school. We are here to nurture your body and relax your mind at a time that suits you.
The Bog of Allen
The Bog of Allen nature centre is located close by in Rathangan county Kildare. The aim of the centre is to preserve a portion of Irish peatlands for future generations to enjoy. Today there are 250,000 peatlands conserved in Ireland and this represents a huge 50% of Europe peatlands.
While visiting the Bog of Allen nature centre, visitors can expect guests can explore the vast boglands of Ireland and also experience life through a 1960’s Irish traditional cottage.
Larchill Archadian Gardens
Larchill Archadian Gardens is a Ferme Ornée’ or ornamental farm and is one of the last of its kind left in Europe. The Ferme Ornée gardens of the mid 18th century were an expression in landscape gardening of the romantic movement. After being freed from the restrictions of the 17th century formal garden, the Ferne Ornée gardens were born.
Founded in the early 13th century, it was the seat of the power for the Fitzgeralds and Earls of Kildare – the two most powerful families in Ireland at that time. Maynooth Castle was one of the largest and richest geraldine dwellings. With spectacular surrounding gardens and greenery. It is a must seee!
Castletown House is Ireland largest palladian style house and is of huge importance to Ireland’s architectural heritage. Founded between 1722 and 1729 for William Connolly, speaker of the House of Irish common, Castletown house was designed to reflect its owners power and it did. The identity of the architect of the house is still subject to debate…
…but the façade, built of ardbraccan limestone, was designed by the Italian architect Alessandro Galilei (1691–1737), whom Connolly had met when the former visited Ireland in 1718–19
St Catherine’s Park
If you’re looking for a peaceful escape into nature during your stay at the Springfield Hotel Leixlip, look no further than St Catherine’s Park. This stunning park is located just five minutes from our hotel, and offers 200 acres of lush greenery and winding paths to explore.
St Catherine’s Park is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll or a picnic with family and friends. The park features a wide range of flora and fauna, including ancient trees, wildflowers, and a variety of birds and other wildlife. The River Liffey also runs through the park, providing a picturesque backdrop for your outdoor adventure.
There are several trails throughout the park, ranging from easy to moderate difficulty, that allow you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural surroundings. Whether you’re a seasoned walker or just looking for a casual stroll, you’re sure to find a trail that suits your needs.
If you’re visiting with children, they will love the playground in St Catherine’s Park. The playground features a range of activities including a giant maze, sandpits, swings, slides, and climbing walls, that will keep kids entertained for hours. There are also ajacent playing pitches and plenty of open space for children to run and play, making St Catherine’s Park the perfect destination for a family day out.
In addition to hiking and playing, St Catherine’s Park is also a great place for fishing. The River Liffey is home to a variety of fish species, including salmon, trout, and pike, making it a popular spot for anglers. If you’re interested in fishing, be sure to bring your gear and check out one of the park’s designated fishing areas.
Overall, St Catherine’s Park is a must-see destination during your stay at the Springfield Hotel Leixlip. With its stunning natural beauty, diverse activities, and convenient location just across the street from our hotel, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind during your visit to Kildare.