Kildare, Ireland

The Kildare Town Heritage Trail

The Kildare Town Heritage Trail

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21 tour stops

1

Introduction

Discover the story of Kildare, at the heart of Irish History for Millennia

6 min
2

The Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is the hub of history in Kildare

2 min
3

The Market Square

It is believed that markets were held here for a thousand years or more

5 min
4

Saint Brigid

The story of Saint Brigid, one of Ireland’s most important saints

7 min
5

St. Brigid's Cathedral

St. Brigid's Cathedral stands on the site of the original Church of Brigid

5 min
6

The Cathedral Grounds

Explore the cathedral grounds to discover a high cross, a round tower and more!

 
7

Medieval Kildare

The story of Kildare in the medieval period.

 
8

Kildare Castle

Little remains of the Norman fortress of Kildare constructed by William Marshall

 
9

Lord Edward Fitzgerald

One of Kildare's most famous sons, he was a well loved Irish patriot and hero.

 
10

The Courthouse

The Courthouse was designed by the architect John Hargrave in 1829

 
11

The Post Office and Postmasters House

The small red-bricked building was the old post office which dates to around 1850

 
12

The Turf Club and Coffee House

Kildare has long been associated with horse racing

 
13

Military Barracks and Hospital

The long and varied history of the Lock Hospital and Military Barracks in Kildare

 
14

The County Infirmary and Derby House Hotel

The eighteenth century infirmary

 
15

The Presentation Convent

The Presentation Convent was opened on 15th April 1830

 
16

Dan Donnelly

One of Ireland's first boxing superstars

 
17

St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church

St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church was built in 1833

 
18

Tully, Black Abbey, Irish National Stud & Gardens

Tully, The Black Abbey, the Irish National Stud and Gardens and St. Brigid’s Well

 
19

St. Brigid's Square

The Square was originally the site of the Fair Green

 
20

The Grey Abbey

The Grey Abbey is a Franciscan foundation which dates to around 1254

 
21

Conclusion

We hope you have enjoyed your tour through thousands of years of Kildare’s history.

 

Overview

This audioguide, produced in conjunction with Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Kildare Tidy Towns, Cill Dara Historical Society, The Grey Abbey Conservation Project and Kildare County Council, will lead you around the wonderful Heritage Town of Kildare.
Kildare’s origins stretch into the distant past. Overlooking the Curragh to the south-east stands Dún Áilinne, the seasonal home for a series of ancient Leinster Kings, and the legendary band of ancient warriors, the Fianna, hunted over the plains of the Curragh. It is with the arrival of St. Brigid that this area became famous throughout the Christian world.
Kildare later became a key base for the Norman invaders and their famous leader Strongbow, and the audioguide describes how Kildare was the scene of tragedy during the 1798 Uprising. In its later history, Kildare became a venue for aristocratic horse racing enthusiasts, and a vital stage in Ireland's first great motor race.

Itinerary 4.3 km / 1:24

Offline map included

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