Things to do in Kildare
There is so much for you to do......and see on our doorstep.
The Westgrove Hotel is easily accessible to all local Kildare amenities such as Punchestown, Mondello, Straffan, Naas, Kildare Shopping Village Outlet Centre and the Curragh and so much more....
Additional activities on the doorstep of the hotel are...
- Mondello Car Racing
- Surrounded by prestigious Golf Clubs
- Horseracing at The Curragh, Punchestown & Naas Racecourse
- Shopping at Kildare Village Shopping Outlet
- Newbridge Whitewater Shopping Centre
Fun activities for the family...
- Abbeyfield Farm & Country Pursuits
- The Steam Museum
The Steam Museum is located in a fine Victorian gothic building where a wide collection of Early Inventor's models, Scientific Engineering Models, and Historic Works of Mechanical Art are on display.
The first railway in Ireland opened way back in 1834, and the network quickly reached nationwide. By 1920 nearly 3,500 miles of track threaded the countryside and no Irish town was more than 10 miles from a railway station showing that Ireland has a deep and vast history in the Railway and Steam Trains.
There is also an 18th Century walled garden located beside the Museum and it has been under restoration for the last few years. It has become a relaxed and refreshing area where one can wander or take in a rerfreshment from the nearby Steaming Kettle Tea House and or purchase a Souvenir or Gift from the Gift Shop.
For more information contact (353) (1) 6273155 (Answer phone/Season Office) or (353) (1) 6288412 (Special Enquiries).
Alternatively you can visit their website www.steam-museum.com
- Donadea Forest Park
is an exceptional Coillte managed amenity located under 10 minutes from the hotel and this offers a range of walks and trails through natural woods, with a lake and picnic areas.
- The Irish National Stud
belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. Located 30 minutes from the hotel. Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world. From horses to horticulture, the Irish National Stud offers you a unique experience that can be enjoyed at your own leisure or as part of a guided tour. You can also visit The Japanese Gardens on this trip. For more info visit www.irishnationalstud.ie
- The Straffan Butterfly Farm
Is open every summer since 1986. The butterfly exhibition continues to run every year during the months of June, July and August in Straffan a mere 5/10 mins drive from the hotel. The idea is to let the visitors to the farm have a window into this world and enjoy the magic of butterflies as they fly freely all around. For more info visit www.straffanbutterflyfarm.com
- Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park
This wonderful park is set on 60 acres of breath-taking landscape and explores Irish heritage, culture and environment with woodland/peat land trails, gardens and exhibitions. Lully Park is located 30 minutes from the hotel. It’s also a great place for the little ones with a state of the art indoor forest themed play centre, outdoor play area with crazy golf, pet farm and train trips. The new Biodiversity Boardwalk, the first of its kind in Ireland, meanders serenely through glassy lakes and rejuvenating peat land of birch, heathers and bog cotton. For more info visit www.lullymoreheritagepark.com
For everyone to enjoy....
The Home of Irish National Hunt racing since 1827 Punchestown Racecourse is set amidst 450 acres of magnificent Irish countryside in the heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred county. Today the state of the art facilities at Punchestown play host to approximately eighteen race meetings annually as well as numerous shows, concerts and events. The undoubted highlight being the five day Irish National Hunt. For further info visit www.punchestown.com
- The Curragh Racecourse
A great day out in County Kildare – The Curragh hosts some of the most famous races in the world including the Irish Guineas Festival, Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, Darley Irish Oaks and Gain Irish St Leger. 18 days of exhilarating racing from March to October. For more details visit www.curragh.ie
- Naas Racecourse
The Sporting Place of Kings, located in the heart of Thoroughbred County of Kildare, just 18 miles from Dublin City and en route to Cork, Limerick and Waterford. With 15 exciting racemeetings in 2013, we plan to keep you entertained with top class racing in our superb new facilities, which cater for all ages and requirements with Themed racedays, Summer BBQ Evenings, Live Bands and lots more... Visit for more details www.naasracecourse.com
- Kildare Village
Kildare Village is home to over 50 designer boutiques at up to 60% off RRP every day, all year round. Now enjoy even further reductions with up to 70% off already reduced prices for a limited time only. Just what every girl wants and needs! Visit www.kildarevillage.com
- Mondello Park Ltd.
Donore, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland
The heart of local motor sport. Mondello Park offers an alternative and exciting platform for client entertainment and staff team building activities. See for more info www.mondello.ie