Tuesday, 21 August 2012
For those of you not familiar with the lovely town of Kildare, We thought we'd give you a few reasons (other than getting tyres fitted) to visit our town.
Located only 30 minutes from Dublin until relatively recently, Kildare town was something of a traffic gridlock. It was originally necessary to pass through the centre of the town en route to Dublin from Limerick, Cork, Kerry and Thurles. When Kildare town was bypassed by a new state of the art motorway in 2004, the town centre was allowed to settle down and become something of a tourist attraction.
Rich in heritage and history, Kildare Town dates from the 5th Century, when it was the site of the original ''Church of the Oak'' and monastery founded by St. Brigid. This became one of the three most important Christian foundations in Celtic Ireland. The Cathedral which stands today dates from 1223 and is well worth a visit.
Five minutes from the town centre is The National stud and Japenese Gardens. The latter is a beautiful garden founded in 1906 by Lord Wavertree and donated to the nation in 1915 when Lord Wavertree departed for England. The garden was designed to represent the Life of Man and it's twists and turns represent same. It is regarded as the finest of it's kind in Europe.
Lord Wavertree's stable became the National Stud and is now one the best thoroughbred horses breeding facilities in the world. Guided tours are available daily. It has become a visitor attraction of such national importance, that when Queen Elizabeth II of GB visited Ireland in 2011, the National Stud was one of five or six of her official engagements. On the same day she visited the nearby Gilltown Stud to view one of worlds finest racehorses ever bred, Sea Of Stars.
Anyone interested in horses will find themselves well at home in Kildare. The traditional pubs in the towns' main street are full of punters, experts and breeders all speaking the same language.
The nearby Curragh racecourse is in a spectacular setting surrounded by the green expanse of the Curragh limestone plain and facing the beautiful Wicklow mountains. The peaks of Keadeen and Luqnaquilla mountain towering above their neighbours.
The racecourse itself specialises in flat racing and it's races offers the highest purse of any of it's kind. The Dubai Duty Free Derby is the Irish Epsom and attracts visitors from all over the world.
Until recently, Kildare Town was the last place you would think of to go designer label shopping. That was until the completion of Kildare Village Outlet Centre. This is a shoppers heaven offering a wide choice of designer shops in a pretty village environment. Value and bargains are the order of the day with Clothes, Accessories and Homewares available at knockdown prices. There are fine eateries in the village also.
The village has the ability to look fabulous no matter what the season and has been a huge success for the town of Kildare. There are plans to extend the centre shortly so we can look forward to attracting more and more visitors to our town over the next few years.
Lovers of Farm Fresh produce will love Kildare Farm Foods which is located 2 minutes from the Village. As well a huge range of farm fresh produce, KFF has a free Farm Zoo where the kids can feed the animals while you shop for the finest foods at bargain prices.
So if you want to leave your car with us don't forget we can arrange transfer to any of the above attractions. We'll pick you up when your car is ready. Alternatively, you can relax in our air conditioned waiting area and have a coffee whilst you enjoy our free WiFi and widescreen TV. We think you'll agree, Kildare is a great place to visit and to shop. We look forward to welcoming you.