Things To Do in Kildare
At the official launch of the hotel on the 8th November 2005, the Hon Desmond Guinness unveiled a plaque that states the hotel is on the original site of Guinness. Given the rich history of the Court Yard Hotel, your visit should include a trip to some of the nearby visitor attractions which are part of this great dynasties history.
First on your list should be Arthur's Way Heritage Trail, which will lead you in the footsteps of Arthur Guinness. The journey begins at Arthur Guinness Square, just outside the entrace to the Court Yard Hotel, and takes in 16 kilometres from Leixlip to Oughterard, which is the final resting place for Arthur Guinness and some of his family.
Leixlip Castle, home to the Guinness family and located just minutes walk from the Court Yard Hotel. In keeping with the Guinness theme you should also make a trip to the Guinness Storehouse at St. James' Gate in the heart of Dublin City Centre. Guinness Storehouse is Ireland's number one visitor attraction and tells the history of the making of this world famous beer in it's interactive 7-storey visitor experience. It is a dramatic story that begins over 250 years ago and ends in Gravity Bar where visitors will receive a complimentary pint of Guinness while relaxing and enjoying spectacular views over Dublin.
In nearby Celbridge, you can visit Castletown House - Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian style house.
County Kildare is home to two of the most popoluar visitor attractions in Ireland - Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens and Newbridge Silverware - both just 30 minutes drive from the Court Yard Hotel and between them both you can enjoy the best of nature, history, dining and shopping.
For more information on local attractions, places of interest, historical landmarks and lots more besides, visit the Kildare Failte website IntoKildare