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 and it's 16 kilometers from Leixlip to Oughterard, which is the final resting place for Arthur Guinness and some of his family.
In keeping with the Guinness theme, 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-story 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.
If you are looking to enjoy the outdoors and soak up the sun rays the Royal Canal Greenway is the longest Greenway in Ireland stretching through Ireland's Ancient East and Ireland's Hidden Heathlands. Start your adventure at Maynooth with Royal Canal Bike Hire and explore this 130km off-road walking and cycling trail connects Maynooth to Longford Town, or take a stroll and explore Maynooth Castle, a 13th century castle which became the home of the Fitzgerald Family, who later became the Earls of Kildare.
Explore Kildare with a difference with the Royal Canal Boat Cruises! Whether you are planning a family day out or a romantic afternoon, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you meander the waterways of County Kildare - you might even have the chance to captain the cruise!