The town of Maynooth in county Kildare is probably best known for its university, but it is a great place to go to if you want to explore the great outdoors, and the history of Ireland. There are plenty of facilities in the town itself from shops like this Vodafone Maynooth store https://kingcommunications.ie/vodafone-stores-near-me/maynooth/ to pubs and bars, so it is a great place to base yourself.
Here are some of the places nearby that you can enjoy history as well as the countryside…
If you are heading here in the autumn, then Dondea forest is a must! It is beautiful all year round but in the autumn the forest is lit up in a spectacular display of autumn colour which is both tranquil and beautiful. The park itself also includes the castle, and a lake that is home to a wide variety of waterfowl.
Maynooth Castle was built in the 12th Century and offers a glimpse into the rulers of ancient Ireland. Some of Irelands most powerful rulers once lived here – the exhibition at the castle has a wealth of information and history. You can also enjoy a stroll through the peaceful castle grounds.
The walk from Leixlip to Maynooth is a beautiful canal walk and takes roughly two hours. See the beautiful countryside as well as the canal itself, home to many species of animals and plants. There are also plenty of places to stop for refreshments along the way.