Welcome To Maynooth

Maynooth town in County Kildare has some acceptable dining emporia and it might be worth a visit to the casual visitor, but it will be more of interest to the person with an interest in academia. Maynooth is the home of St Patrickís College, a seminary that has evolved into a national university. The seminary was founded in 1795. The college itself has some Victorian architecture worthy of a look.
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Information Maynooth Ireland

Maynooth Castle was the home to the Kildare earls from the 1300s to the 1600s. The entrance gate and keep will still impress. The keep in all likelihood occupies the space of a former residence of the Norman conquerors of the thirteenth century. In one of the first instances of such siege warfare in Ireland, Henry VIIIís Lord Deputy bombarded the castle into submission in 1535. Thus, the castle has seen better days, but itís well worth a visit. Nearby Straffan is home to a Steam Museum, where you can get to learn about industrial revolution era devices and contraptions that were used in industry and transport. On display you will find locomotives that served various parts of Ireland, as well as machinery that was used in the production of alcoholic beverages including Irish whiskey and beer. Maynooth College Museum (or the National Science Museum), meanwhile, is devoted primarily to science. The museum is home to some of the early radio equipment employed by Marconi and a selection of contraptions that were built in Dublin. Inventor Nicholas Callan, who served in the college as professor of natural philosophy in the mid nineteenth century, deserves a museum of his own for his creations of primitive batteries and induction coils. As Maynooth has a strong association with the religious in Ireland, the museum also contains religious artefacts. A history of the college is provided in a separate visitorsí centre.

Attractions Maynooth Ireland

Butterfly Farm - Straffan

Located at Ovidstown, Straffan, come and walk through a tropical Butterfly House with colourful butterflies flying around you. View a collection of reptiles, stick insects, tarantulas and bird eating spiders - safely behind glass! You can also learn about the interesting life and conservation of butterflies in the Exhibition centre, featuring butterfly collections.

Castletown House - Celbridge

Located at Celbridge, the most significant Palladian style country house in Ireland. Built c.1722 for the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, William Connolly, the designs of a number of important architects were used, notably Alessandro Galilei, Sir Edward Lovett Pearce and later Sir William Chambers. The entire estate was sold by the Connolly-Carew family in 1965, and in 1967 the house and some parkland were purchased by Hon Desmond Guinness. Both Mr Guinness and subsequently the Castletown Foundation, who acquired the house in 1979, devoted considerable effort and resources to the maintenance and restoration of the principal rooms.

Celbridge Abbey - Celbridge

Located at Clane Road, Celbridge and set amid the magnificent Celbridge Abbey Grounds, features of the abbey include historical guided tours, nature study tours, flora and fauna, themed walks and a model railway. There's also a restaurant, children's playground, natural woodland gardens and garden centre.

Coolcarrigan House & Gardens - Naas

Located at Naas, these gardens are approached by a long, woodland avenue with a large collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. The formal gardens around the house have a good herbaceous border, rockeries and fine Victorian greenhouse. The rest of the garden, divided by various paths and covering some eight acres, has a very interesting collection of shrubs and trees, mostly chosen by plantsman, Sir Harold Hillier.

Peatland World Museum - Rathangan

Located at Lullymore, Rathangan, you can explore the fascinating history and science of Ireland's boglands at Peatlands World Museum. Housed in a beautifully restored nineteenth century courtyard, it helps to explain the development of bogs, their exploitation and future importance. A series of trails have been established around the centre and guided walks are offered to visitors.