Kildare Town Heritage Centre is an exciting visitor attraction situated in the picturesque medieval town of Kildare. It is in an area renowned for its bloodstock industry, within 5 minutes drive of the famous Japanese Gardens, National Stud and the Curragh Race course.
Located in the restored 18th century Market House opposite St Brigid’s Cathedral is a multi-media exhibition telling the story of Kildare past and present. Your host Cogitosus a 7th century monk will take you on a fascinating journey through time – an audio visual presentation of the town from when St Brigid established her church in 480ad, to later centuries when Kildare was raided by Vikings and later ruled by Normans.
In medieval times it had abbeys of Franciscans and Carmelites and its citizens experienced the 1798 rebellion. Kildare gradually developed into a market town and a modern town while still preserving the outline of its street patterns, Round Tower (highest one that can be climbed in Ireland) and Cathedral which entice the visitor to explore the various sites of interest throughout Kildare.
The Centre also houses a Failte Ireland Tourist Office for local and county-wide tourist information, a place where tourists can book accommodation or seek advice. It also has a vibrant shop where visitors can purchase souvenirs and jewellery.
Monday- Saturday – 9.30am-5.00pm
We close for Lunch – 1 – 2pm