Celbridge, on the banks of the River Liffey and only 30 minutes west of Dublin, is an area rich in heritage, including many ancient Christian sites and a wonderful legacy of great houses with remarkable stories.
Follow in the footsteps of Arthur Guinness, perhaps Ireland’s best-know name, and relax with a pint in one of the hostelries along the main street that mark his birthplace. His life-size statue marks this iconic location where he spent most of his childhood. From here you can follow Arthur’s Way to Ardclough where there is an interpretive centre and exhibition, and then onward to Oughterard Graveyard – his final resting place. Stroll through history on the Celbridge Heritage Trail – from early Christian Tea Lane, the resting place of the Grattans; to Speaker Connolly’s Castletown House – Ireland’s finest Georgian residence; then onwards to historic Celbridge Village taking the tranquil riverside trail or the stately tree-lined avenue for a visit to the grounds Celbridge Abbey with links to Jonathan Swift. For the more adventurous, why not enjoy a canoe ride down the River Liffey, paddle board at the Cliff of Lyons or cycle along the Grand Canal towards Sallins.