Maynooth is Ireland’s only university town and a centre of education and research. It is bookended by Maynooth Castle at one end of the town, and 17th century Carton House at the other - both former seats of the Dukes of Leinster. The town today is a vibrant commuter & student town with lots of walks, cafés, eateries and things to do. Maynooth was an important stopping point on the Royal Canal for barges before the railway was constructed in 1847. The Royal Canal Greenway, 130km of walking and cycle paths, can be accessed from Maynooth and is the perfect way to get to Kilcock, a canal-side town and then onwards to the unspoilt townland of Moyvalley.