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Tourist Attractions near Athy

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Historical Attractions near Athy, Kildare


Ballytore Quaker Village

Just 10k from Athy.

Ballitore is a charming village founded by the Quakers in the 1700's.

Due to the writings of Mary Leadbeater and her correspondence with such people as Mary Edgeworth and Edmund Burke, Ballitore is widely known.

Ballitore takes its name from the Gaelic 'Baíle' meaning a town, and 'Togher' meaning a marsh.

The Quakers from Yorkshire who founded Ballitore, transformed the valley into rich fertile farmlands, and developed the town as a Quaker Settlement. In fact, Ballitore is the only planned and permanent Quaker Settlement in Ireland.

Ballitore is the home to several historical buildings. The Meeting House was built around 1708. It is the home of Mary Shackleton Leadbeater that is, today, being restored. A daughter of the master of the Ballitore School, Mary demonstrated an early ability for creative writing and in 1791 married William Leadbeater, former pupil and teacher at the school.

Through Mary Leadbeater's Annals of Ballitore a very important historical legacy was left to the people of Ballitore. Within these writings, she describes the events and characters of the Ballitore of her lifetime.

Today, a small museum, numerous buildings and the old village cemetery reflect the Quaker Tradition.


Gardens near Athy, County Kildare


Ballintubbert Gardens


Ballintubbert, Stradbally, Co. Laois

Telephone: (085) 8505876

Website: www.ballintubbert.com

Email: ballintubbertgardens@gmail.com

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Burtown House and Gardens


Athy, Co. kildare

Telephone: + (0)59 862 3148

Website: www.ballintubbert.com

Email: info@burtownhouse.ie

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The Japanese Gardens


Located at Tully outside Kildare Town, they were created between the years 1906-1910. Devised by Colonel William Hall-Walker (later Lord Wavertree), a wealthy Scotsman of a famous brewery family and laid out by the Japanese Eida and his son Minoru. The Gardens, planned to symbolise the 'Life of Man', are now of international renown and are acclaimed as the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe.

Tully, (near Kildare Town) Co Kildare

Telephone: + (0)45 521617

Website: http://irishnationalstud.ie/visitors/46/japanese-gardens.html

Email: reservations@instourism.net


Altamont Gardens


Signposted on N80 and N81;

9 km. from Tullow, 22 km. from Carlow town

on the Bunclody road

Check current opening hours

Telephone: + (0)59 915 9444

Website: www.altamontgardent.com


Horse Racing near Athy, County Kildare


Horse Racing

Nearby race courses include The Curragh, Naas, Gowran and  Punchestown

The National Stud

is a short drive from Athy.


Shopping near Athy, County Kildare

photo kildare village shopping outlet near athy, county kildare, ireland

Kildare Shopping Village

is accessable from Athy.


Golf Courses near Athy, County Kildare


Include Athy, Carlow, Rathsallagh, Kilkenny, Cardenton Par 3, and Kilkea Castle Golf Course.


Photograph shows Athy Golf Course a short drive from Kanes B and B Accommodation
Tourist Information Office

The Tourist Information Office in Athy is located in the Heritage Centre and Museum located a few minutes stroll from Kane's Pub Bed and Breakfast in Emily Square in the heart of this Heritage Town.


Kane's Bed and Breakfast is situated in Athy, an ideal centre from which you can explore the South East of Ireland..

Kane's B&B is located within walking distance of Athy Railway Station and Bus Eireann and JJ Kavanagh bus stops offering regular coach services fron Dublin Airport, Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Clonmel and many other cities and towns in Ireland.


Athy Events Calendar

Athy Heritage Centre Museum


Located in the former 18th Century Market House, Athy Heritage Centre-Museum bring the history of Athy to life, from its Anglo Norman foundations, through the 1903 Gordon Bennett Motor Race, to Athy Men and World War 1 and the story of local Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Which is the only permanent exhibition anywhere devoted to Shackleton. Its highlights include an original sledge and harness from one of his Antarctic expeditions, a 15ft model of Shackleton's ship 'Endurance' and an audio visual display featuring original film footage of his 1914 - 1916 expeditions. The centre hosts an Annual Ernest Shackleton Autumn School over the October Weekend. Opening dates: All year round - Monday to Friday 10.00p.m. to 5.00p.m. Seasonal weekends - Saturday and Sunday 12.00noon to 4.00p.m.

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