This little town on the Sylvain banks of the River Liffey is built on an ancient Viking settlement established over 1000 years ago. The name Leixlip is derived from the old Norse for 'Salmon Leap' and indeed Leixlip remains a popular destination for fisher to this very day.
Leixlip Castle was built in the 13th century and from here King John set out to hunt with his nobles in the great oak forest of Kildare.
To the south west of Leixlip a large conical building with a spiral staircase winding it's way up the outside rises up over the landscape. 'The Wonderful Barn' was commissioned by Lady Connolly of Castletown House to provide relief labour for the starved populace of the area during the famine.
Getting To and Around Leixlip
For information on getting to and around Co. Kildare, see our Co. Kildare Transport Guide.
Rail to Leixlip
Leixlip, Co. Kildare is served by several railway stations: Leixlip Confey, Leixlip Louisa Bridge
Bus to Leixlip
- Dublin Bus's Nitelink services provide the following late-night bus services to Leixlip:
- Louisa Bridge Station
- Dublin Bus provide an extensive local bus service to Dublin City and its suburbs and surrounds. The following Dublin Bus routes serve Leixlip:
- Kingsbury - Merrion Street
- Merrion Street - Kingsbury
- Merrion Street - River Forest
- River Forest - Merrion Street
- Alensgrove - Merrion Street
- Merrion Street - Alensgrove
- Kingsbury - University College Dublin
- University College Dublin - Kingsbury
- Merrion Street - Old Greenfield Road
- Old Greenfield Road - Merrion Street
- Salesian College - University College Dublin
- University College Dublin - Old Greenfield Road