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.
Map of Leixlip
Getting To and Around Leixlip
For information on getting to and around Co. Kildare, see our Co. Kildare Transport Guide.
Public Transport to and around Leixlip
66N Louisa Bridge Stn, stop 3989 Bus route operated by Nitelink, Dublin Bus
Commuter Service Rail service operated by Irish Rail
Maynooth Service Rail service operated by Irish Rail
Sligo/Longford Service Rail service operated by Irish Rail
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Places to Stay in Leixlip
- Becketts Hotel Cooldrinagh Lane
- Court Yard Hotel Main Street
- Leixlip House Hotel Rye River Close
- Leixlip Manor and Gardens Saint Catherine's Park
- Springfield Hotel Dublin Road
Things to Do in Leixlip
- Leixlip Castle Main Street