This town, which also happens to be the County town developed on the site of a residence of the Leinster kings. Behind the town hall is an Anglo-Norman motte and off the main street is the medieval church of St. David, whose patronage was bought from their native Wales by the Fitzgeralds. A branch line of the Grand Canal enables boats to berth in the harbour near the 19th century Market House and the town library.
The name An Nas translates as 'The Castle of the Kings', Naas being once the governing centre of the kings of Leinster. Naas developed into a fortified town under the Nomans and was later razed by Edward Bruce. It later returned to prominence due to the horse racing industry and is now the county town of Kildare. A signposted walk takes in the remains of the 13th century castle on the grounds of St. David's Protestant church.
Other places of historic interest include Jigginstown House, located a mile to the south west of Naas. The uncompleted house, now in ruin was to have been a palace for Charles 1 and a Bronze Age burial site, discovered in 1930 at Punchestowns.
Map of Naas
Getting To and Around Naas
For information on getting to and around Co. Kildare, see our Co. Kildare Transport Guide.
Public Transport to and around Naas
126b Kildare - Outside Connolly Station Bus route operated by Go-Ahead
126d Outside Connolly Station - Prosperous Bus route operated by Go-Ahead
126u Kildare - University College Dublin Bus route operated by Go-Ahead
130 Newbridge (Opp Ryans Bar) - Athy (C Bar Leinster Street) Bus route operated by Go-Ahead
130 Athy (C Bar Leinster Street) - Upr Merrion Street (Opp. Natural History Museum) Bus route operated by Go-Ahead
726 Nass Ind Estate, stop 104241 Bus route operated by Dublin Coach
726 Dublin Street Bus route operated by Dublin Coach
726 Laois Shopping Centre Bus route operated by Dublin Coach
726 Zone 16 Bus route operated by Dublin Coach
846 The Cloisters Clane Bus route operated by Kenneally's Bus Service
846 Pipers Hill College Naas Bus route operated by Kenneally's Bus Service
846 Oldtown Rise, stop 10034 Bus route operated by Kenneally's Bus Service
846 Rathasker Heights Bus route operated by Kenneally's Bus Service
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Places to Stay in Naas
- Lawlor's Hotel Poplar Square
- Naas Court Hotel South Main Street
- Osprey Hotel Devoy Quarter, Newbridge Road