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“A walk in round tower” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Saint Brigid's Cathedral and Round Tower

Saint Brigid's Cathedral and Round Tower
Ranked #7 of 21 things to do in Kildare
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Eugene, Oregon
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“A walk in round tower”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

This is one of three round towers in Ireland that you can walk in and climb to the top, according to our knowledgeable guide. My husband chose to do that, while I waited outside by the church. At 108 feet, It was a little too high for me. I enjoyed hearing about the history of Saint Brigid and the local church. The church had some interesting items and facts posted as well.

Visited July 2014
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“Well Worth a Visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

We walked around the outside of this old church and took pictures of the graveyard and the round tower behind it. My wife went inside and for a small donation took lots of pictures of it. On one corner of the church, there's a hole through the building a few feet above the ground. The story goes that if you put one arm through the hole and touch your opposite, your wish will come true. My wife did this (it's not hard to do), and I took her picture. Unfortunately, she couldn't remember what she had wished. Nice place for a short visit.

Visited May 2014
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“History!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

We could only view this Church of Ireland example from the outside as it was locked up. The grounds were well kept and the building well maintained.

Visited July 2014
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“Wonderful history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

If you are at all interested in history this is a must. Very interesting inside & outside. The Round Tower is amazing, and there are other features in the grounds that are worth a look. Inside the Cathedral you can purchase an excellent guide book (2 euro) that explains the history & features of the church. Obviously there is a lot in the book about St Brigid but it also gives some information about Kildare town. The opening times are posted on the entrance gate in the Square but if it is closed when you arrive try The Vergers House on the right, they may be able to help. A donation towards the Cathedral is welcomed & there are some items for sale eg. St. Brigid's crosses.

Visited May 2014
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Newbridge, Ireland
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“1000 year old tower in Kildare Town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Being retired I make a point of visiting places of great Irish history as often as time allows. Last week I visited this beautil Round Tower and Cathedral . My guide was a local historian a Mr Paddy Dowling. Paddy conducts tours all during the summer. Paddy has an infectious interest in the history of this Monastic Settlement. Built in the 9th centaury it is as pristene as the day it was built. Origionly have a cone shaped roof the Monks rang the bells five times a day to give the local farmers a sence of time. GMT was light years away. The monks used either a sun dial or a candle to estimate time. The Tower is 108 ft high and like all towers has a clockwise winding staircase ( ladders in this case ) to deter right handed swordsmen.The door is approx three x the Viking height. A monk was on watch 24×7 looking mostly towards Clonmacnoise. After Clonmacnoise Kildare was next for raiding. You can imagine the scram le to secure the Holy Books, Gold Chalices, and Patons in the tower. The alarm peals could be heard over all of South Leinster.

as pristene as the day it was built

Visited May 2014
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