Maynooth is 33km from Dublin Airport. Leaving the airport follow directions to Dublin, joining M1, then take the exit for the M50 (the first exit after the airport). Immediately after the Westlink toll bridge take the M4 exit (junction 7) for the West. Take Maynooth exit; follow signs for Maynooth, passing through 2 sets of traffic lights before turning right immediately after the second lights onto the Celbridge road. Rockfield is 2nd housing estate on left. Take first left in estate and follow road round to the right. No.60 is across the green on right hand side at the corner.
By Bus: Suburban (Dublin Bus)
From Pearse Street in Dublin, no. 66 and no. 67A (via Celbridge) serve Maynooth frequently. The journey can take between 50 minutes and one hour, depending on traffic. The bus-stop is on Main Street.
A Nitelink service (67n) departs from Westmoreland Street in Dublin at 00:30 and 02:00, Monday to Saturday, with an additional 03:30 departure on Saturdays. There is no Sunday service.
A number of provincial bus services to/from the West of Ireland stop in Maynooth. The bus-stop is opposite the Glenroyal complex.
By Train: Commuter (Arrow) Service
Maynooth is served frequently from Pearse and Connolly Stations, a journey of approximately 40 minutes.
The Sligo train stops at Maynooth, with the Dublin-Maynooth section a non-stop 30-minute journey.
By Air: Maynooth is 33km from Dublin Airport. Leaving the airport follow directions to Dublin, joining M1, then take the exit for the M50 (the first exit after the airport). Immediately after the Westlink toll bridge take the M4 exit (junction 7) for the West. Take Maynooth exit,
By Sea: Dublin Port is 28km from Maynooth. Follow signs for the West, via R105, N11, N4 and M4.
Dun Laoghaire is 41km from Maynooth. Follow signs for M50 via N31 and R113. Take exit for M4.
Maynooth is a beautiful town with many country pursuits for the visitor – As well as enjoying the buzz of a genuinely lively town visitors can indulge in excellent shopping on Main Street and in Manor Mills, including several exclusive boutiques. Maynooth has a range of cafés and restaurants, covering Chinese, Thai, Indian, Italian and Irish cuisine, while the numerous local taverns offer quality pub food. Most pubs have music nights featuring piano and traditional music.
There are pleasant walks in Maynooth and its environs. Visitors can stroll in the extensive parkland of Maynooth universityt south campus where there are magnificent gardens on view. Carton Walk off the east end of Main Street takes you to the perimeter of the Montgomerie Course in Carton House. A walk along the Royal Canal, towards either Leixlip or Kilcock, is also recommended.
The National Science Museum is located on the Maynooth university south campus and features in particular items associated with the renowned Nicholas Callan, his most notable invention being the electric coil.
For fishing enthusiasts Maynooth Fisheries, on the outskirts of the town on the Dunboyne Road, boasts four lakes and two rivers.
Just a few minutes’ drive from the Maynooths main street Carton House is set in magnificent grounds that feature two championship golf courses – the Montgomerie and the O’Meara – as well as extensive walks and a new hotel and restaurant. The K Club, host to the Ryder Cup in 2006, is in Straffan, just 8km from Maynooth. Numerous other golf courses, including Knockanally, Rathcore, Millicent and Killeen, are within easy reach.
Straffan Butterfly Farm is open daily for three months from 1 June each year. Also in Straffan are the Steam Museum and Lodge Park Walled Garden.
Kildare is famed for its horses and Maynooth is surrounded by some of the finest stud farms. Copperalley Equestrian Centre is just a few km north of Maynooth and is one of several within easy reach of the town.
Maynooth and its environs offer much – golf in two of the most renowned courses in Ireland (Carton House and the K Club), walks along the Royal Canal, fishing. Maynooth is in the heart of horse territory, surrounded by world-famous stud farms and numerous equestrian centres. For horse-racing fans the Curragh, Punchestown, Naas and Fairyhouse are all within a 30-minute drive. For the car racing enthusiast we have Mondello Park near the village of Caragh. Not much further afield are the historical treasures of the Boyne Valley and Glendalough. And, of course, Dublin and its myriad attractions are within easy reach.