Formerly a sleepy small town in County Kildare, Naas has grown over the past couple of decades to become a major commuter town for people who work in Dublin. Its handy location beneath the N7 has helped to see Naas grow without it losing its old identity, as a walk down the High Street will no doubt tell you. People come to the town for a number of reasons such as getting away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin, walks in the Kildare countryside and, of course, horseracing. It also has a number of cultural events on including one of Ireland’s largest outdoor music festivals and has plenty of business parks on its outskirts providing plenty of local employment opportunities.
Fuel in this part of the country can be on the expensive side. A small city car would help to make the most of what fuel is actually in the tank.
Driving in Naas
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Important things to note
The nearest train station to Naas is at Sallins. Parking at the station is ample if wanting to go to and from central Dublin quicker than by car.
The N7 is the primary route leading to Dublin eastbound and to the south and southwest of Ireland in the other direction.
Some of the best places to park in Naas are on the town’s outskirts, principally the retail parks at either end of the N7 bypass.
Highlights & Hotspots
Naas has two nearby racecourses – Naas and Punchestown. The latter hosts the Punchestown Festival, one of the biggest race meetings in the country which is held for a week every April. Naas Racecourse has plenty of big races too.
A major pull to the town is the Oxegen Festival, held just outside Naas. Attracting some of the world’s biggest pop and rock bands, Oxegen is held on the second weekend of July, attracting tens of thousands of fans.
Roughly five miles from the centre of Naas is the CityWest hotel complex. Among other things, it hosts live music concerts and sports such as darts, snooker and netball, all played in front of a live audience of thousands.
Golfers in Naas will be spoilt for choice. Craddockstown Golf Club to the south, Naas Golf Club and Palmerstown House Golf Club are just three local courses of note. Be sure to book in advance if you want to play a round.
The nearest airport to Naas is Dublin Airport, which is located 17 miles northeast of the town centre. It is the largest and busiest airport in the Republic of Ireland, serving destinations all over the world. The airport is actually located within the boundaries of Co. Fingal.
To get there, you need to go up the N7, go north onto the M50 then turn onto the M1. At the first exit north, turn onto the link road and you‚Äôre there.