Donadea Forest Park


Donadea Co. Kildare

Site Description

It is a mixed woodland about 60% broadleaf (beech and ash) and 40% conifer (Norway spruce) covering over 240 hectares. Donadea Castle and estate was the old home of the Aylmer family up until 1935 when the last member of the family Miss Caroline died. It is a designated NHA.

Visit the Orienteering page for Donadea Forest park

There are many historical features including the remains of the castle and walled gardens, St. Peter's church, an ice house and boat house. The Lime tree avenue planted in the 19th century formed the original entrance to the estate. Another feature of the park is the 9/11 Memorial, a scaled replica of the twin towers carved in limestone. The small lake is brimming with flora and fauna including mallard duck, waterhen, fish and a beautiful display of water lilies in the summer.There is a cafe open throughout the year.
There is a pay barrier at this Forest Park.

Parking Fee: €5.00 Per Car (Coins Only) Annual Access Card €40.00
The Annual Access Card is valid for all Forest Parks listed on our website
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  • To prevent theft - Please ensure not to leave valuables on display in your vehicle.
  • Please keep dogs on leads at all times.

Toilet facilities are available during weekends, bank holidays and school holidays only during shop opening times

Donadea Forest Park Features

Archaeological, Arboretum, Orienteering, Picnic Site, Forest Park, Walking Trails, Leisure cycling,

How do I get there?

Donadea Forest park is located 8 KM south of Kilcock on R407 to Naas and  is also accessible via the R407 about 13KM north of Naas on the Killcock Road. 
The Park is well signposted at various points from Clane to Maynooth.

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No of car spaces:460
Car park opens:April - September 7.00 October - March 8.00
Car park closes:April - September 21.00 October - March 17.00
Parking options:Restricted hours apply
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Contact Info

Contact name:Barry Coad