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“Best site in Leixlip” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wonderful Barn

Wonderful Barn
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Leixlip
Certificate of Excellence
Leixlip, Ireland
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best site in Leixlip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

I've lived in Leixlip for most of my life bar one year and the Wonderful Barn is always something I find eye catchingly beautiful. The large barn is an upside-down cone shape with two smaller copies of it in the grounds. It has a winding staircase that wraps around it and brings you to the store rooms in it. And at the very top room there is a metal hoop on the ceiling where it is rumoured that people were hanged there for crimes in the 1700s. It had a magnificent history, and it is a shame that there is no direct access to the Barn. You can view it as it is located in a pubic park, but entering the building is hazardous. As a local, I have been in it myself when I was a kid and it is such a wonderful place. Really earned the name. There is also a house and stables beside it that are in an awful condition, but I hope it will be restored. Some of the barn has been restored already and one can see a huge difference between the new and the old part of it. It was restored with very little care as to how it would affect the aesthetics of it.
It is worth a look and a poke around (hop a wall if you dare!). It's located in a very nice public park so bring a flask of tea and some sandwiches and it'd make a nice afternoon!

Visited August 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful Barn - needs TLC though!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

We heard about the Barn due to it's proximity to the Courtyard Hotel in Leixlip, and felt we had to have a look.
At first glance it is obvious the place needs cash spending on it - it could be restored to a working farmstead, and make money for the local council. Architecturally it is nothing special, but the shape and size of the barn and surrounding buildings are of great interest. Some TLC and an owner would make a treasure of this Wonderful Barn. I only wish I had the money to do it myself!

Visited August 2013
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Limerick
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6 reviews
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“Weirdly wondeful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Not for everyone but for me it was well worth a short walk over rough stone passageway to see a true oddity or architecture in a completely un-commercialised setting.

Visited March 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Unusual shape”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

This unusual building is part of Castletown Estate in Celbridge. After restoration the building itself looks like new, grounds are open for the public so you can enjoy this place whole around. Lots of green for running dogs. Only one inconvenience are sounds of M4.

Visited December 2012
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Kildare
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66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Part of local History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

Love the Barn , a folly built to give farm workers , work during the famine. It's been cleaned up and restore & there is a plan to make the surrounding area a public park. Free to go & see.

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