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!
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