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Browse around Karen Morgan's contemporary pottery shop in Thomastown, before paying a visit to Jerpoint Glass to learn about the craft of glass blowing. Continue on to Jerpoint Abbey, built in 1180AD. From the Abbey, drive on the same road and you will see Goatsbridge Trout Farm, which is a must for all fish lovers. Continue on to Jerpoint Park you will enjoy the wonderful experiences of Jerpoint Park, Ireland's best surviving example of a deserted 12th Century Medieval Town. Finally, stop into the magnificent Mount Juliet Estate for well-deserved refreshments.

Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

Take a trip back through almost 1,000 years of history with a walking tour of Thomastown, following the route suggested on the map.

 

The Watergarden Cafe Thomastown Kilkenny
Eat and Drink

The Watergarden (Camphill Communities of Ireland) incorporating Coffee Shop, Gallery, Crafts, Garden Centre and Streamside. Gardens open to the public all year round

Kilkenny School of Food
Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

The Kilkenny School of Food, Thomastown is a unique rural development initiative, funded through LEADER, with support from Kilkenny County Council and others.  Its mission is to be a chef training hub in Ireland, to provide the hospitality industry with professionally trained staff.  It offers accredited courses in Culinary Skills and professional chef training as well as classes for the amateur.

Evening and weekend courses range from ‘Tuscan Pasta and Sauces’ to ‘Raw Foods’ and includes such topics as Indian Spices and Japanese cooking. Groups can be catered for – hen parties, company days out, team bonding.  

Accommodation in Kilkenny at Oldtown Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast
Accommodation

 

Oldtown Farmhouse is a spacious and friendly Kilkenny Bed and Breakfast based on a family run farm, situated on an elevated site with scenic views of the surrounding countryside. Oldtown Farmhouse B&B is home to an award winning and world renowned propagation nursery and 2000-year-old Ring Fort, where guests can receive a complimentary guided tour.  Nearby attractions and adventure activities are just a stone's throw away with Mount Juliet Hotel and Golf Club just 1km away and Kell's Priory, Jerpoint Abbey, Jerpoint Glass and Kiltorcan Raceway Karting just 5 minutes away. 

Eat and Drink

At home in their kitchen in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland, they create and make all of their own unique recipes and flavour combinations.

Family Activities at Jerpoint Park in Kilkenny
Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

We aim to provide fun and educational family experience enjoying a scenic nature walk & get a true feel for the varied flora and fauna. Witness first hand the peace and tranquility of the unspoilt rural setting.

Kilfane Church
Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

The most remarkable feature is the effigy of Cantwell Fada from mid 13th to early 14th century. Situated 2 miles north of Thomastown, off the N9.

Clay Creations Thomastown Kilkenny
Craft

Brid Lyons designs and hosts a wide variety of contemporary ceramic pieces, original designs and sculptural work. Brid’s sculptural works are creative in form with vibrant glazes creating a unique character for each piece.

Heritage in Kilkenny with Jerpoint Abbey
Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

Visit monastic ruins at this 12th century Cistercian abbey with a magnificently sculptured cloister arcade. Includes visitor and exhibition centre.

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall
Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall is a pristine example of a romantic era garden dating from the 1790s. Untouched for 200 years, it is a picturesque paradise with a waterfall tumbling its way to a rushing stream and woodland paths leading to a cottage.

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