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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.

Taste Trail at Goatsbridge Trout Farm Kilkenny
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Experience the rich food and craft heritage of the Jerpoint area with our trail, which brings you up close with the producers and makers of some of Kilkenny’s iconic food and craft.

Fishing at Jerpoint Park
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Fishing in Jerpoint Park on the River Nore for wild salmon and brown trout, is situated downstream from Mount Juliet, and up stream from Thomastown. 

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.

Golf and Equestrian Activities at Mount Juliet Estate
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18 hole Jack Nicklaus designed Championship Golf Course, 18 hole putting course, 3 hole golf academy and golf practice area, including driving bays. Ranked among the world's finest parkland courses. Has hosted the Irish Open on 3 occasions.

Kilkenny School of Food
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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.  

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The Ultimate in pampering and rejuvenation. Mount Juliet Spa is complemented by a fully equipped Health Club including a 15 metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gymnasium. Offers luxury beauty treatments in a discreet & luxurious environment.

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

Kilfane Church
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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.

Lady Helen Michelin Star Restaurant at Mount Juliet Hotel Kilkenny
Eat and Drink

The award winning Lady Helen Restaurant enjoys panoramic views over the estate and River Nore. Awarded 1 Michelin Star and 3 AA Rosettes. Variety of international dishes are prepared using local produce and fresh herbs.

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall
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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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