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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.

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

Eat and Drink

Truffle Fairy hand makes high quality chocolate truffles, fudge, bars, chocolate eggs and cakes.

Gus Mabelson Ceramics Kilkenny

Gus creates a wide range of functional stoneware pieces and large sculptural pieces for the home or garden. His large scale work includes garden planters and bird tables; produced to commission.

Accommodation in Kilkenny at Oldtown Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast


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. 

Family Activities at Jerpoint Park in Kilkenny
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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.

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.  

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.

Thomastown to Inistioge Trail Kilkenny Walking
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This stretch of the Nore Valley Walk takes you through diverse countryside, pastoral lands and woodland; rich in flora and fauna. There is the ruin of Grennan Castle at the start, followed by the pretty Dysart Woods and Dysart Castle.

Taste Trail at Goatsbridge Trout Farm Kilkenny
Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

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.

Clay Creations Thomastown Kilkenny

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.