Parks, Gardens and Open Farms Kilkenny
Throughout the City and County of Kilkenny you will find an array of modern and traditional parks and gardens.
In the city itself, the stunning castle park includes a duck pond and children's playground as well as a formal rose garden and wild flower areas.
Other highlights in the county include the superb Woodstock gardens and the Castlecomer Demesne.
Summer is Here! –Castlecomer Discovery Park launches daily opening of all its activities
It’s summer, time to enjoy sunshine and a break from routine. It is also a time to find ways of keeping kids happy as they while away their holidays. Take the chance to go “screen free” and get into the great outdoors!
Activities at Castlecomer Discovery Park are now open daily from 11.00 am. There is adventure to be had as you walk through the treetops, with views of the River Deane on the parks famous tree top walk. For the more adventurous there Ireland’s longest over water zip line (300 meters), or try the Octagon, our high ropes challenge course.
Magic is in the air at the ELF village, one of the most popular places at Castlecomer Discovery Park. This year the park has launched its woodland café “The Canopy Café” which means parents can enjoy some delicious coffee and sandwiches while kids get climbing and balancing on the junior woodland course.
Visitors will also be able to try their hand at archery, the parks newest activity. Nestled in the stunning woodlands of the park, your little ones and not so little ones can imagine they are Robin Hood. As well as being lots of fun there is the physical and mental benefits, it builds upper body strength, improves mental focus and coordination.
“We are looking forward to a really exciting summer season, all our instructors are trained and ready to help visitors take the leap off our zip line, manoeuvre the high ropes challenges on the Octagon and harness up for the tree top walk and climbing wall. For the less adventurous there is canoeing or pedal boating on our stunning lakes” Jo McCarthy Activity Manager
“We are especially pleased to have the new additions of the Canopy Café and Archery on site, there are also plans to extend the junior play area during the season, so watch this space! It’s easier than ever to book now also as we have introduced our new on line booking system at www.discoverypark.ie/booking ” Kathy Purcell Castlecomer Discovery Park
Activities open daily from 11.00 (last bookings at 3.00 pm)
Avoid disappointment and book online at www.discoverypark.ie/booking
Call 056 4440707 or see www.discoverypark.ie
Highbank Orchards is home to the original and innovative and multi award winning HIGHBANK orchard syrup. We also produce several delicious Apple juices, including our acclaimed Christmas organic mulling apple juice.
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.
Go back in time to a 12th Century castle, remodelled and restored and set in 1830's splendour and extensive parklands: includes art gallery and playground. It is a complex structure of various architectural styles.
Come explore and enjoy some fun at the farm or stay in our campsite full of mod cons at the delightfully idyllic Nore Valley. Take time out and stroll around the energetic farm while the children play in an interactive and relaxed setting. Bottle feed lambs or goats and feed the ducks and turkeys as well as learning a great deal of knowledges about your Irish heritage of farming. Relax with a cup of tea and home baked scones, biscuits and plenty of other delicious treats while the boys rip up the tracks on our Go-Karting race course. With endless things to do at Nore Valley, there is something for the whole family.
Rothe House is a unique Tudor merchant’s townhouse, built between 1594 and 1610. The property comprises three houses, three enclosed courtyards and a large garden to the rear. The property is a lot bigger than it looks from the street! To accommodate his growing family, on this long, narrow plot John Rothe Fitzpiers built three houses, one behind the other, with cobbled courtyards in between. To the rear is a half-acre garden that runs all the way back to the City Wall.
The gardens date to the 1740's. Features include a walled garden, rose garden, rockery garden, a recreated Turner Conservatory, a collection of rare and exotic trees in the arboretum and much more including many tranquil woodland walks.