Family Activities in Kilkenny
From making your own hand puppets or shooting longbows like Robin Hood, to petting reptiles in Ireland’s only reptile zoo, Kilkenny offers an unrivalled range of fun filled activities for all the family.
Whether you come for a short midweek or weekend family break, or for your annual Summer holiday, there’s plenty to do, see and experience in Kilkenny to help you create wonderful family memories. We have terrific family friendly hotels in Kilkenny too.
Choose to stay in one of our award winning Hotels, welcoming guesthouses and B&B' in Kilkenny or sample the delights of staying on a working farm. We have some of the best self-catering accommodation in Kilkenny and plenty of camping and caravan options – there’s literally something for everyone!
Kilkenny was recently voted the Food County of Ireland so when it comes to feeding your family, we have that covered too! Check out our Eat & Drink page to find a family restaurant to whet your appetite.
When it comes to activities for you and your family, we hope you’ve had your Weetabix, because you’re going to need it!
We’ve even developed a special mini-brochure just for you to download. It gives a snapshot of some of what Kilkenny has to offer families. It’s even broken down into what you and your family can do on sunny AND rainy days! How nice are we?
And of course, we have plenty of family friendly hotels in Kilkenny where you can stay after a great day of family fun and activities.
Finally, in case you thought we forgot that Mum and Dad might like some ‘me-time’, we haven’t. Most of our family focussed Hotels offer supervised daytime Kids Clubs during the school holidays and babysitting services at night, so you can feel free to enjoy the best of our spas ,golf , shopping and award winning nightlife.
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Kilkenny Activity Centre, as seen on TV3, BBC, RTE and Irish TV, is a purpose built activity centre which caters for groups from age 7+. Our activities include bubble soccer, splatball, paintball, giant darts, an outdoor assault course and loads of fun! We are located to the rear of the Orchard House Bar and Restaurant and our grounds, which cover five acres include two bubble soccer fields, four paintball arenas and of course our "Hells Kitchen" assault course.
Kilkenny Airsoft is the first fully automated airsoft indoor shooting range in the whole of Ireland. The facilities are there to cater for everyone, from experienced shooters to those who have never held a gun before.
A fantastic way to view the cities historical sites is to take the Kilkenny City Tours road train. The tour starts off beside Kilkenny Castle ( on the castle side ) and brings you on a 30 minute tour of Medieval Kilkenny City. While on board you will get a full commentary giving a historical and fascinating insight into the history of Kilkenny.
This one of a kind ghost tour takes you through the medieval capital of Ireland. Kilkenny with its narrow cobbled lanes, remnants of its city walls and with its mystic charm, it should be no surprise that Kilkenny is bursting with tales of the paranormal. Its people have told stories for generations, handed down to become far more than hearsay. Kilkenny’s ghostly tales all have one very important thing in common they are all based around fact and arise from genuine historic tragedies.
Pococke Golf Course is a mature 12 hole Parkland course, open to the public and which is just 5 minutes from Kilkenny City Centre. Footgolf is played on an 18 hole golf course using a football. Rugbygolf... the new sport in Ireland is played over 9 holes, using a rugbyball and kicking tee. PDF of booklet.
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.
Pure Adventure is based in the heart of the Barrow Valley in the Picturesque Village of Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny. Pure Adventure is a family run business that is built on a passion for the outdoors and for water sports and our mission is to share our passion with our visitors, giving you a great experience and memories that will last a lifetime.
Pure Adventure offers a range of Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Hill Walking activities to suit all ages and abilities. All equipment is supplied and all guides are fully qualified and highly experienced.
Join us for an unforgettable Cultural Sporting Experience and lets us show you how we do things - "The Kilkenny Way". Experience includes learning the basic skills of hurling and see the craftmanship of hurley making.
The National Reptile Zoo is Ireland’s only dedicated reptile zoo! We give you the unique opportunity to come face to face with some of the world’s most amazing animals – including giant pythons, monitor lizards, snapping turtles, tortoise, alligators, tarantulas and more!
We pride ourselves on providing a hands-on, interactive experience for every visitor through our hourly Animal Encounters and Tropical Walk-Through Dome, it’s an experience not to be missed!
The Playstation offers a fun, spacious, safe and clean children's entertainment play centre in Kilkenny. We have facilities for toddlers and children off all ages which include some of the following: