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Awesome Things to do in Kilkenny this Summer


We all need something to look forward to this summer, so make today the day you start planning your summer escape to Kilkenny. Here are some things to do in Kilkenny from outdoor adventure, (the water and two wheel variety), to après match pints & tipples on a terrace, Kilkenny Tourism has lined up a list of awesome places to go to and things to do this summer;

Action Adventure and a ‘Small Dose’ of Culture

Go With The Flow

Hit the water in Graiguenamanagh

The small town of Graiguenamanagh is a mecca for water sports. From Kayaking or riding the rapids by canoe, Pure AdventureGo with the Flow or Paddle your own Canoe  offer the ultimate water experience – the most popular being the Graiguenamanagh Loop which takes in some stunning flatwater sections through the Wooded Barrow Valley.

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Grab a panoramic view of Kilkenny & Climb Brandon Hill

Take in a 360 degree panoramic view of Kilkenny with a climb on Brandon Hill, when walkers reach the top of this 500m walk they will be rewarded with breath-taking views, so be camera ready for this one!

Get back to nature and make a night of it at Brandon Hill Glamping  

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Experience the thrill of Kiltorcan Raceway

If the ‘need for speed’ is on your thrill-list, then check out Kiltorcan Raceway which will send car racing enthusiasts to new levels with their high speed go-kart circuits. Whether you’re new to karting or are an experienced driver, the state of the art karts paired with our outdoor super smooth 1000 metre, all weather, floodlit karting circuit will offer you the buzz of a lifetime.

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Zip Line & Climb the high ropes at Castlecomer Discovery Park

For those who want to experience dizzy heights, then check out Ireland’s longest zip line and climb the high ropes at Castlecomer Discovery Park. Home to Ireland’s longest zip line, it is 300 metres long and 35 metres over the ground at its highest point. Visitors zip over our stunning woodland, two lakes and 17th-century hand-restored bridge.

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Test your hurling skills with The Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience

Learn to hurl like a Croke Park pro at The Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience, where they will learn all about the game’s history and how to hit a sliotar like a true Kilkenny cat! This is a unique sporting experience giving you an insight into the worlds Oldest (3000 yrs) and fastest field game in the true Home Of Hurling Champions – Kilkenny. Join us for two Hours of Hurling fun in the Home of the Famous Kilkenny Cats.

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Get down and dirty with Paintballing at Kilkenny Adventure Centre

If you have brought your mates along, experience the adrenaline of paintball, the fun of bubble football, the playfulness of splatball and the hell in Hells’ Kitchen Assault Course (and much much more!) at the Kilkenny Adventure Centre! Sounds hazardous? trust us, its great way for a group to spend an afternoon.

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Discover Dunmore Caves Dark Past

Discover hidden depths at Dunmore Caves, well known as the ‘darkest place in Ireland’, so be warned they turn the lights off at the end of the tour which could leave some looking for a quick exit!

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Ramble down Butterslip Lane

As one of Ireland’s easiest cities to navigate on foot, why not take a stroll down Butterslip Lane where you will be treated to artisan shops and quaint cafes, giving you those ultimate ‘Notting Hill’ vibes. Stop off for a bite to eat in Petronella’s Restaurant and soak up the bustling atmosphere.

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Discover 800yrs of History at Kilkenny Castle

Whether on foot or on wheels, no trip to the city is complete without a visit to Kilkenny Castle, where your ‘culture vulture’ mates (there’s always one!), will be impressed with centuries of history in one location!

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Trail Ireland's Medieval Mile

Ireland’s Medieval Mile is the ultimate ‘boardwalk’ – a stretch filled with restaurants, pubs, shops, not forgetting its packed with history. Although you may not see Hollywood A-listers names on this boardwalk, if you’re looking for ‘a bit of craic’, a guided tour with Shenanigans is recommended where the guide takes a ‘lighter’ look at the medieval ‘goings-on’ in the city.

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Kilkenny Ghost Tour

Kilkenny is home to wayward spirits & ghosts that make Netflix thrillers look like a Disney movie. Find out all about the spooky world that is Kilkenny with Kilkenny Ghost Tours, take the tour when the sun is down and anything may appear!

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Walking At Woodstock Gardens

Blow away the cobwebs with a stroll around Woodstock Gardens or a canal bank cycle

Blow away the cobwebs with a morning stroll around the beautiful Woodstock Gardens, located in the extremely picturesque village of Inistioge, Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum are an absolute breath of fresh air  or if you are staying in the city saddle up and discover all the charms of the canal along the River Nore with a Kilkenny Cycling Tours.

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All aboard the Kilkenny Road Train Tour

For those who prefer something less strenuous, the Kilkenny Road Train takes visitors to all the top sights around the city on rail!! Starting from Kilkenny Castle you will be taken on a 30 minute tour through the streets of Kilkenny, along the way you’ll see many historical sights including St. Canices Cathedral, St. Francis Abbey Brewery, The Old Court House and many, many more. Meander along the picturesque lanes and streets of Kilkenny and let us take you on a nostalgic journey reminiscent of the gone steam train.