Both the City and County quietly emanate the very best that Ireland has to offer. From culture to creativity, fine eateries to vibrant nightlife and outdoor adventures to medieval magic, this is the place that has something for everybody.
Hydrobikes - the most exciting new water adventure experience in Ireland to “Explore The Nore like Never Before!”
Hydrobikes provide a gentle, low-impact aerobic total body workout; but it all depends on how fast you pedal. Take a hydrobike out for a leisurely ride along the Nore, a fast cardio workout, photography session, or a spot of fishing. They are non polluting, easy to ride, lightweight, safe, stable and are the perfect way to experience water sports. Hydrobikes are super dog friendly, and your furry friend will love the ride as much as you will. They are easy to ride and suitable for adventurers from ages 8 upwards.
Hydrobikes are single-seated, one person per bike with a minimum age requirement of 8.
The luxury, sophistication and style of Lyrath Estate are unsurpassed among Kilkenny hotels. Lyrath Estate is a multi-award winning hotel, spa and luxury wedding venue offering some of the finest accommodation, dining, and conference facilities in Ireland. Located amidst 170 acres of mature parkland, the Estate is home to a host of native wildlife including ducks, rabbits, hares, and squirrels. Lyrath Estate is a family-friendly hotel, boasting a leisure centre with a 17m swimming pool, 22 seater private screening room, outdoor playground and Reilly’s Fun Club. Guests can also avail of activities such as archery, falconry, cycling, walks and fishing throughout the Estate.
Escape and unwind with romantic breaks at Lyrath Estate – enjoy fine dining at our Two AA Rosette winning Yew Restaurant, rejuvenate with an Oasis Spa signature treatment, such as the award-winning Neroli Blossom Ritual, enjoy afternoon tea in The Atrium and catch up over cocktails in Tupper’s Bar! Try a tomahawk steak or lobster in the casual chic Grill & Bar.
The historic setting, exceptional facilities and exquisite food, mean Lyrath Estate is the ultimate wedding venue in Kilkenny. The award-winning Oasis spa voted 'Irish Tatler Hotel Spa of the year' is a popular destination for spa days & pamper breaks in Ireland not to mention among Kilkenny hotels. The Kilkenny Convention Centre, part of Lyrath Estate, is the largest convention/conference venue in Kilkenny, with state of the art facilities, natural daylight and ample free parking we can cater for up to 1500 delegates theatre style, or 850 for a gala dinner.
Experience the adrenaline of paintball, the fun of bubble football, the playfulness of splat ball and the hell in the Hells’ Kitchen Assault Course (and much more!) all at the Kilkenny Activity Centre! Located just off the Kilkenny ring road adjacent to the Orchard House Bar & Restaurant, activities include Splat ball, Bubble Soccer, Paintball, the much lauded ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Assault Course and loads of fun.
• Activity Centre offering a range of challenging & fun activities for all the family
• Open all year round, 10hrs a day 7 days a week. 10- 6pm
• Cost: from €17.50 per activity
• Booking essential
Hire Canoes and accessories from Paddle Your Own Canoe for 1 to 5 days canoe and camping adventures, experience the wonders and delights of the barrow River.
Do you dream about escaping stress for a couple of days and drifting down a river in a canoe? Or setting off on an adventure and getting back to nature for a holiday, a break or something new with friends, family or work colleagues? Paddle Your Own Canoe offers you the opportunity to rent a canoe and camping gear and organise your multi day trip down the River Barrow. Pass through beautiful countryside, villages, towns and historical sites on a journey with Paddle Your Own Canoe .
Take a guided boat tour of Kilkenny in a traditional Irish Open-Boat on the historic river Nore as it flows through the city. Learn of the often unspoken and local history that the river holds. Witness the wildlife that thrive in the urban environment and that have shared the waterways with man for thousands of years. See Kilkenny as both invaders and settlers did, entering the city by boat. Be sure to bring your camera as you'll have the opportunity to capture some very unique views of Kilkenny including a rarely viewed angle of the Castle, as seen from river level.
The guides are friendly, entertaining and possess a love for the job they do. You'll find the boat trips relaxing, informative and most of all memorable. To get a feel of what to expect, have a look at this fantastic video.
The 30 minute trips in Kilkenny are by group booking only due to Covid 19.
For more information, call Cliff on 00 353 (0)87 2061999.
Hurling Tours Ireland
Kilkenny City; Kavanagh's Bar, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny.
At Hurling Tours Ireland, we provide a unique experience for visitors to Co. Kilkenny. We are involved in giving visitors an introduction to our ancient national sport, Hurling.
You would be mad to visit Ireland and not try our unique and ferocious sport. You will learn about the history of Hurling and how it has evolved into the fastest field game in the world, that we see today. This is all done in a Hurling team's dressing room in Kilkenny City, giving you that up-close, intense experience. Once you are up-to-date on the basics of the game, we take you on to the 'field of dreams' to try a few skills for yourself. This will be an unforgettable experience that will live long in the memory of each guest. We give everyone an opportunity to take a shot at the goalposts, and score like the Kilkenny Cats so often do.
We have had visitors from many different nationalities and backgrounds fall in love with Hurling and the culture it creates in Ireland. Visitors from Canada, USA and Australia even promising to join a GAA Club when they return home.
Kilkenny City; Kavanagh's Bar, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny
Kilkenny Famine Experience
MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Hebron Road, Kilkenny
Visit Kilkenny Union Workhouse, adjacent to Kilkenny Train Station, now beautifully restored as MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre to take this FREE audio visual self-led tour.
Hear the heartbreaking and poignant human stories recorded in local newspaper articles and minute books from the Board of Guardians, a true reflection of the Kilkenny Famine Experience from the perspective of the Workhouse inmates and staff.
Shenanigans - The Kilkenny City Walk is the fun way to experience historic Kilkenny City, the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s Ancient East. Blending comedy, magic, history, whimsical fun and plenty of Shenanigans our guides will take you on a jolly jaunt tracing Kilkenny City’s fascinating Medieval Mile, regaling you with unique anecdotes, fun facts and a good dollop of irreverent humour, craíc and mischief. Not just a guided tour ... a MIS-guided tour!
The fun, magical, historical & hysterical way to experience Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile.
Kilkenny Design Craft Centre offers an unrivalled selection of Irish handcrafted gifts. While it has many imitators, the Centre remains Ireland’s most prestigious source of Irish gifts of exceptional quality, all chosen with a discerning eye for quality, uniqueness and style.
The Centre’s unequalled supplier list, drawn from Ireland’s most eminent craftspeople and designers, gives visitors a uniquely special shopping experience, allowing them to purchase the best of Irish crafts and design under one roof. Visitors from outside of the EU can avail of highly attractive tax free shopping.
Visit the unique Heritage Site in Jerpoint Park and enjoy a guided tour of the footprints of a deserted 12th Century Medieval town dating back to 1200AD. Your local guide will delve into the history and importance of this once thriving town called Newtown Jerpoint. Take a step back in time and explore the standing remains of St. Nicholas's Church, the domestic tower and the stunning 14th Century Medieval Tomb. Jerpoint Park also offers Angling for wild Salmon and wild brown trout or why not try something completely unique and come watch our Sheep Dog demonstration, showcasing man and dog working together as one. www.jerpointpark.com
*Guided Heritage Tours
Unearth the footprints of a 12th Century Medieval Town called Newtown Jerpoint plus the Tomb Effigy of St. Nicholas with a Guided Heritage Tour. Daily tours: 10.30am & 2.30pm from mid April to mid October.
*Sheep dog demonstrations
Sheep dog Demonstrations at Jerpoint Park shows Sheep Dog Demonstrations at Jerpoint Park show a strong bond of respect between man and dog.
Border collie dogs are the preferred dogs used here & is a wonderful event to see man and dog working together as one.
Daily sheep dog demo: 11.30am & 3.30pm from mid April to Mid October
Fishing for wild brown trout and wild salmon on the River Nore – rods and bait available for hire. Fishing Daily: between mid April to end of September.
If you have any queries about Jerpoint Park please ring Maeve on 086 6061449
The beautiful Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum are located overlooking the River Nore Valley and the picturesque village of Inistioge. The gardens date to the 1740's with the main development taking place in the 1800's. A period of disrepair followed during the 1900's following the burning of Woodstock House, however in 1999, Kilkenny County Council undertook an ambitious programme of garden restoration which is now well advanced. 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.
Kiltorcan Raceway is one of Ireland's best go-kart circuit's and is known to be challenging, exhilarating and fun, while still being an extremely safe track.
So whether you are coming as an individual, group of friends, on a corporate team building day or that all important fun filled hen or stag party the team at Kiltorcan Raceway will make sure your time here is packed with excitement and fun while ensuring your safety at all times.
If you are new to go-kart racing or are an experienced driver our state of the art kart's paired with our outdoor super smooth 1000 metre, all weather, floodlit go-kart track will offer you the buzz of a lifetime.
Ten Pin Bowling is a family activity that can be enjoyed by all ages from children as young as 3 years of age. At KBowl you can experience state of the art computerized scoring systems while relaxing on leather sofas enjoying a selection of refreshments. We now serve food. Why not have some pizza and chips with your bowling, kids meals and much more.
Always popular is the KZone area with air hockey and more. All lanes are fully accessible to wheelchair users and are fitted with side bumpers to ensure the best chance of a STRIKE every time!!
Don't forget we offer a 10% discount on 1 hour of bowling to visitors who show their hotel or b&b card/keycard/key
Kilkenny Golf Club 18 Hole Championship Parkland Course in Kilkenny. Playable all year round due to sand based greens. Close to city centre. Full catering facilities available.
The course, which is of championship standard, is set on 120 acres of parkland and measures 5,933 metres with a par of 71. The course is mostly flat terrain with an abundance of trees. Notable features are the difficult par threes, the long par four eleventh and the final four holes which have ruined many a fine card! See Gallery here.
A feature at the 10th tee is a “Fulacht Fiadh”, or ancient Irish kitchen. This type of structure dates back to the Bronze Age when these ancient cooking places were horse shoe shaped mounds made up of small pieces of stone and situated close to a water source or in marshy ground.
After a game visitors will find the clubhouse, like the city - very friendly where they can relax in a convivial atmosphere and partake of the Bar and full catering facilities available throughout the day.
Perched high above the village of Ballyhale in Co. Kilkenny with amazing countryside views, lush greenery and beautiful trees - Mountain View is one of the most stylish places around! Ideally situated in the South East and only 20 minutes drive from Kilkenny. Tucked into the hillside, you'll find a beautiful venue perfect for weddings and events, a chic bar & eatery and a beautiful eighteen hole parkland golf course situated on over 120 acres of prime Kilkenny land! Pass through the grand entrance, drive up the tree lined avenue and you have arrived. This beautiful and unique golf course awaits you and so to does some of the best scenery in South East Ireland.
Golf at Mountain View
The Golf Course opened its gates in 1996 and boasts 18 holes of breathtaking golf – with sweeping fairways, imaginative bunkers, elegant water features, sensational views and superbly manicured Greens ensuring year round play. The brainchild of the O’Neill Family, Mountain View opened its gates in 1996 as one of very few privately owned golf courses in Ireland at the time. Spread over 120 acres of rolling countryside, the course consists of sweeping fairways, elegant water features, sensational views and superbly manicured sand-based tees & greens ensuring year round play. The course was designed to be an exciting challenge for golfers of all levels. As you move along, the course takes on a different personality and will test even the most accomplished players. The course is always well manicured and is regarded as having some of the best putting surfaces in the South East. For all golf membership enquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Greenhouse Bar & Eatery - Life’s greatest pleasure.
There are plenty of ways to dine at Mountain View. Choose from The Greenhouse Bar & Eatery or go for something a little different and enjoy feasting on the terrace, summer barbecues and private dining for parties – you will be spoilt for choice.
Private Events- Planning a party?
Once a family home to the O’Neill’s, it’s now refreshed and revitalised! They like to plan events where everything revolves around their guests. All the character and charm of ‘your own place in the country’, served up with heartfelt personal service and an easygoing at-home atmosphere.
Relaxed & Personal Weddings
Mountain View is a completely relaxed venue so use your imagination as much as possible! It’s the first day of the rest of your lives, and there can be few better places to spend it than at Mountain View. With space for up to 220 guests, the venue makes the perfect exclusive use Kilkenny wedding venue. Mountain View is exclusive to guests on their big day, just their nearest & dearest celebrating together (plus a couple of sheep, a few cows and plenty of ducks!)
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.
Gaelic Games form part of the flavour of Kilkenny, from UPMC Nowlan Park in Kilkenny city to each of the 41 clubs, to be found in every parish in the county, from Clooneen in the north to Glenmore in the south.
The Kilkenny Senior Hurling team has, since the turn of the Millennium, been the most successful hurling team ever. This success has been founded upon our club games which are run throughout the spring, summer and autumn culminating in our local championship finals in UPMC Nowlan Park.
In recent years the Kilkenny Senior Camogie team has been one of the most successful teams in the country, with their success again based on the thriving camogie club competitions in Kilkenny.
While football is not as strong in Kilkenny as in some other counties, our footballers participate in national competitions at the appropriate level. Of recent years our underage club footballers have competed at national level while Kilkenny Ladies Football continues to develop.
Handball flourishes in Kilkenny with many National and international champions of renown representing Kilkenny. Handball Alleys are to be found throughout the the city and county and details of handball fixtures are to be found here.
Wherever you are in Kilkenny, City or County, you will find the true flavour of Kilkenny at our Gaelic Games.
Join us on a fun filled tour of Kilkenny's finest sights. Sit back, relax in comfort and let us bring you to many spectacular buildings and places that Kilkenny has to offer. Hear all about the sights on our fully narrated tour and sing along to many favourite traditional songs and music played onboard. With tight and demanding time schedules on your holiday this is the best way to get your bearings in a place that you haven't seen before.
Starting from Kilkenny Castle we will take you 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 Houss 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. View route map here.
Kilkenny Cycling Tours offers you the opportunity to visit historical and cultural sites around Kilkenny including Kilkenny Castle, The Kilkenny Design Centre, Shee Alms House, The Tholsel, St. Mary’s Church, Rothe House & Gardens, The Courthouse (Grace’s Castle), St. Francis’ Abbey, The Black Abbey and St. Canice’s Cathedral.
Experience Irish hospitality while having an enjoyable easy-paced cycling around the medieval capital of Ireland with photo opportunities and historical information provided at each destination.
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 knowledge 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.
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. Come and join us for plenty of fun - & coffee and treats for the adults!
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.
The National Reptile Zoo
Hebron Business Park, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, R95 KF6V
The National Reptile Zoo is Ireland’s only dedicated reptile zoo! They 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!
They pride themselves on providing a hands-on, interactive experience for every visitor through their hourly Animal Encounters, it’s an experience not to be missed!
For Fitness, for Leisure, for Family Fun - The Watershed is THE sports and leisure facility in Kilkenny and one of Ireland's finest.
Non-members are welcome to the enjoy the extensively equipped Pool and Fitness Gym facilities where you can take a dip in the 25m Fina Standard Swimming Pool and follow this with a visit to the Health Suite with Sauna, Steam Room and Jacuzzi. Or perhaps work out for fitness or pleasure in our Gym where an experienced staff member will be on hand to offer instruction and advice.
Young children will love the Toddler Fun Pool with aqua play features and The Watershed also run a popular Multi-Activity Camp programme specially developed for children of primary school age, throughout the school holiday periods - the ideal way to keep your children active and entertained while you take part in some local retail therapy or sightseeing.
From life drawing to action-packed paintballing on canvas, Art it offers something to suit everyone. Children can join art and craft classes on weekends, art camps in summer, and they can take advantage of the popular “drop in “ service where parents can leave children in a safe, creative environment to get crafty for an hour or two, painting, decorating and decopatching paper macce' pieces, glassware, pottery, T-Shirts and jewellery, while parents tour Kilkenny or shop.
Art It is for all ages, so parents can have great fun here too spending family time together!
Don't miss an opportunity to play this fantastic 18 hole, beautifully designed golf course with breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape. The course is set in a 200-year-old forest of elevated beauty, with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside with a the new layout uniquely designed and well received by all players.
Castlecomer Golf Club is situated just 15 minutes from Kilkenny City. The course is set in a 200 year old forest of elevated beauty, with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, framed by the canopy of the woodland. Castlecomer’s course provides a great test of golf combined with breath taking views of the local terrain. With the development of this course completed in 2003, it is clear to everyone at Castlecomer Golf Club that Pat Ruddy has designed a unique Golf Course.
Castlecomer Golf Club have a great programme of fixtures planned and apart from the serious business of competition they plan that the social side of golf will have plenty of space also.
Castlecomer Discovery Park offers an exciting range of activities around the estate including tree top walks, climbing walls, boating, adventure playgrounds, orienteering and most recently Ireland’s longest zip wire and high ropes challenge. At the hub of the site, there is the Irish Mining Museum, a purpose-built cafe, craft village, and spaces for educational activities.
Castlecomer Discovery Park comprises 80 acres of natural woodland and lakes. It opened to the public in 2007 to commemorate the coal-mining heritage following the closure of the local mines in 1969. It aims to develop rural tourism, generate local employment and regenerate the town.
Countryside Leisure Activity Centre, Bonnettsrath (Less then 10 mins from city centre) Offers a range of activities including Clay Pigeon Shooting, Indoor Rifle Target Shooting and Archery. All equipment provided and full instructions given. Perfect for all Hen and Stag Parties.
Archery is becoming an ever popular activity, its an competitive sport where your strength and accuracy are tested to the full by the experienced instructors who will teach you how to load, aim, shoot and score no matter what the weather !!!Archery is available as a stand-alone activity or as part of our package deal of three activities. All equipment provided with safety briefing.
Indoor Rifle Target Shooting can be a commanding and rewarding experience, you have to breath steady and look through your scope for the perfect shot. Just like the Clay Pigeon Shooting it demands calm and concentration which can be great fun for hen, stag or family parties etc. With little to no sound or recoil air rifles are great for all levels. The experienced staff will provide expert coaching and provide all the professional equipment such as ammunition, hearing and eye protection and score cards.
Countryside Leisure Activity Centre offers one of Ireland's finest Clay Pigeon shooting ranges with their purposely built shooting facilities and automated equipment. They are ideally suited for first timers and the more eagle eye shooters. The experienced instructors always have your safety first on their priorities as well as making sure you have a day to remember. All equipment is provided which includes shotguns, ammunition, clays, eyes and ear protection.
Kilkenny Footgolf newest combines two of the worlds most popular sports football and golf. It is similar to golf in layout with 18 individual holes and the aim is to get the ball into the hole in as few shots as possible. Footgolf holes are shorter than golf which means a more enjoyable experience while playing. An ideal sport for kids, families, friends, etc. At Pococke Golf Centre we are delighted to welcome everyone to enjoy sport while maintaining social distancing. You don’t need to bring anything other than yourself, we are happy to provide footballs but please bring your own if you wish to and you will get an additional discount.
We also offer a 18 hole Golf course which consists of 7 par 4s and 11 par 3s. A nice test of golf with some of the shortest holes the trickiest with bunkers and water around the greens. A nice and challenging course for all golfers. No membership is not required so please just ring to book. Golf clubs for rental available are also available.
Pococke Golf Centre is a located just on the edge of Kilkenny City and great location for everyone to have a great time while enjoying the outdoors whether playing Footgolf or Golf.
If you have any questions check out our website or want to book please ring us on 0567775644 or contact through email email@example.com.
Looking to get the family active in outdoor activities – then this is the perfect opportunity for you! Go with The Flow brings you adventurous Canoeing trips in Kilkenny. Our unique experience offers you the chance to explore the beautiful countryside of Kilkenny by taking you into beautiful, unspoilt and exciting waterways. Our charismatic instructors will guide you along exclusive trails and show you how to shoot weirs and ride the rapids. We will pass through dramatic landscapes, mysteries wooded valleys and old navigations once used by the Guinness barges to deliver Ireland’s favourite tipple. Bring a picnic, visit the playground of The Incredible Mr Kavanagh and take a swim in tranquil sheltered waters of our favourite remote pools.<