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Shankill Castle

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Shankill Castle has been home to the Cope family since 1991. They have opened up their vibrant house and gardens for visitors to experience the history behind the castle.

Take a stroll through the gardens which are deeply soaked in Victorian history. There are remnants of 18th-century lime alles and 19th-century laurel lawns which give you an idea how long the land dates back.

The Coach House Cafe in the gardens aim is to share seasonal, local and organic food prepared from scratch in their kitchen, using the bounty of the walled garden and organic farm. The simple, wholesome menu covers light lunch, weekend brunch, artisan tea, organic coffee and a spread of homemade cakes and treats. Keep an eye on their What’s On page for special pop-up food events as they are always worth experiencing. As well as using their own produce, Shankill works closely with local suppliers to bring you the best local produce that can be found on their simple, wholesome menu.

Shankill Castle is home to Elizabeth Cope, whose work fills and colours the walls of the house and café. Elizabeth’s energy and creativity infuses everything they do at Shankill. Studio visits can be arranged by appointment which we highly recommend looking into.

Shankill Gardens and Coach House café open Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kilkenny Foodie Tours

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Kilkenny Foodie Tours offers food tasting and cultural walking tours through Kilkenny's medieval narrow streets and alleyways. On their tours, you will visit local artisan food producers and meet the owners who share their insight on the delicious tastes found in the historic city.  From world-class produce and exceptional seafood to unbeatable whiskey, there is so much to discover in Kilkenny.

Kilkenny Foodie Tours organises Foodie Day Trip to Kilkenny.

Visit chocolatiers, take a guided tour of Ballykeefe gin distillery, and more artisan food and experiences in this chauffeur-driven guided tour of Kilkenny County’s top food and craft producers.

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For the itinerary or to book click here.

 

Jerpoint Glass

Jerpoint Glass

Jerpoint Glass, Oldtown, Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny, R95WN67

Tel: +353 56 7724 350

enquiries@jerpointglass.com

https://www.jerpointglass.com/

An internationally recognised name, a passionate family business of almost 30 years, and part of the world-class Kilkenny craft network, the Jerpoint Glass Studio in Thomastown is well worth a visit. Since 1979 the Master Craftsmen at Jerpoint Glass Studio have designed and created Irish handmade glass for your home. Drawing on 2000 years of glass blowing tradition, the skilled Glass makers individually create each piece in the Jerpoint collection. Jerpoint Glass with its distinctive style combines the beautiful and the functional to bring you the best in contemporary Irish Glass.

You can watch the team of incredibly skilled glass blowers exercise their craftsmanship on this fine art, get close to the action in the artisan studio, enjoy free demonstrations Monday through to Friday and learn about a day in the life of a Master glass blower before visiting the gallery shop to find a piece that’s unique and mesmerizing.

All products are proudly handmade in Kilkenny and the gallery also features other craft and art exhibitions throughout the year, making your visit a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

The Wine Buff

The Wine Buff Store

The Wine Buff was started in 2000 by three Irish friends that recognised the growing demand for quality wines at affordable prices by the Irish consumers. They specialise in finding wines made by the best family-owned vineyards and importing them to Ireland without using agents or brokers. Kilkenny is the newest addition to the 11 franchise outlets in Ireland and the shop in the town of St. Emilion in Bordeaux.

Gabi and Gary will be delighted to welcome you to view their wines, wine accessories, Carrol Boyes functional art, Coffee, chocolates and more. They have a range of gift sets in beautiful packaging and do hampers to order too. Why not take advantage of their FREE local deliveries or you can order online at www.thewinebuff.com

 

The Wine Buff, extraordinary wines at ordinary prices. 

Kilkenny Activity Centre

Kilkenny Activity Centre

Kilkenny Activity Centre, New Orchard Road, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: +353 (0)86 261 1567

info@kilkennyactivitycentre.ie

https://kilkennyactivitycentre.ie/

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.

 

Highlights: 

• 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

Paddle Your Own Canoe

Paddle Your Own Canoe Kilkenny

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

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BoatTrips.ie Guided Boat Tours of Kilkenny

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.

Ormonde Language Tours

Ormonde Language Tours Kilkenny

Business address: Hillcrest, Greenshill, Kilkenny, R95DC9V

Tel: 0876290244

ormondelingo@gmail.com

https://ormondelanguagetours.com/

Ormonde Language Tours offers walking tours of Kilkenny in English, French and German. Each kilkenny walking tour is conducted in one language by John, a history loving native of Kilkenny. John is studying modern languages with the Open University and he has also completed the National Tour Guide training course. John will show you the best of Kilkenny city and you will be amazed by our fascinating history. You can book a tour online and if you request a tour in your language at a different time, just ask.

Kilkenny has many fabulous sights to see. Old ecclesiastical monuments such as St. Canice’s Cathedral, St. Francis and the Black Abbey. Medieval buildings such as Shee Alms house, Kytler’s Inn and Rothe House. Our most well-known building though is Kilkenny Castle, originally built in the 12th century, much of the current building comes from this period and is mixed with a 19th century remodelling. The river Nore flows through the city centre and is crossed by five bridges in the city. After you have finished your walking tour, take a stroll through the castle park. Kilkenny has a vibrant nightlife and also some of the best restaurants in Ireland and boasts having one of Ireland’s 16 Michelin star restaurants. We have plenty of superb casual eateries as well. Kilkenny has a very creative craft scene and many studios can be visited.

Walk through Ireland’s most beautiful city with Ormonde Language Tours and admire the fantastic scenery. Stroll along the river Nore and appreciate the view of the Blackstairs mountains in the distance. Visit Kilkenny’s architectural heritage dating back to the 9th century. Learn about the many important people native to Kilkenny with your guide who is Kilkenny native and speaks French and German. If you are short on time, a walking tour with Ormonde Language Tours is the ideal way to get to know Kilkenny

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Goods of Kilkenny

Goods, Kilkenny's leading ladies fashion store.

88 & 90 High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland R95 F3XR

Tel: 056 772 2143

https://goods.ie/

Located in the heart of one of Ireland’s most vibrant cities, W.H.Good ltd, or ‘Goods of Kilkenny’ as it is known was founded in 1927 by William Henry Good, who first opened a small shoe shop at no. 90 High Street. Later the store grew and expanded to include clothing and linens.

During the sixties his son, Vivian Good joined the business and the expansion and development of the store continued for what was to become a 5 decade period, seeing the addition of a basement in 1977 to house the expanding shoe business and in the early 1990’s the extension of the second floor along with the addition of a lift to service all four floors.

These additions increased the stores retail space to 20,000 sq ft consolidating Goods’ position as Kilkenny’s leading Department store.

In 2004 Goods underwent a major refurbishment and refocusing program which saw the whole store being refitted and modernised as well as the addition of some top national and International brands. The store now focuses on fashion, lingerie, cosmetics, footwear and accessories for stylish women of all ages.

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