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Savour Kilkenny

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5 ‘Must Eat’ Foods when Visiting Kilkenny

The Ultimate Summer Kilkenny Picnic Guide

Beautiful film village of Inistioge

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall, Homestead of the Mosse family

Family Friendly places to stay in Kilkenny

Kilkenny - so much to tour and explore within walking distance

The Kilkenny Arts Festival

Hospitality - a warm welcome awaits in Kilkenny

Dig a Little Deeper and look beyond to discover hidden gems

A Magical Woodland Christmas

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Taking to the High Ropes at Castlecomer

Outdoor Experiences in Kilkenny

Malzards Pub & Hurling Experience

6 Brilliant Free Things To Do in Kilkenny

Walking through the woods bennettsbridge

These Boots Were Made for Walkin': Bennettsbridge and the Nore Valley Walk

Castlecomer Craft Yard

Medieval Magic in Kilkenny

Savour Kilkenny

Discover Food Experiences

5 ‘Must Eat’ Foods when Visiting Kilkenny

The Ultimate Summer Kilkenny Picnic Guide

Beautiful film village of Inistioge

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall, Homestead of the Mosse family

Family Friendly places to stay in Kilkenny

Kilkenny - so much to tour and explore within walking distance

The Kilkenny Arts Festival

Hospitality - a warm welcome awaits in Kilkenny

Dig a Little Deeper and look beyond to discover hidden gems

A Magical Woodland Christmas

Self Catering Stays in Kilkenny

Savour Kilkenny

Six Great Things To Do Kilkenny This Autumn

Taking to the High Ropes at Castlecomer

Outdoor Experiences in Kilkenny

Malzards Pub & Hurling Experience

Walking through the woods bennettsbridge

These Boots Were Made for Walkin': Bennettsbridge and the Nore Valley Walk

Medieval Magic in Kilkenny

Savour Kilkenny

Discover Food Experiences

Top things to do in Kilkenny this Halloween

5 ‘Must Eat’ Foods when Visiting Kilkenny

The Ultimate Summer Kilkenny Picnic Guide

Beautiful film village of Inistioge

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall, Homestead of the Mosse family

Family Friendly places to stay in Kilkenny

Kilkenny - so much to tour and explore within walking distance

The Kilkenny Arts Festival

Hospitality - a warm welcome awaits in Kilkenny

Dig a Little Deeper and look beyond to discover hidden gems

A Magical Woodland Christmas

Self Catering Stays in Kilkenny

Savour Kilkenny

Six Great Things To Do Kilkenny This Autumn

Taking to the High Ropes at Castlecomer

Outdoor Experiences in Kilkenny

Malzards Pub & Hurling Experience

6 Brilliant Free Things To Do in Kilkenny

Walking through the woods bennettsbridge

These Boots Were Made for Walkin': Bennettsbridge and the Nore Valley Walk

Castlecomer Craft Yard

Medieval Magic in Kilkenny

Butcher Restaurant

Butcher Restaurant

The Butterslip, Kieran Street, Kilkenny

Tel: 0567790655

info@butcherrestaurant.ie

www.butcherrestaurant.ie

Redefine your Steak-House experience at Butcher Restaurant in the Heart of Kilkenny. Quality contemporary food & Cocktails are served in their relaxed and intimate restaurant. Enjoy the finest cuts in the best company!​

When visiting Butcher Restaurant guests are sitting just nine miles from Summerhill Farm, Thomastown, where they rear their own traditional breeds including purebred Hereford, Galloway and Aberdeen Angus. These cows are born and raised at Summerhill and are grass fed for 10 months of the year. The restaurant host, Mark Williams is a 6th generation beef farmer at Summerhill Farm. Mark has been supplying beef to top restaurants around Ireland since the 1990's which is how he met their Head Chef James Dewberry and was inspired to open this restaurant, Butcher in the heart of this medieval city.

Kilkenny Foodie Tours

Food platter

We offer food tasting and cultural walking tours through Kilkenny’s medieval narrow streets and alleyways. On our tours, you visit local artisan food producers and meet the owners who share their insight on the delicious tastes found in this historic city. Kilkenny was voted Foodie Destination of the Year in 2018 by the Restaurants Association of Ireland. Come experience this renowned food destination for yourself with our fun and informative tours. From world-class produce and exceptional seafood to unbeatable whiskey, there is so much to discover in our local restaurants, eateries, and distilleries. Get to know this foodie’s paradise on our walking food tours! Enjoy the sights along our beautiful streets, taste your way through Kilkenny, and familiarize yourself with its culinary traditions.

Trail Kilkenny

Trails Kilkenny

Trail Kilkenny is an award winning, non-profit company, which has developed a range of walking and cycling routes around County Kilkenny. Whether it’s a quiet stroll by the river or a hike up to the highest peak in Kilkenny to view the breathtaking scenery from the mountaintop, there is a trail to challenge your ability. Kilkenny is renowned for its food and craft culture and these are celebrated on Trail Kilkenny’s Food and Craft Trails. Get outdoors and explore Kilkenny!

Activity Trails
Get outdoors and enjoy the stunning Kilkenny countryside. Scenic walks that are varied; through woodland, over pastoral lands and along country laneways. The Nore Valley Walk taking you along the river valley, rich with flora and fauna and the heritage of Kilkenny’s past. Cycling trails that travel through some of Kilkenny’s most picturesque villages and inspiring scenery. Trail Kilkenny Outdoor Recreation aims to highlight the many experienced outdoor activity providers in County Kilkenny.

Our Themed Trails include the Food and Craft Experience Trail and MADE and Taste Kilkenny

Food and Craft Experience Trail
Kilkenny is known for its food and craft culture and these are celebrated on the Trail Kilkenny Food and Craft Experience Trail! Watch highly skilled, master crafters at work, join a guided tour, get an exciting hands on experience and sample delicious food and drink, as you discover the history and culture with some of Kilkenny’s most renown craft and food providers. Find the perfect gift or treat yourself!

MADE and Taste Kilkenny
For foodies, the TASTE of Kilkenny Food Trail suggests visits to everything from artisan cheesemakers and chocolatiers to cute cafés and the most cosmopolitan of restaurants. The MADE in Kilkenny Craft Trail features designer makers working in willow, glass, ceramics, textiles, paper and stone as well as a candlemaker and jewellers working with precious metals and gems.

Cushendale Woollen Mills

Cushendale Woollen Mills Ltd., Mill Road, Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny Ireland. R95 PP83

Tel: +353 59 9724118

info@cushendale.ie

https://cushendale.ie/

Cushendale Woollen Mills is one of the few remaining Irish woollen mills continuing to create quality authentic textiles from the fleece of Irish sheep. Set on the millrace of the River Duiske, since the 1700s the Cushen family have continued to produce high quality Irish-made textile products at our mill in Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny. We are known for our unique colours and craftsmanship which enables us to produce a broad range of home furnishings, fashion accessories and knitting yarns in Irish Wool, Mohair and Lambswool. Opening Hours Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 17:30 (closed 12:30 – 13:30) Saturday: 10:00 – 13:00 Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00 (December only)

Butterfly Valley Glamping

Grennan Farmhouse, Grennan, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Tel: 086 8610116

info@butterflyvalleyglamping.ie

www.butterflyvalleyglamping.ie

Butterfly Valley Glamping is a unique luxury camping experience located in an area known locally as the ‘Happy Valley’ of Thomastown. Located about two kilometres from Thomastown in the heart of beautiful Kilkenny countryside, the glampsite overlooks the woods and the river Nore.

This intimate site offers luxury bell tents and wooden pods with comfy beds, that will convince even the most reluctant camper of the benefits of enjoying the outdoors. A converted wooden lodge accommodates a fully equipped kitchen/dining/chill out area where tea/coffee and board games are available. Also in the lodge are our luxury bathroom facilities. An outdoor BBQ and play area allow you to reconnect with the outdoors. At night a campfire area allows stargazing and toasting marshmallows while sipping a cold beer while the sun goes down.

They are located within easy access of Thomastown in a secure, secluded site and is also centrally located to explore the Sunny Southeast.

Kilkenny Inn Hotel

Budget Boutique Kilkenny Hotel Located in the heart of this medieval City

This budget boutique Kilkenny hotel is located under the shadows of St. Canice’s Cathedral on the Medieval Mile and offers guests excellent value for money. The Kilkenny Inn is close to all the city's famous attractions including the Smithwicks Experience, Kilkenny Castle. In addition to the myriad of shops in the city centre, the charming pubs, bars and evening entertainment on offer make it ideal for your stay in Kilkenny. The hotel's facilities include ample secure complimentary onsite parking, hotel lift for full accessibility and ensuite rooms featuring all modern guest comforts.

It is perfect for a stay right in the heart of the city, this Kilkenny Hotel has 30 recently refurbished comfortable guest rooms in a contemporary urban style. The bright and tastefully decorated rooms are designed to meet all the requirements of our guests, business and leisure alike. Kilkenny Inn is renowned for warm hospitality, a peaceful location, relaxed atmosphere not to mention it's great service. Casual all day dining options and evening drinks are available here at Kernel Bar and Kitchen. All guests can also avail of complimentary secure guest parking, conveniently located to the rear of the hotel. The Kilkenny Inn is ideal for a city break, or to enjoy the many festivals of Kilkenny such as the Cat Laughs and Roots Festival. Book your stay today Kilkennyinn.com

 

Kilkenny GAA

Gaelic Games form part of the flavour of Kilkenny, from Nowlan Park in Kilkenny city to each of our 41 clubs , to be found in every parish in the county, from Clooneen in the north to Glenmore in the south.  

Kilkenny GAA promotes all our Gaelic Games

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 Nowlan Park.

Take in a match while you visit Kilkenny.

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.

A full list of club fixtures is to be found here.

Kilkenny Cycling Tours

Kilkenny cycling tours

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.

Kilkenny City Tours

Kilkenny Castle, College Park, Castle Road, Kilkenny, Ireland

Tel: 086 730 1500

kilkennycitytours@gmail.com

https://kilkennycitytours.com/

Kilkenny City Tours' tourist train was established in 2011, as a convenient way for visitors to see all the wonderful sights of Kilkenny city. Since its inception it has since grown to become one of the most sought after things to do in Kilkenny city. Rated as the number 1 Tour it has also been awarded the "Certificate of Excellence" by Tripadvisor.com, which is awarded based on consistently earning great reviews from travellers!

The Kilkenny City Tour is a wonderful way to see all the historical sites and points of interest in Kilkenny city. Departing from Kilkenny Castle you will be taken on a historical and fascinating tour with a full commentary of detailed insights, facts, and folklore of the medieval city.

Book your tickets today https://kilkennycitytours.com/

 

Pembroke Kilkenny Hotel

4 Star Boutique Hotel in the heart of Kilkenny

With spacious rooms and a peaceful charm, this 4 star boutique Kilkenny hotel, is a welcoming place that excels at stylish comfort. The Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny City hotel offers a wide range of rooms all with air-conditioning and the modern conveniences that you expect from a team that puts your comfort first. It is surrounded by Kilkenny’s most famous landmarks including Kilkenny Castle, Butler House and the Kilkenny Design Centre. Additionally, fashionable and funky boutiques are nearby and the hotel is just a walking distance to the city’s pubs and clubs. Consequently it is the ideal location for your getaway.

This Kilkenny Hotel offers 74 quiet, spacious and air conditioned rooms to choose from allowing for a great night's sleep in Kilkenny city centre. Our hotel also has free private parking for all guests and free WiFi throughout; ideal for group holidays, events and corporate meetings. Enjoy a laid back style and hospitality, great selection of wines and cocktails in Statham's Bar and Restaurant. Whether you’re popping in for a coffee and a homemade scone, brunch after a lazy morning, catching up with friends over lunch or a casual evening dining, celebrating a special occasion with a private dinner or party, or just looking for a great night out, Statham’s has just the spot for you.

Book your stay today in this trendy boutique style hotel Pembrokekilkenny.com

Springhill Court Hotel

Springhill Court Hotel, 4* Kilkenny Hotel, Family Friendly, Weddings, City Centre

A Kilkenny landmark for over 40 years, the Springhill Court Hotel is now fresh and vibrant following a two year renovation.  The newly refurbished and family friendly Kilkenny hotel is close to the booming centre of the Historic City of Kilkenny with its world-renowned culture, cuisine, history, shopping, and nightlife. It is located just a stone’s throw away from the city’s most popular tourist attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral and Tower and the Smithwicks Experience. Whether in search of a romantic escape or city break to Kilkenny, the Springhill Court Hotel offers spacious guest rooms and fine dining to suit everyone’s needs.

This Kilkenny Hotel comprises of 85 ensuite bedrooms, superb Leisure Club with Gym, 19m Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi, Spa and Hair Salon. The luxurious and spacious guest rooms offer every facility and comfort at the end of a long day of business or pleasure. Family-friendly rooms for clans of all sizes are available. To help keep the little ones entertained, the Springhill Court Hotel have a Children’s Playground and Lenny the Lions Kids Club which operates during the school holidays.

For over forty years, guests and locals alike have praised the refined dining experiences at the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny. Choose from daily carvery in the Paddock Bar, or casual dining at Kupp Coffee Dock. Enjoy lunch or dinner in Oscar’s Bistro, or perhaps afternoon tea, should guests be feeling indulgent! Whatever the occasion, the excellent service on offer makes it special.

From family holidays to fairy-tale weddings, book your stay today and find out why Springhill Court is amongst the most popular destinations in our stunning city.

Book your stay at www.springhillcourt.com

Lyrath Estate Kilkenny

Lyrath Estate - Manor House - Kilkenny 5 Luxury Hotel

Paulstown Road, Kilkenny, R95 F685

Tel: 056 7760088

sales@lyrath.com

https://www.lyrath.com

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.

Book your stay today in this top class hotel www.lyrath.com

Mount Juliet Hotel & Estate

5 Star Kilkenny Hotel - Mount Juliet Estate

Kilkenny River Court Hotel

Kilkenny River Court Hotel, a Kilkenny Hotel on the banks of the river Nore

The Bridge, John Street, Kilkenny City. R95 Y104

Tel: 056 7723388

sales@rivercourthotel.com

http://www.rivercourthotel.com

The Kilkenny River Court Hotel is a stylish 4 star Kilkenny hotel located right in the heart of this beautiful medieval city. It is located in a quiet secluded courtyard just off the main tourist area, yet only a stroll from all major attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice's Cathedral and Smithwicks Experience. Each of the 102 guest rooms are stylishly decorated with splendid fine furnishings, crisp white linens and soft neutral tones, ensuring a restful night’s sleep every night. Most guest rooms overlook the River Nore with sensational views of Kilkenny Castle. FREE Wi-Fi is offered throughout this Kilkenny Hotel and complimentary car parking for hotel residents and patrons.

Guests can dine at the award winning Riverside Restaurant or Terrace Kitchen both offering stunning views of Kilkenny Castle, exceptional service and delicious food.  The Riverview Bar is comfortable and friendly with an extensive food menu that is served all day, every day! Guests also have the option of dining outdoors in the summer. The Kilkenny River Court Hotel are experts in Weddings, special occasions & family celebrations, conferences and meetings and everything in between! Book your stay in Kilkenny city today. Visit Rivercourthotel.com.

Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny's only city centre hotel with a swimming pool & spa.

The four star Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel is certainly a dazzling jewel in this remarkable medieval city and boasts one of the only Kilkenny city centre hotels with full leisure centre facilities including a 21metre pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Located right beside Kilkenny’s most popular tourist attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower with spectacular views, Rothe House; the intriguing medieval merchant house and the Smithwicks Experience; a brewing tradition that is centuries old. Discover the city’s finest restaurants, cafes, theatres, shops and boutiques just on the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel’s doorstep.

Experience a hotel stay to remember with facilities to suit everyone from romantic spa weekends enjoying luxury treatments in the KOSpa to family breaks with the hotel’s kid club during school holidays. This 4 star Kilkenny Hotel is also the perfect choice for your celebration or corporate event with its tailored banqueting and conference facilities or simply as a hub to explore this fantastic city and its environs.

The Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel has 118 contemporary styled hotel guestrooms including family hotel rooms and suites. The Hoban Bar and Brasserie offers stylish hospitality and serves great drinks and relaxed food in glamorous surroundings and in addition the Savour Restaurant is the perfect spot for breakfast and private dining.  With the numerous facilities and services this 4 star hotel offers it is the perfect choice for a visit to Kilkenny city. Visit KilkennyOrmonde.com and book your stay today!

Art It

Priory House, MacDonagh Junction, Kilkenny

Tel: 086 3085270

artitkilkenny@gmail.com

http://dididobree-wilson.com/

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!

Castlecomer Discovery Park

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.