Kilkenny Tours

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Kilkenny - so much to tour and explore within walking distance

Castle Curiosities

Medieval Magic in Kilkenny

KILKENNY’S SHENANIGAN’S WALKING TOUR ACHIEVES PRESTIGIOUS TRIPADVISOR AWARD

A Guide to Holidaying in Kilkenny with Teenagers

More to Explore in Kilkenny this Summer with a 3 Day Family Itinerary

Awesome Things to do in Kilkenny this Summer

Explore Kilkenny with a Tour Guide this Summer

Top Family Experiences in Kilkenny this Summer #moretoexplore

Top Adventure Activities in Kilkenny

Trail Kilkenny - Food and Craft Experience Trail

Honouring the past

Romantic Rendezvous

Kilkenny - so much to tour and explore within walking distance

Castle Curiosities

Medieval Magic in Kilkenny

KILKENNY’S SHENANIGAN’S WALKING TOUR ACHIEVES PRESTIGIOUS TRIPADVISOR AWARD

A Guide to Holidaying in Kilkenny with Teenagers

More to Explore in Kilkenny this Summer with a 3 Day Family Itinerary

Awesome Things to do in Kilkenny this Summer

Explore Kilkenny with a Tour Guide this Summer

Top Family Experiences in Kilkenny this Summer #moretoexplore

Top Adventure Activities in Kilkenny

Trail Kilkenny - Food and Craft Experience Trail

Honouring the past

Romantic Rendezvous

Kilkenny - so much to tour and explore within walking distance

Castle Curiosities

Medieval Magic in Kilkenny

Kilkenny Foodie Tours

KilkennyFoodie tour

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.

QUICK DETAILS

For the itinerary or to book click here.

 

BoatTrips.ie

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

TOUR MEETING POINT

The Water Trough
KBC Bank
The Parade,
Kilkenny
R95 Y672

Hurling Tours Ireland

Kilkenny City; Kavanagh's Bar, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny.

Tel: 087 970795

info@hurlingtoursireland.ie

https://www.hurlingtoursireland.ie/

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.

Locations:

Kilkenny City; Kavanagh's Bar, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny

 

Kilkenny Famine Experience

MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Hebron Road, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7777600

info@macdonaghjunction.com

https://kilkennyfamineexperience.com/

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.

Royal Oak Distillery

Royal Oak Distillery

Royal Oak Distillery, Clorusk Lower, Royaloak, Co. Carlow

Tel: 059 9186653

booking@royaloakdistillery.com

https://royaloakdistillery.com/

The Royal Oak Distillery is a world class distillery producing hand crafted Irish whiskey, proudly located on an 18th century estate in Ireland's Ancient East region. Visitors can experience a revival of historic tradition as well as forging ahead with innovation in a fully guided, multi-sensory tour of one of Ireland's largest operational whiskey distilleries: see first-hand how all three styles of Irish whiskey - pot still, malt and grain - are created! The Royal Oak Distillery is unique in being the first to distil all 3 types of whiskey under one roof.

Pick from our great range of tasting experiences at our historic Royal Oak Estate, taking in Holloden House (1755) and the beautiful scenery that makes Royal Oak the perfect place to relax while learning about their great crafted whiskeys.

 

Choose from 3 tour options:

Royal Oak Journey – €15 – this will include one tasting of a premium whiskey 

Single Malt Experience – €25 – this will include 3 tasting of premium Single Malts each matured in different barrel selections to allow a better understanding of the barrel and influence on whiskey

Connoisseurs Choice - €40 - this will include 3 tastings of select limited edition whiskies from cask finish & cask strength varieties.

 

Shenanigans The Kilkenny City Walk

 

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.

Pat Tynan Kilkenny Walking Tours

Tynan Walking Tours Kilkenny

 

When you visit Medieval Kilkenny your Kilkenny experience should be with a local qualified, experienced and knowledgeable guide and historian and Pat Tynan’s Medieval Walking Tour will give that real Kilkenny experience in a city that has become a Medieval Wonderland!!

Daily Kilkenny Medieval Mile Walking Tours, Private Walking Tours can be arranged at a time to suit clients and group Medieval Walking Tours all year.

                                       All Walking Tours to be pre booked. Bookings can be made on www.                                                       kilkennywalkingtours.ie or e-mail Pat at pat@kilkennywalkingtours.ie 

                                       Monday to Sat 11am and 2pm.  Sunday tours book in advance. 

Rothe House & Garden

 

A visit to Rothe House is high on the list of things to do in the Marble City. 

Rothe House is a unique Tudor merchant’s townhouse, built between 1594 and 1610. The property comprises three houses, three enclosed courtyards and a large garden to the rear. The property is a lot bigger than it looks from the street! To accommodate his growing family, on this long, narrow plot John Rothe Fitzpiers built three houses, one behind the other, with cobbled courtyards in between. To the rear is a half-acre garden that runs all the way back to the City Wall. 

The property is now owned by Kilkenny Archaeological Society and is home to their large collection of artefacts relating to Kilkenny city and county. The garden has been painstakingly reconstructed to reflect the Rothe Family garden and is planted with heritage varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit; there are even resident ducks!

The house is open to the public and visitors will have the opportunity to make their way through the houses, courtyards and gardens on a self-guided tour. Full guided tours can also be arranged for groups by contacting reception@rothehouse.com.

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday to Sunday
11am to 6pm

*Last entry at 5.15pm

Kilkenny Road Train Tours

Outside Kilkenny Castle Park, The Parade, Kilkenny

Tel: 087 6778832

info@kilkennyroadtraintours.com

www.kilkennyroadtraintours.com

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

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.

Go with the Flow River Adventures

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.