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 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!
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.
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.
Hurling Tours Ireland
Kilkenny City; Kavanagh's Bar, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny.email@example.com
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
Cushendale Woollen Mills
Cushendale Woollen Mills Ltd., Mill Road, Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny Ireland. R95 PP83info@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.
Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 17:30 (closed 12:30 – 13:30)
Saturday: 10:00 – 13:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00 (December only)
Kilkenny Famine Experience
MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Hebron Road, Kilkennyinfo@macdonaghjunction.com
Royal Oak Distillery
Royal Oak Distillery, Clorusk Lower, Royaloak, Co. Carlowbooking@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
Kilkenny Castle, The Parade, Kilkennynevin.firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Kilkenny Road Train Tours
Outside Kilkenny Castle Park, The Parade, Kilkennyinfo@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
15 John Street, Kilkennykilkennycyclingtours@gmail.com
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, Irelandkilkennycitytours@gmail.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/
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.