Summer Family Escapes
Kilkenny has a host of treats on offer and not all of the chocolate variety. To keep kids active there are camps for tennis, swimming and multi activities. Kilkenny is full of myths and legends, so why not take time to explore the interactive Medieval Mile Museum, go deep into Dunmore caves, fish for your supper, dare to zipline in Castlecomer or visit the charming Nore Valley Farm. Take a leisurely trek with a horse ride through Mount Juliet Estate or play splat-ball at Kilkenny Activity Centre. Kilkenny is a magical wonderland with outdoor adventures, miles of carefree trails to run and camps and activities to suit all so start making your memories today.
Springhill Court Hotel
The Springhill Court Hotel features dedicated family rooms with a bath and extra camp bed or cots upon request at no additional cost. Children can avail of specialty kids’ menus, a playground with slides and swings, the hotel’s large swimming pool and kiddies pool, and Lenny the Lion School Holiday Club, with games, arts and crafts, movies and more.
Reilly’s Fun Club at Lyrath Estate offers a full programme of activities during school holidays such as Reilly’s Cookery School, slime factory and nature trails, supervised by experienced kids’ entertainers. Younger guests can enjoy the playground complete with slide, swings and zipline. If you love the outdoors, why not try your hand at archery or falconry, both available on the Estate. A swimming pool and children’s splash pool, playground, resort bikes, walking trail and private cinema are just a few of the fantastic amenities that cater to families.
Mount Juliet Hotel makes parents’ lives a lot easier and is the ideal base for your family break, with their Little Rascals supervised Juniors club for aged 5 – 12 years. The Jinks Club for teenagers aged 12 plus gives kids the chance to experience some of the unique experiences Mount Juliet has to offer. Mid-term activities include archery, golf, falconry, swimming, equestrian, outdoor games and evening activities such as karaoke and movies.
Hotel Kilkenny, situated 10 minutes walk from Kilkenny city centre features large, stylish ‘superior’ rooms which are ideal for a family getaway. Their year-round kiddies club is guaranteed to keep the kids entertained during your stay, with arts and crafts, swimming fun, games and obstacle courses, talent shows and music all at the hands of staff who are qualified in early years education and childcare.
The Newpark Hotel
Resting on 40 acres of lush, green parkland, the Newpark Hotel is full of activities and amenities to keep children of all ages entertained. Visit the wildlife farm featuring rabbits, peacocks, emus, alpacas, llamas, ponies, donkeys and much more; check out the dedicated go-karting track; the Crazy Cats Kids Club; adventure playground with zip line; the magical Newpark Fairy Trail; and themed events at special times of the year like Easter, Halloween and Christmas; as well as dedicated family rooms for little ones to rest up after all the fun they’ve had!
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Family Fun in Kilkenny
Ideal family outings
Jerpoint Park Heritage Site which is the Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint a deserted medieval town dating back to 1200 AD. You can take part in guided Heritage Tours of Jerpoint Park where you will learn about the importance of once thriving town Newtown Jerpoint, and watch sheep dog demonstrations.
Kilkenny Castle is a must see when you visit Kilkenny. The castle has been in existence for over eight centuries and stands over the River Nore. There have been many additions and alterations to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles. Take a guided tour of the castle and learn about its rich heritage.
Take time out and stroll around Nore Valley Open Farm, allow the children to play in the interactive and relaxing setting. Bottle feed lambs or goats and feed ducks and turkeys as well as learn about the Irish heritage of farming. Relax with a cup of tea and home baked scones or biscuits. Even in wet weather there is still plenty of fun to be had, with indoor facilities to amuse the entire family. You can stay as long as you like – a few hours or the whole day.
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 computerised scoring systems while relaxing on leather sofas enjoying a selection of refreshments. Always popular is the KZone area with pool, air hockey and more.
Dunmore Caves -History and geology blend at Dunmore Cave to give an interesting and unique situation. You will get to enter Dunmore Cave and feel the temperature drop as go. Here you will learn all about history and stories of the chambers that were formed over millions of years.
Castlecomer Discovery Park is set in the former grounds of the Wandesforde Estate, which comprises 80 acres of stunning natural woodland and lakes. This park offers a range of recreational, cultural and educational amenities and activities for all the family. Activities include tree top walk, zip lining, canoeing, walking trails and elf & fairy village. You are sure to have hours of family entertainment.
The National Reptile Zoo has over 150 animals and 50 different species on display. You will get the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with animals that you would normally only see on an Attenborough series. The National Reptile Zoo includes a children’s soft play area, snack bar, indoor picnic area, tropical walk through the enclosure and reptile handling zone.