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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.

Lyrath Estate

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

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

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.


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Springhill Court Hotel

Lyrath Estate Hotel

Mount Juliet Estate Hotel

Hotel Kilkenny

Newpark Hotel

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Family Friendly places to stay in Kilkenny

Springhill Court Hotel

Waterford Road, Kilkenny City

056 7721122

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A Kilkenny landmark for over 40 years,  the Springhill Court Hotel is now fresh and vibrant following a two year renovation.  The newly refurbished Hotel is close to the centre of the Historic City of Kilkenny, popular for its culture, cuisine, and unbeatable night life.  The Hotel comprises of 85 ensuite bedrooms, superb Leisure Club with Gym, 19m Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi, Spa and Hair Salon. 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.  Enjoy some great food and friendly hospitality in Oscar’s Bistro, Kupp Coffee Dock and the very popular Paddock Bar.

Lyrath Estate Hotel

Paulstown Road, Kilkenny

056 7760088

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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.  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.

Mount Juliet Estate Hotel

Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

056 7773000

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Mount Juliet Estate offers elegant and luxurious Kilkenny hotel accommodation steeped in history and heritage, magnificent gardens, a world renowned golf course and fine dining which has been awarded 1 Michelin Star and 3 AA Rosettes. Unfold the beauty that lies behind 1,500 acres of picturesque woodland, choose between the luxurious and generously proportioned Manor House, the tranquil and elegant Hunters Yard or for those who prefer self-catering options, indulge in the old warm charm of the Rose Garden or Chauffeurs Lodges.

Hotel Kilkenny

College Road, Kilkenny

056 776 2000

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The modern, chic hotel is Kilkenny’s largest 4* hotel and is decorated with Italian marble, French wallpaper and custom pieces of furniture throughout. Hotel Kilkenny will ensure you feel immersed in style and ready to relax. This 138 bedroom hotel is located just off the Ring Road with plenty of free car parking available & fast speed wifi throughout the hotel. Relax in the 5* Leisure Centre with 20 metre pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room. Our amazing kids club is available on weekends and throughout school holidays so the kids can enjoy fun filled activities, while adults dine in either Taste Restaurant or our funky Pure Bar. The Pure Bar at Hotel Kilkenny offers an extensive drinks, wine and cocktail list including some specialist drinks carefully assembled by the Pure team, the food menu has been crafted to offer a great variety of dishes to suit all needs. Renowned for weddings & the impeccable service, Hotel Kilkenny also offers a vast range of conference and meeting space.  Whether its a private party, large conference or small meeting room, we cater for all events. Base yourself in Hotel Kilkenny and explore the wonderful medieval city that is part of Irelands Ancient East.

Newpark Hotel

Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny

056 7760500

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The 4 star Newpark Hotel rests on the edge of medieval Kilkenny City, a cultural gem of festivals and historical sites. On over 40 acres of parkland, offering luxurious accommodation, a Health Club & Spa and fun filled kids’ activities, this family-friendly hotel is the ideal base for exploring Kilkenny. Your hosts, the Flynn family have a renowned reputation for a warm welcome and true hospitality, creating a relaxed atmosphere and outstanding experience for all guests. This family friendly Kilkenny hotel offers an array of unique facilities including stylish and elegant décor, a relaxing Spa and Health club with an outdoor infinity pool and fun filled activities for the kids. With elegant banqueting suites, suitable for a large or intimate Kilkenny wedding and spacious conference facilities, our dedicated team will ensure all your needs are met whether you are here for business or pleasure.