Family Friendly places to stay in Kilkenny

Kilkenny is a family friendly heaven - whether it's a one night break away from the hum drum of daily life or a mid-term holiday adventure, there are plenty of hotels and self-catering options to suit your budget and needs.

The Newpark Hotel

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.

With 40 acres of lush, green parkland, the estate is full of activities and amenities to keep children of all ages entertained including a wildlife farm featuring rabbits, peacocks, emus, alpacas, llamas, ponies, donkeys and much more; a 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!

The Ormonde Hotel

The Ormonde Hotel is located in the heart of Kilkenny City and it boasts a leisure centre and pool that all the family will enjoy.

Offering spacious family rooms and a kiddies club, the stunning Kilkenny Castle and Castle Park with its wonderful playground is just minutes walk away. An ideal location to explore the City but if by chance the sun doesn’t shine, there’s plenty of indoor entertainment for kiddies in the play zone, bowling, walk-in art studio, and best of all the cinema is just around the corner from the hotel.

Mount Juliet Estate Hotel

Mount Juliet Estate is just a 20 minute drive from Kilkenny City and close to many local attractions such as Jerpoint Park, Jerpoint Abbey, Jerpoint Glass and Goatsbridge Trout Farm.

This is truly experiencing life ‘To the manor born’. This  Georgian mansion overlooking the River Nore is surrounded by stunning woodlands and offers a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, spa treatments, fishing and equestrian options.  There are many options available to families in this remarkable 4-star hotel with a Little Rascals club (ages 5 to 12 years of age) and a Jinks Club (12+) offering activities such as equestrian, golf, falconry, archery, watching movies, playing at the playground and much much more.

The Lady Helen restaurant has successfully retained its coveted Michelin star for a number of years and is a culinary delight not to be missed by gastronomes.

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Mount Juliet Estate Hotel

Newpark Hotel

Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

Hotel Kilkenny

Lyrath Estate Hotel

Springhill Court Hotel

Kilkenny River Court Hotel

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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.

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.  

Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

Ormonde Street, Kilkenny

056 7750200

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The four star Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel is certainly a dazzling jewel in the 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. Experience a family trip to remember with Kilkenny's many Medieval landmarks on your doorstep and a dedicated Kids Club awaiting to be discovered. The Kilkenny Ormonde hotel provides a luxurious and relaxing stay surrounded by numerous facilities and services designed to cater to your every need.

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.

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.

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.

Kilkenny River Court Hotel

The Bridge, John Street, Kilkenny City. R95 Y104

056 7723388

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The Kilkenny River Court Hotel is a gorgeous 4 star hotel located right in the heart of our 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. Each of our 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. We also offer FREE Wi-Fi throughout this Kilkenny Hotel and complimentary car parking for our 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.  Guests also have the option of dining outdoors in the summer. 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!