Thomastown

Thomastown

There is so much to do in Thomastown. Visit Jerpoint Park, Jerpoint Abbey, Kilfane Waterfall and Glen and Grennan Castle or Goatsbridge Trout Farm.

Visit Karen Morgan’s contemporary pottery shop and discover her elegant pieces which are individually hand thrown. You can’t leave Thomastown without paying a visit to Jerpoint Glass to learn about the craft of glass blowing. Drop by the 5-star Mount Juliet Estate for a well-deserved rest and refuel.

To top it all off, Fred Malzards famous Irish pub is just a short drive away.

Thomastown is an 18-minute drive from Kilkenny.

Thomastown Inspiration

Close to nature

4 Destinations That Are So Kilkenny

Kilkenny Craft Delights

Night Time Vibrance

5 Ways To Unwind in Kilkenny

Close to nature

4 Destinations That Are So Kilkenny

Kilkenny Craft Delights

Night Time Vibrance

5 Ways To Unwind in Kilkenny

Close to nature

4 Destinations That Are So Kilkenny

Kilkenny Craft Delights

Night Time Vibrance

5 Ways To Unwind in Kilkenny

Butterfly Valley Glamping

Grennan Farmhouse, Grennan, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Tel: 086 8610116

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www.butterflyvalleyglamping.ie

Butterfly Valley Glamping is a unique luxury camping experience located in an area known locally as the ‘Happy Valley’ of Thomastown. Located about two kilometres from Thomastown in the heart of beautiful Kilkenny countryside, the glampsite overlooks the woods and the river Nore.

This intimate site offers luxury bell tents and wooden pods with comfy beds, that will convince even the most reluctant camper of the benefits of enjoying the outdoors. A converted wooden lodge accommodates a fully equipped kitchen/dining/chill out area where tea/coffee and board games are available. Also in the lodge are our luxury bathroom facilities. An outdoor BBQ and play area allow you to reconnect with the outdoors. At night a campfire area allows stargazing and toasting marshmallows while sipping a cold beer while the sun goes down.

They are located within easy access of Thomastown in a secure, secluded site and is also centrally located to explore the Sunny Southeast.

Bassetts Restaurant

Marsh's Street, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, R95 EH33

Tel: (056) 772 4916

www.facebook.com/BassettsThomastown

Bassett's Restaurant, a charming old building with a beautiful stone-walled garden for you to wander, brings top quality food to Thomastown, the lively market village along a stretch of the River Nore. Visit this excellent restaurant to taste the best quality food and fine wine available. Whether you are looking for a pizza from our wood fired oven, an amazing steak from our dry-ager, a home made beefburger from the Big Green Egg or any of the other great dishes on the menu don't forget to give this great Kilkenny restaurant a call to book your table today.  

Goatsbridge Trout Farm

At Goatsbridge Fish Farm, trout is their passion. Their knowledge and experience farming rainbow trout has been passed down through three generations. Each catch comes daily from the crystal clear waters of The Little Arrigle River, giving their trout unique taste and texture. They love trout, and they know if you give it a try you will too! Goatsbridge Trout is available from their online shop, all major supermarkets in Ireland as well as specialist shops, or directly from their farm gate. Visitors are welcome to look around their trout farm at any time during opening hours. Come and see Goatsbridge visitor center and shop, where you can sample and buy our products. The center is located beside the trout ponds, and you can organise single or group tours around the farm where you will learn all about Goatsbridge Trout Farm, it’s herritage and business history.

Joan & Bob’s Juicy Jams

Cloghscregg, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 085 7320585

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joanandbobsjuicyjams.com

Joan & Bob’s Juicy Jams is a range of handmade preserves. Bob and Joan are a husband and wife team who have a combined passion for preserving, skills they learned from our mothers, who turned all the wild fruits, apples and berries grown on the family farms into the most memorable and delicious jams. At home in their kitchen in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland, they create and make all of their own unique recipes and flavour combinations. Alongside the creative process, they also complete the journey of the product; all the potting up, labelling, marketing and deliveries are done by themselves. They hand-tie colour coded ribbons on all their products and all the labels feature their own pen drawings and designs and recipe sugestions to recreate that nostalgic homemade look for your larder. They grow and harvest a lot of their own fruit and collect and freeze all the wild berries used in the jams. They sell their preserves to select Artisan food stores, craft butchers, health food shops and cafes, where they carry out regular tastings of their products.

The Truffle Fairy

Chapel Ln, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 087 2862634

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trufflefairy.ie

The Truffle Fairy was set up in 2005 by award winning chef Mary Teehan. After years of cooking and travel experience Mary brings a uniquely fresh approach to chocolate truffle making. Drawing on her experience and love of natural fresh ingredients, The Truffle Fairy stays true to taste and quality. Truffle Fairy hand makes high quality chocolate truffles, fudge, bars, chocolate eggs and cakes. Carefully chosen fine flavour couverture is paired with fresh spices and quality liquors to create some wonderfully unique and tasty chocolates. We only use the highest quality, locally sourced and organic ingredients when available to make our products.

Hidden Trails Walking Tours

Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 086 0233533

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hiddentrails.ie

Hidden trails is based in the historic and picturesque town of Graiguenamanagh, nestled in the beautiful Barrow Valley. From the calm and tranquil walkways along the river barrow, to the stunning heights of Mount Leinster and the rolling walks around Brandon Hill. If you are looking to get away from it all , even for just a few hours, a visit here is a must. We offer a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities, taking in the scenery and sharing a few stories along the way. There is so much history and beauty here just waiting to be discovered. We also offer cycle tours or just hire a bike yourself and head off, or you might like to try out a bit of canoeing / kayaking on the river with its locks and rapids a plenty.

Thomastown School of Food

The Kilkenny School of Food, Thomastown is a unique rural development initiative, funded through LEADER, with support from Kilkenny County Council and others. Its mission is to be a chef training hub in Ireland, to provide the hospitality industry with professionally trained staff. It offers accredited courses in Culinary Skills and professional chef training as well as classes for the amateur. Evening and weekend courses range from ‘Tuscan Pasta and Sauces’ to ‘Raw Foods’ and includes such topics as Indian Spices and Japanese cooking. Groups can be catered for – hen parties, company days out, team bonding.

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall

3.2km north of Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7727105

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kilfane.com

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall is a pristine example of a romantic era garden dating from the 1790s. Untouched for 200 years, it is a picturesque paradise with a waterfall tumbling its way to a rushing stream and woodland paths leading to a cottage orné. Tiny bridges sit among ancient trees, wild fox-gloves, ferns and other historically correct 18th century planting. The garden is listed as an Irish Heritage garden and was awarded assistance in 1993 by the European Union Cultural Commission. As an amenity it covers about 15 acres of easily accessible natural landscape. Other nearby gardens of historic significance are Altamount, Haywood (Luyteens), Mount Juliet, Woodstock and Ballymaloe Kitchen Gardens.

Jerpoint Park

Jerpoint, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 086 6061449

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jerpointpark.com

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.

Mount Juliet Estate Hotel

5 Star Kilkenny Hotel - Mount Juliet Estate
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. Mount Juliet Estate offers a range of activities for you to experience during your stay. Choose from falconry, archery, golf, equestrian and fishing. For families you can choose from  Little Rascals kids club aged 5 to 12 years of age with activities including Equestrian, Golf, Falconry, Archery, Movies, Playground and much more. The Jinks Club is available for children aged 12 + to make sure all ages are kept entertained. Book your stay today Mount Juliet Estate

Hawkeye Falconry Ireland

Private Falconry Experience

Your Private Falconry Experience will begin with an introduction to the Hawk you are about to fly.

Our falconer will brief you on a 5000 year history of the ancient art of falconry.

You will set off on a walk as your hawk follows you, watching your every move.

Your falconer will teach you how to recall the hawk from the tree tops to your gloved hand and send him back to the trees again.

During the walk, your falconer will work with you to ensure you get some amazing photo and video opportunities as you call the hawk several times to your gloved hand.

To finish up your falconry experience you will be introduced to one or possibly two of our owls.

As you fly the owl, your falconer will teach you about the species and their habitat.

The owls are super cute, very photogenic and they do love an owl selfie!

Duration 60 minutes

1 person €80

2 people €60 each

3 people €50 each

4 to 10 people €45 each

all prices include vat.

Extend your Falconry Experience to 90 minutes for €25 per person

Extended experiences will involve simulated hunting, weather dependent.

Suitable footwear and long sleeved tops are advisable.

Children must be over 7 years of age to participate.

For Corporate events, large groups over 10 people or Wedding entertainment information email [email protected]


 

Oldtown Farmhouse

Oldtown, Stoneyford, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny.

Tel: 056 7728224

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http://www.oldtownfarmhouse.com/

Oldtown Farmhouse is a spacious and friendly Kilkenny Bed and Breakfast based on a family run farm, situated on an elevated site with scenic views of the surrounding countryside. Oldtown Farmhouse B&B is home to an award winning and world renowned propagation nursery and 2000-year-old Ring Fort, where guests can receive a complimentary guided tour. Nearby attractions and adventure activities are just a stone's throw away with Mount Juliet Hotel and Golf Club just 1km away and Kell's Priory, Jerpoint Abbey, Jerpoint Glass and Kiltorcan Raceway Karting just 5 minutes away.