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Kilkenny Brings on The Romance This Valentine’s Day (within 5km!)

Walking In Kilkenny

This Valentines will certainly be different, so it’s time for us to think outside the box for how to treat the person we love when all shops, restaurants and entertainment is shut. While flowers and chocolates still remain high on gift shoppers lists, consumers are looking for new ways to celebrate this day. We know we can’t travel far too, but within 5km in Kilkenny there are lots of ways to show your loved one how much you care. Here are some romantic suggestions from Kilkenny Tourism:

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Valentines Hamper from La Rivista

One of Kilkenny’s best loved Italian restaurants is now operating a gourmet pop-up market every weekend. Here you can pick up one of their delicious hampers and treat your loved ones to some of their most popular pasta’s, sauces, home-made dressings and lots of other goodies.  The hampers can also be pre-ordered. Valentine Hampers range from €25 – €40. Here is a sample of these fab hampers

Valentine Delight Hamper €25.00 

Moth to a Flame Candle

La Rivista Preserve 

Luxury Chocolate Truffles

Valentine Candies & Jellies 

Valentines Chocolate Treats 


Gourmet Taste of La Rivista Hamper €45.00

Moth to a Flame Candle

Bottle of Corte Delle Calli Prosecco 

La Rivista Preserve 

Luxury Chocolate Truffles

Valentine Candies & Jellies 

Valentines Chocolate Treats 

La Rivista Chocolate Drops 

Visit: www.larivista.ie

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Langtons Take Out Afternoon Tea

Who doesn’t love Afternoon Tea? There is something special about the range of choice and indulging between lunch and dinner, that makes this the ultimate treat. Langtons Take Away offer a variety of Afternoon Tea for either take-out or delivery. Choose from the traditional, to something special for the little ones in their ‘Kid’s Afternoon Tea’; or if you want to impress the man in your life, ‘The Gentleman’s Tea’ is the way to his heart this Valentine’s Day!!


Visit: www.langtonstakeaway.com

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Hike on Brandon Hill

This Valentines Day, take in some panoramic views with that someone special with a hike on Brandon Hill. The hill is Kilkenny’s highest point and takes in the surrounds of the magnificent countryside of both Graiguenamanagh and Inistioge.  At 5.3km this is less challenging than other hikes, but remember to bring a camera to capture those landscapes and views!

Visit: www.trailkilkenny.ie

Let all that you do be done in Love

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Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel; Hoban at Home

How does a full Sunday lunch been brought to your table sound, (without any of the prep)? The Ormonde Hotel’s renowned restaurant, The Hoban is now serving delicious Sunday Roast Lunch and a range of take-away dishes, all using the finest of local produce. Open 7 days a week, simply call and collect and you could have a delicious, hassle free meal served to your loved one this Valentines.

Visit: www.kilkennyormonde.com

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Cycle Graiguenamanagh

If a bicycle made for two sounds like something that appeals, well why not hire a bike (or two!) at Graiguenamanagh and explore the river towpath and discover wildlife, scenery and peace, hidden away along a traffic free greenway. Couples can cycle down to St. Mullins or be a bit more adventurous and take the back roads to Inistioge, where they can wander the fantastic arboretum at Woodstock Gardens.

Visit: www.outdoorkilkenny.ie

Some loves last a lifetime, true loves last forever

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Romantic Stroll in Woodstock Gardens

The simplicity of a stroll in the springtime hand in hand with your loved one can be the perfect Valentines escape! The stunning Woodstock Gardens are located in the southeast of Kilkenny just outside the picturesque village of Inistioge. The gardens, overlooking the River Nore Valley, offer visitors a wide variety of attractions and are a relaxing and beautiful environment in which to spend a day! There are plenty of picnic tables around the gardens too!

Visit: www.woodstock.ie

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Jewellery Gifts to Spoil

Kilkenny is home to some of the finest Jewellers in the country. Bring some sparkle into your loved one’s life this Valentines and shop Kilkenny jewellery online from the comfort of your home! From keepsake pieces to a diamond engagement ring that demonstrates your devotion to your loved one, Kilkenny is the ideal city in which to explore the diverse types of jewellery available.  So, whether you’re choosing your own piece of jewellery or seeking inspiration for the perfect ring for your loved one.


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Sizzling Steaks from The Butcher

Indulge in a special supper with your loved one this Valentine’s Day and pick up a couple of delicious steaks at The Butcher Kilkenny. Open for meat sales Monday to Saturday from 10am – 4pm, these finest quality steaks are sure to impress when they are served sizzling on Valentines night! Add some bubbles and chocolates and you’re all set for a romantic evening in the comfort of your own home.

To order contact Tel. 056-7790655

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Movie Night; Circle of Friends

Curl up on the sofa to one of the 1990’s classic romance movies, Circles of Friends! Here you’ll get glimpses in Irish life and culture as well as fantastic views of Inistioge, Kilkenny and Thomastown where the movie was filmed.

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Cakes & Coffees from Face2

Sometimes, less is more. With Valentines falling on Sunday this year, tell your loved one to stay in bed and pick up a treat of some filter coffee; brownies, seedy peanut and monkey bars or brunch from Face2 and show them how much you appreciate them! Face2 offer a take-away from 10am daily.   

Visit: www.cakeface.ie

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone

― Thomas Merton