Kilkenny is offering a host of outdoor activities and adventure get-aways for when we can travel again. From zip-lining, paddle-boarding to adventure and fairy trails, there are so many opportunities for the family to get outdoors and have an action-packed escape. Here Outdoor Kilkenny has a round-up of some of the best places to stay – and play.
Family Adventure – The Newpark Hotel
This year whisk the family off to a hotel resting on 40 acres of lush green parkland jam-packed filled with activities for kids of all ages. The 4 star Newpark Hotel is a family run business and takes great pride in providing the perfect destination for family getaways. The luxury 4-star hotel was awarded Georgina Campbell Guide’s Family Friendly Hotel of the year 2020.
Summer Family Fun: Two Night Summer stay from €478.
Take advantage of the warmer weather and escape from July for a 2, 3 or even 4 Night Summer Sizzler at the Newpark!
This package includes bed and breakfast with dinner on 1 evening for 2 adults and 2 children. Adults can dine in one of the Restaurant’s on one night (two nights with the four-night package)
Children’s dinner is high tea served in the kid’s club (Kids aged 4-12 years)
Children may also join in all the fun at our Newpark Summer Camp which runs daily from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm with lunch included and all the on-site activities from the adventure playground to mini wildlife farm complete with alpacas, llamas, pigs, rabbits, chickens, geese, goats, donkeys and Highland cows and fairy trail are all complimentary.
The hotel’s adventure fen trail includes a bird feeding area, wildlife information boards and a 2km pathway which makes for a perfect walking trail all year round. For the more adventurous, the treetop zipline or go karting are perfect for the adrenaline junkies, and for the little ones the fairy trail or mini wildlife farm will have them captivated!
Couples/Group Getaways – Kilford Arms: Prices from €65 for overnight plus dinner and two nights B&B from €155.
This Summer why not plan a day of exploring Kilkenny with your friends on foot, with a little water adventure thrown in to end your day!! The Kilford Arms Hotel is situated in the heart of Kilkenny City centre, adjacent to all the major tourist attractions and just meters from the main bus and railway station. It’s the ideal place to base yourself and a group of friends or a loved one for a great day outdoors.
The hotel offers delicious take-out picnics so you and your guests don’t even have to worry about lunch as you set off discovering the medieval charm of Kilkenny city and all its magnificent sites. After lunch, nurture your nautical side with a visit to Pure Adventure Kayaking in Graiguenamanagh. Here you can ride the rapids, or take a guided tour along the river surrounded by the beautiful scenery of this picturesque small town. Pure Adventure also provides kayaking, canoeing and paddle boating. Visit: www.pureadventrue.ie
Hotel Avalon & Castlecomer Discovery Park: Prices per room from €89
For the ultimate outdoor escape, the four-star boutique Hotel Avalon has teamed up with Castlecomer Discovery Park to offer guests 20% off any activity at the Park! This summer is the ideal time to treat your family to a breakaway that promises a high-octane adventure!
The Castlecomer Discovery Park is an 80-acre adventure activity park with stunning woodland and lakes, adventure activities including tree top walks, Ireland’s longest zip wire and high ropes challenge, climbing walls, boating, archery. There is something for all ages!
Commenting on the outdoor offers in Kilkenny, Ciaran Conroy from Visit Kilkenny said; “As a nation, we’re becoming more aware of the value found in getting back to nature, moving the body and having a break from screens. Whether on land or river, there are so many opportunities in Kilkenny for families to experience new outdoor skills, enhance wellbeing and more importantly have fun when we can travel again.”
To plan your Kilkenny Adventure for when it is safe to travel Visit www.outdoorkilkenny.ie
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