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Kilkenny Tourism Welcomes Government’s Acceleration Of Hospitality Re-Opening

Lyrath Estate Hotel

Media Release: 29th April, 2021

Kilkenny Tourism has welcomed the prospect of tourism and hospitality re-opening from early June. Speculation in the media has indicated that outdoor dining will resume early in June and that people can look forward to the re-opening of hotels, B&B’s and Guesthouses from June 2nd.

Kilkenny hotels has a line-up of some outdoor dining experiences and activities that promise alfresco excellence and outdoor adventure for visitors this summer. So, whether you’re in the mood for chic outdoor terraces, palatial pavilions or generous garden spaces, Kilkenny hotels has you covered with this great list: 


Langton House Hotel

Langton House Hotel is an iconic hotel & bar in the medieval City. Renowned for its impeccable customer service, good wholesome cuisine and vibrant atmosphere. The hotel is centrally located on the bustling John Street at the heart of Kilkenny City Centre.  At Langton’s Kilkenny the award-winning main bar is a bustling hub of activity with live traditional Irish Music daily during summer months and the best of local musicians and DJ’s on the weekends. There is a wide choice of outdoor dining options. From dining to sipping on a beer in one of their many mature gardens and outside terraces they have somewhere for everyone to relax and enjoy on their Kilkenny summer staycation!

Visit: www.langtons.ie


Hoban Hotel Kilkenny

The Hoban Hotel’s terrace bar is a vibrant place to meet and socialise safely outdoors. Located within Kilkenny Retail Park, the hotel is just 15 minutes’ walk from the famous marble city. The newly refurbished outdoor terrace area is easily accessible from the 1801 Bar & Restaurant. Enjoy the fresh air, good food, great service and green surroundings. 

Visit: www.hobanhotelkilkenny.com


Butler House & Gardens

If you are in search of something special you have come to the right place!! Butler House and Garden is the charming Dower House of Kilkenny Castle since 1786.  This unique House in Kilkenny brings history, charm, romance and a warm welcome to all who visit.  The superb location of Butler House offers visitors the very best of Kilkenny City. Through the back door, you will find the internationally renowned Butler House Walled Garden. This charming Georgian Garden was restored to its former glory in 1999 and boasts its own private entrance to the Castle yard and Kilkenny Castle. Enjoy a stroll around the gardens followed by a champagne Afternoon Tea on the terrace. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Visit: www.butler.ie


Kilkenny River Court Hotel

Located in a quiet secluded courtyard just off the main tourist area, Kilkenny’s River Court Hotel provides one of the most picturesque backdrops for outdoor dining. With a view of Kilkenny Castle and overlooking the River Nore, the Terrace at the Kilkenny River Court is the perfect place to sit back, unwind and enjoy a glass of prosecco after a day exploring the Medieval City. During the day you’ll have clear blue skies surrounding the Castle but at night the river and terrace are lit up, creating a wonderful magical atmosphere.

Visit: www.rivercourthotel.com


Avalon House Hotel

Idyllically located in the picturesque Kilkenny countryside, just a short drive from Kilkenny City, Avalon House Hotel has recently refurbished its outdoor bar and renamed it ‘Little Jim’s’. With a clean 90’s American diner feel to it, this is the perfect spot to meet up safely and have a drink with friends or family this summer. Make a day of it and enjoy an exhilarating day at Castlecomer Discovery Park. Enjoy a woodland walk or for the more adventurous try Ireland’s longest zip line as you zip over stunning woodland, two lakes and 17th-century hand-restored bridge. End your day with some well-deserved beers and Al Fresco dining at the Avalon House Hotel.

Visit: www.avalonhousehotel.ie


Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

The Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny City Centre is where a relaxed atmosphere, excellent food and a genuine welcome awaits you. The terrace bar is spacious and warm, with an outdoor fire providing the perfect backdrop to an extensive and impressive Cocktail and Drinks List.

Visit: www.kilkennyormonde.com 


Lyrath Estate

The luxurious five-star Lyrath Estate Kilkenny is unlike anywhere else. The grounds are spread across 170 acres of Irish countryside, complete with picturesque lakes, historic gardens, and emerald woodlands. You will be spoilt for choice for outdoor activities, dining and beautiful grounds to explore.

Outdoor Family Activities 

Walking in the Grounds & Picnic

The Estate is home to a host of native wildlife including ducks, rabbits, hares, and squirrels. Not to forget the ancient trees, several of which are protected by a preservation order. The lake, with its fine stone dam and waterfalls, is picture-perfect and a popular picnic spot for guests on a sunny day.

Hawkeye Falconry

Experience falconry, the Ancient Sport of Kings, with Hawkeye Falconry on the Estate. You will have the opportunity to hold and examine these exquisite creatures up close and learn how to beckon the hawk to return to you after it has departed for the trees. An experience all ages will enjoy!

Pavillion BBQ

The BBQ Pavilion at Lyrath Estate has become one of the most sought-after outdoor venues in Kilkenny. The unique venue is perfect for corporate BBQs, and private family celebrations. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors while satisfying your appetite with a mouth-watering barbecue.

Al Fresco Dining on the Terrace

After an action-packed fun-filled day enjoy an ice-cold glass of Sauvignon on the Lyrath Terrace.

Visit: www.lyrath.com


Kilkenny Inn Hotel

Located under the shadows of St. Canice’s Cathedral on the Medieval Mile, the boutique Kilkenny Inn Hotel offers an outdoor street dining area in the heart of the city. Looking out onto one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of Kilkenny City, it is the perfect place to relax, have a drink and enjoy some light bites.

Visit: www.kilkennyinn.com


Mount Juliet Estate

There is a legacy to the Mount Juliet experience that stretches far beyond the luxury of the bedrooms and the decadence of the dining options. Perhaps you feel the urge to thunder through open pastures and traipse across woodland trails on horseback. Maybe you want to feel the tug on your line and the splash from the River Nore as a salmon takes your bait.

Discover the unique range of activities on the estate, unparalleled in the way they combine deep-seated historical traditions with the best modern equipment and practices.


Walking and Running Trails

There are many walking and running trails within the 500 acres on the estate to enjoy. Estate maps are available at reception.

Treasure Hunts

Discover the highlights of the wonderful estate in a fun-filled Treasure hunt on the picturesque grounds by those who know the estate best.


There is an Outdoor playground to enjoy with your children on the estate. Open from 8 am daily. Complete with Zipwire, swings, and slide. This is the perfect place for fun.


Morning yoga classes on the lawn can be booked at reception.


What finer way to enjoy the wonderful estate than a private lunch outdoors. Mount Juliet will assemble a bespoke gourmet hamper that meets your requirements and dietary needs, which you can share with your loved one, creating new memories at Mount Juliet Estate


Whether you’re an experienced rider wanting to emulate Lady Helen McCalmont, a keen horsewoman or you’re a complete beginner looking to experience an affinity with these magnificent animals for the first time, the equestrian centre is ready and waiting.

Fairy Garden

Enjoy the Fairy Garden close to the Manor house and make wishes on your favourite door!


Even the most eye-catching countryside can be elevated by stretches of open water, running free as it cuts a path through pastures and woodland alike. At Mount Juliet, they are particularly blessed in this respect, with not one but two significant rivers within its walls: the famous River Nore and its tributary, the King’s River. Fishing can be arranged from break of dawn until darkness falls: for a day, an afternoon or a few quiet hours in the evening.

Visit: www.mountjuliet.ie


Newpark Hotel Kilkenny

The Newpark Hotel Kilkenny has been named Family Friendly Hotel of the year for 2020 at the Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards. The 4-star family-run establishment takes great pride in providing the perfect destination for family getaways this summer.  Located on the edge of Kilkenny City, the hotel rests on 40 acres of lush, green parkland. The Newpark Hotel Kilkenny has outdoor facilities that offer activities for all ages. From an animal farm for the kids to Al Fresco dining in an urban setting for the parents.

The newly renovated terrace is described by staff and customers as an outdoor oasis, offering dining in a contemporary, atmospheric and relaxed setting. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy some outdoor dining this summer.

Visit: www.newparkhotelkilkenny.com


Springhill Court Hotel

Springhill Court Hotel is a family haven for those looking to explore Kilkenny this summer. The newly refurbished destination is a stone’s throw away from the vibrant Kilkenny city centre. The kiddies can enjoy the playground while the parents can relax in the new outdoor terrace.

Visit: www.springhillcourt.com


Commenting on the news, Ciaran Conroy, Chairperson of Kilkenny Tourism said; “This is great news for the hospitality sector, after months of closures our hotels, restaurants and guesthouses can now look forward to getting back to business and to enjoying a busy and productive summer.

He added; “Kilkenny has a huge variety of outdoor dining options and many of our hotels have worked tirelessly to create or upgrade some excellent outdoor spaces to ensure visitors are safe and comfortable during their summer staycation with us in Kilkenny,”


For more to explore in Kilkenny this summer visit www.visitkilkenny.ie




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