Family Days Out in Kilkenny this Easter
Break away this Easter on a Staycation to Kilkenny! It’s the perfect destination for a fun filled family adventure. From the Kilkenny Catwalk Trail through the Medieval City, or adrenaline filled activities and exploring the outdoors there’s something for everyone in Kilkenny! Check out our top experiences below and see for yourself as you discover Kilkenny with your family this Easter!
Kilkenny Catwalk Art Trail – Last Chance to Visit!
This April is the last chance to explore The Kilkenny Catwalk, a fantastic arts trail of 21 wonderful Kilkenny Cat sculptures which have been decorated by some of Ireland’s most talented artists. Visitors are invited to follow the trail on the official Kilkenny Catwalk Trail App and find sculptures that are located in Kilkenny’s beautiful public spaces, many of which are attached to the heritage buildings around the city.
See VisitKilkenny.ie’s Easter Day Out Catwalk Trail Itinerary Here
Nore Valley Park
Set in Bennettsbridge, County Kilkenny, Nore Valley Park is a family-run camping and caravan park as well as an activity centre and open farm with a variety of animals. Mobile homes and Lodges are available for rental. For children who adore animals, Nore Valley Park offers families an opportunity to bottle feed the baby lambs, or handle a small rabbit. Picnics are encouraged and a small on-site shop offers coffee and tea and home baked treats.
Easter Egg Hunt
The annual Nore Valley Park Easter Egg Hunt Easter Egg Hunt will take place for day visitors to the farm between Saturday 9th and Saturday 16th April 2022 (except for Sunday when the farm is closed). Residents staying on site will have exclusive access to the Easter Egg Hunt. Egg Hunt sheets need to be purchased for all children taking part in the egg hunt.
Book Easter Egg Hunt Tickets Here – Limited Availability
Medieval Mile Museum
No visit to Kilkenny is complete without a trip to the Medieval Mile Museum in the converted St. Mary’s Church. Situated in the centre of the city and of the Mile, this is a wonderful place for families and group tours to experience life centuries ago in the city. Entry to the Museum by means of an ‘Interactive Audio Tour’ is €8.50 per adult, €3.50 per child, and the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and events.
Easter Break LEGO Brick Family Workshop
The LEGO® Brick Family Workshop is a fun, creative learning experience for families with children aged between 7 and 13 years, using LEGO® bricks to build and create as a team. Each family group, or “team”, can contain up to four people but must have a minimum of at least one adult and one child. Along the way, families experience the joys, challenges and rewards of playing together. Prizes are awarded to the “winners” of each exercise but no team goes home empty-handed!
All LEGO® bricks for the workshop are provided
Dates: Saturday 9th April 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. & Monday 11th April 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Ticket Price: €50 (2 x Adults & 2 x Children)
Cooking Class with Cake Face Cookery School
Cooking Class with Cakeface Cookery School
For ‘budding’ bakers from age 11yrs- 17yrs, Cakeface Cookery School will test their baking skills and get them to learn some new ones at this ‘hands on’ class which takes place on Tuesday 12th April. There are also classes for kids aged 5 to 10 years on April 13th and 21st. For the adults, there is a full day class where you will learn the art of cooking delicious pastries, tarts and macarons. Located in Irishtown on the Medieval Mile in Kilkenny’s centre, Cakeface cookery school is a state of the art contemporary spaced designed to inspire the ‘Wille Wonka’ in us all. Classes are hands ON and relaxed but expect to be challenged whatever your level.
Parks & Gardens
Easter is a great time to get outdoors and explore the many gardens and parklands across Kilkenny. For the adrenalin junkies Castlecomer Discovery Park is the ideal location for fun and challenging activities like zip-lines, tree top walks and archery and so much more.
For something more low-key like a leisurely picnic, then Kilkenny Castle Parkland and playground offer acres of picnic areas and woodland walks for the family to enjoy, or head to the beautiful town of Inistioge where you will discover Woodstock Gardens and challenge the family to some orienteering followed by a picnic on these unspoilt woodland grounds!
Energising Activities & Daytime Adventures
Or why not meet some of the world’s rarest and most unusual animals at Ireland’s only reptile zoo! Situated in Kilkenny City, the National Reptile Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of some of the world’s most amazing creatures!
If you want up close and personal, then a private experience at Hawkeye School of Falconry is the perfect choice. Learn about the world of Falconry in a fun and interactive manner. Meet the Owls and Harris Hawks and learn to call the birds from the trees to your gloved fist. It is a profound experience to interact so closely with a hunting animal and a great selfie opportunity!
If laser shooting and military style combat are for you, then take the family to visit lasercombat.ie. For the very best water adventures, Kilkenny offers a range of kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle-boarding activities, taking you right into Kilkenny’s unspoiled countryside. Both Pure Adventure and Go with the Flow offer a half-day guided tour.
Visit kilkennyairsoft.ie, the first fully automated airsoft indoor shooting range in the whole of Ireland, or test your strength and accuracy at Countryside Leisure Activity Centre, where you will find indoor rifle target and clay pigeon shooting, as well as archery!
Commenting on the range of activities for families over Easter, Chairperson of Kilkenny Tourism, Ciaran Conroy said; “Whether your family is into indoor or outdoor pursuits, Kilkenny has a huge variety of great day out activities to suit everyone. From biking & baking to river adventures and woodland walks, there is no better place for a family staycation this Easter than Kilkenny.”
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