Our Top Ten Greatest Experiences on Your Staycation in Kilkenny
The great thing about a staycation is that there are countless, incredible things to see and do within a short driving distance. However, half the battle is knowing what to expect and choosing the best ones!
We’ve rounded up a list of the top ten greatest experiences in Kilkenny to add to everyone’s bucket list. From theatre and shopping, to food and sport, these experiences are designed to immerse visitors in Kilkenny’s unique cultural heritage and create a memorable trip away with friends or family.
- Kilkenny Castle
No trip to Kilkenny is complete without a visit to its quintessential medieval castle which brings Kilkenny’s history to life in a 13th century architectural setting that takes your breath away. The restored castle, grounds, and views which dominate Kilkenny City are spectacular and worthwhile spending an afternoon meandering through, to absorb the grandeur of its former glory and the history of Irish aristocracy.
- Smithwicks Experience
One of the most enjoyable tours in Ireland, Immerse yourself in the story of Smithwick’s, told as only a local knows how. Where 300 years of history combine with extraordinary brewing innovations, to create the Smithwick’s tour – an experience like no other. The tour includes a series of interactive and surprising experiences, and culminates in every guest savouring a Smithwick’s Ale whilst learning about the process behind its innovation which makes it so unique. www.smithwicksexperience.com
- Jerpoint Abbey Guided Tour
Included in the admission fee, is a free guided tour of the partially restored monastic ruins with its magnificently sculptured cloister arcade and exhibition centre is an exemplary experience of Ireland’s Ancient East, and will leave visitors feeling empowered and informed about the history and stories of the Cistercian monks who called the Abbey home in the 12th century. www.visitkilkenny.ie
- Climb to the top of St Canice’s Round Tower
A pillar site, on Ireland’s Medieval Mile, St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower is an essential part of the structural heritage of Kilkenny’s vibrant and medieval city. A climb to the top of the Tower is essential on a bright day, and rewarded with stunning views of Kilkenny and surrounding countryside. www.stcanicescathedral.ie
- Cycling Tour of Kilkenny Countryside (Kilkenny Cycling Tours)
There are innumerable historical sites and spots of natural beauty in and around Kilkenny’s stunning countryside, that are best visited on a cycling tour, whether a keen cyclist or not. Ride at your own pace, and see another side to Kilkenny in your own time and in your own sequence, for what is often said to be the crowning glory of any trip to Kilkenny. www.kilkennycyclingtours.com
- Kilkenny Famine Experience
Having only launched in late 2017, The Famine Experience at MacDonagh Junction is new to Kilkenny and a must see attraction. The free, self-guided, audio visual tour recalls the human story of the Kilkenny famine inmates of 1840’s around the buildings of the former famine Workhouse. Hear the heartbreaking and poignant human stories recorded in local newspaper articles and minute books from the Board of Guardians, a true reflection of the Kilkenny Famine Experience from the perspective of the Workhouse inmates and staff. https://kilkennyfamineexperience.com/
- Nicholas Moss Pottery and Lunch
The crafty and creative will enjoy the tea room and treasure trove that is the Nicholas Mosse Pottery shop, where visitors can view staff at work through glass walls, and educate themselves from informative displays which offer an insight into the pottery process. www.nicholasmosse.com
- Experience a festival in Kilkenny
From Tradfest, Cat Laughs and Savour, Kilkenny brings the world to our doorstep with its fabulous range of festivals for everyone to enjoy, whether your preference is food, comedy, arts or music, a visit to one of these yearly calendar events is a must. www.visitkilkenny.ie
- Zipline at Castlecomer Discovery Park
Ireland’s longest zip line at Castlecomer offers a daring and exhilarating adventure! Accompanied by the Octagon High Ropes Course, a challenging series of nets, ropes and wooden bridges, as well as the less daring Tree-Top Adventure Walk Course, this adventure park offers a host of experiences for every ability and age. www.discoverypark.ie
- A Dining Experience with a Cookery School
Foodies can’t go past mouth-watering treats, cookery demonstrations, hands on tuition, private dining functions and workshops with Kilkenny’s array of Cookery schools including Ryeland House Cookery School, Croan Cottages, Eden Hall, a traditional old Irish house in the heartland of County Kilkenny with demonstrations based on creating quick and easy dishes using fresh and local ingredients , The school of Food in Thomastown, a food hub for discourse, innovation and learning and of course celebrity Chef Edward Hayden at the helm of his new Cookery School in Graiguenamanagh. www.visitkilkenny.ie
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