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Write your own food story and get a taste of culture, heritage, and nature with a food trip to Kilkenny.

Start your culinary journey with a memorable visit to the five-star Mount Juliet Estate. This Georgian country estate, set on 500 acres is home to the Michelin Star awarded Lady Helen Restaurant and the Michelin Plate awarded The Hound Restaurant. Offering exquisite, award-winning dining experiences, to the relaxed dining experience of The Hound Restaurant at Hunter’s Yard, guests can immerse themselves in the vibrant dining experiences at the Mount Juliet Estate for a true taste of Kilkenny at it’s finest.

Set up base at the five-star Mount Juliet Estate, with lovingly maintained historic buildings such as the elegant Georgian Manor House and the sophisticated of Hunter’s Yard. During you stay in Mount Juliet Estate, you will experience the seven-course tasting menu in the Michelin starred Lady Helen Restaurant. Just like the former Lady of the house after whom it is named, The Lady Helen restaurant is an iconic part of Mount Juliet Estate. The Michelin-starred restaurant has become a true destination for diners, who long to experience the way that Head Chef John Kelly takes locally sourced produce to soaring new heights.

The following morning you will enjoy breakfast in the Manor House before you head out to enjoy the highlights of County Kilkenny.

Kilkenny is teeming with excellent food producers and crafters.

Take a tour of Highbank Orchard to find out how the gin is processed and produced. Explore the orchard and the ancient castle on the ground with an owner Guide Tour.

Enjoy some fresh country air at Jerpoint Park, a local farm, to find out how they manage their flock of sheep and make use of the old stone buildings that have supported the farm for generations. After an impressive demonstration of how the sheep are rounded up by the well-trained dogs, and restorative coffee and scones.

Experience the wonderful skills of the Jerpoint Glass Blowing Experience, where local craftspeople know how to blow their own horns!

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