Nore Valley Park
Nore Valley Park Open Farm offers a host of entertainment rain or shine. Cuddle a rabbit, feed the baby lambs, or create comical family memories with lawn games like giant chess, crazy golf, an indoor maze, tractor trailer rides, and much more.
National Reptile Zoo
For those that prefer the conservation of slightly more rare animals, the National Reptile Zoo is a short drive away from Nore Valley Park Open Farm, where you can expect to find snakes, lizards and crocodiles amongst many. Meet some of the world’s rarest animals with over 50 exhibits, animal encounter zone, tropical walk-through Habitat, snack bar and soft play area for younger children.
Ireland's Medieval Mile
After a morning of adventure, enjoy some cultural experiences for the family, by exploring Kilkenny’s
infamous Medieval Mile. The beauty of its central location and compactness means you can visit all the key sites with an interactive tour on a city train, via Kilkenny City Tours, or pedal the sites by bicycle with
Kilkenny Cycling Tours. Those who prefer a more leisurely pace can take to the narrow streetscapes by foot – it’s all within walking distance.
Make sure to explore our top highlights – Kilkenny’s iconic Kilkenny Castle, where you can step back in time with a self-guided tour or explore the grounds, the Butler Gallery and children’s playground in your own leisurely time; the idyllic Kilkenny Design Centre, renowned for its best in class craft, where you can pick up a souvenir or two; and Rothe House, historically home to the Mayor of Kilkenny City, where you can educate yourself on
19th century fashion, art and other museum displays.
For dinner, we recommend feasting on a basket of wings, juicy ribs and burgers at casual, family-friendly Paris Texas Bar & Restaurant, who also feature a special kid’s menu and regular music and entertainment. If you prefer something more traditional Kytelers Inn is a popular inn, rich in heritage and makes a great pit stop for those who want to soak up its history and vibe, and those who need to rest their feet with a refreshing drink.
The Hotel Kilkenny is a family friendly 4*stylish hotel. They offer large stylish superior rooms ideal for families. The 20m swimming pool has won many design awards and includes a shallow kid’s pool with jets and fountain. For the adults there is a state of the art gymnasium. The ‘Taste’ restaurant offers a relaxed bistro style experience with the finest food. Situated only 10 minutes walk from the city, the Hotel Kilkenny is an ideal hotel for a family break in Kilkenny.