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TOP 12 THINGS TO DO IN KILKENNY THIS AUTUMN #KEEPDISCOVERING

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With so much to see and do in Kilkenny, it’s hard to choose how to spend your time there. That’s why we’ve compiled a Kilkenny bucket list for you, so you can make sure to hit all the best attractions and destinations in the county this autumn, and since we don’t think adventure should break the bank, we have compiled list of things to do that are all Free……So whatever you choose make sure to #keepdiscovering Kilkenny! Here's our top 12:

1. Walk Ireland's Medieval Mile

It’s hard to find a city in Ireland that lends itself more to an afternoon stroll than Kilkenny, and The Medieval Mile is the perfect route to discover the medieval magic that fills this place.  Historic buildings, secret slipways, a Dominican abbey blooming with stained glass are among the gems you will discover on your way, until you reach the traditional home of witches in the 14th century Kyteler’s Inn. A must visit on your staycation to Kilkenny!

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2. Kilkenny Cat Walk Trail

The Kilkenny Catwalk is a trail of 21 wonderful Kilkenny Cat sculptures which have been decorated by some of our most talented artists, mainly local, for public display in and around Kilkenny City. The Cat Walk art trail is guaranteed family fun for all ages, as you discover the different colourful themed cats outdoors. 

Visit: www.kilkennycatwalk.ie

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3. Explore Kilkenny’s Walking Trails

From woodlands to rivers, walking trails in Kilkenny take you across the most picturesque Autumn countryside, towns and villages in the county. All the walks on Kilkenny Walking Trails are free of charge and take place in areas of local heritage and natural history interest. The walks are of varying lengths and gradient, from the ‘easier’ routes like Castlecomer Loop & City Walks to the more difficult Brandon Hill Loop, all offering something for everyone no matter what the age or abilities.

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4. Discover Castle Parklands

Kilkenny Castle Parkland has 50 acres to experience a spectacular autumn family walk. Wallow in the falling leaves of colour on a woodland walk, let the kids loose in the children’s playground with swings, slides, bridges and benches for adults too.

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We don’t think Adventure should break the bank!

5. Kilkenny Day - 11th Oct

Get on your black and amber jersey and get involved in Kilkenny Day! Taking place on Sunday 11th October, ‘Kilkenny Day’ is a day dedicated to everything that is great about Kilkenny! There is a packed programme of events that will run across the city and county, showcasing the very best the county has to offer.

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6. Visit a Picturesque Village or Town

A trip to Kilkenny is not complete without a visit to one of Kilkenny’s most beautiful towns and villages. There are so many to choose from, Bennettsbridge is a feast for craft lovers, while Graignamanagh is abound with lush countryside and river walks. Not to mention Inistioge, the home to charming gardens and an arboretum…..The choice is yours!

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7. Woodstock Gardens

Explore the Kilkenny countryside with a visit to Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum, overlooking the River Nore Valley. Features include a walled garden, rose garden, rockery garden, a recreated Turner Conservatory, a collection of rare and exotic trees in the arboretum and much more including many tranquil woodland walks.  A relaxing and beautiful environment in which to spend a day with the family! 

Visit: www.woodstock.ie

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8. Take in Breath-taking Views on Brandon Hill

Scale the 515 metre height hike up Brandon Hill – the view is worth it! After a tough hike to get to the top of the Hill, the 360 degree view overlooking Kilkenny and the surrounding counties is utterly breath-taking.

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9. Visit Kells Priory

There’s no better place to soak in the culture and history of Medieval Ireland than at Kells Priory. The inner historian is bound to come out of you here! Situated alongside King’s River beside the village of Kells, this priory is the largest and most impressive Medieval monument in the country. Stroll around the ruins dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries as your backdrop.

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10. Take the Nore Valley Walking Route

Set against the beautiful backdrop of this scenic valley, with acres of parkland and woodlands to explore, Nore Valley Park provides hours of amusement for the family. Walk the 3km nature trail to the scenic town of Bennettsbridge or test your skills on their giant chess board ‘en route’!

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11. Tour of Kilkenny Castle

Take a self-guided tour inside the castle and transport yourself back to medieval grandeur and splendour. The castles decor and furniture has been restored and replaced to its original glory. Gaze at the impressive dining rooms, portrait galleries and huge bedrooms with accompanying fireplaces and large windows to enjoy views of the River Nore below.

The tour is free until the end of the year, but pre-booking is essential: www.kilkennycastle.ie

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12. Fine Art at Butler Gallery

Culture vultures will revel in a visit to Butler Gallery, the leading Art Gallery in the South East and home to some of the country’s finest art exhibitions, not to mention the buildings 800 year history…. is not to be missed!

Visit: www.bultergallery.ie

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#KEEPDISCOVERING WITH A STAYCATION IN KILKENNY THIS AUTUMN