Things To Do in Kilkenny
Looking for things to do in Kilkenny, well look no further as Kilkenny city and county has so much to offer. For example, the city has many beautiful walking trails and tours to take. Spend some time visiting historic Kilkenny Castle, see the wonderful parks and gardens, do some shopping in the newly opened MacDonagh Junction shopping centre or find the craic in one of Kilkenny's finest bars and restaurants.
For some, it’s a spa treatment in luxurious surroundings. For others it’s a day outdoors in an idyllic setting. Choose from 5 star spa hotels to world-renowned golf courses, from beautiful walking routes to horse-riding, for that special way to unwind and recharge, you will find it here in Kilkenny.
For a different day out, enjoy a flutter at the races or get the adrenaline pumping at the karting track.
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Ireland 2016 is a year-long programme of activity, in which everyone is invited to participate, to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, to reflect on our achievements as a democratic state over the last 100 years and to look towards Ireland’s future.
Speaking about the year-long programme of activity, John Mulholland, A/Chief Executive said: “Ireland 2016, as a year of reflection and engagement for everyone on this island, goes far beyond the formal marking of a key historical moment. It is a once-in-a-century invitation to people of all ages, at home and overseas, to shape and take part in a diverse range of historical, cultural and artistic activities, all designed to nurture reflection, commemoration, celebration and debate. There is a wealth of imagination, energy and vision available to us in Kilkenny and I want to encourage everyone to get involved in their own way so we can make Ireland 2016 a truly national event .”
Brewed using the finest of ingredients and centuries of experience, meet the ale that has taken centuries of turbulent times on the chin and survived against all odds. Immerse yourself in the amazing heritage of the Smithwick's family and enjoy a multi-sensory and interactive experience of what life was like at the St Frances Abbey Brewery over the past 300 years. Dive in head first and experience first-hand how to stir the mash and sniff the hops, learning what distinguishes this storied ale from lager and stout.
Ballybur Castle is a five storey 16th century towerhouse, 8km south of the medieval city of Kilkenny. The castle has been restored to it's former authentic glory using the same techniques and materials as the original 16th century builders.
Dominican Black Abbey in Kilkenny was founded in 1225 by William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke. The church has since been beautifully restored to its original splendour with a spectacular coloured stained glass window. The Black Abbey was part of the Dominican Priory and derived its name from the Black Friars, as the Dominicans were called. The Black Abbey is the longest established of all Irish foundations. However, today the friars and the BI Peter O Higgins Lay Dominican Chapter assigned here are engaged in traditional apostolates, particularly liturgical preaching and sacramental services. The public celebration and service is a daily event in which visitors to the abbey are encouraged to participate in.
The Brandon Hill loop is a challenging 12 KM trail, you will follow minor roadways, forestry tracks and hillside patches to reach the peak. The Brandon Loop starts in the town of Graiguenamanagh, where you can drop into the 13th century Cistercian monastery of Duiske Abbey or stop in for a spot of lunch in the picturesque town full of traditional character and charm. For direct walking directions visit page 4 and 5 of the Trails Brochure.
Butterslip is an independent boutique store in Kilkenny selling a quirky and colourful range of jewellery, bridal accessories, gorgeous gifts and colourful baby stuff. Baby gifts, bridal jewellery, beautiful bags and quirky finds sit side by side
Explore Castlecomer Discovery Park, set in a spectacular 80 acre woodland. The Discovery Park boasts an exciting range of recreational and educational activities. Nibble on delicious treats in the award winning café, visit the fascinating multi-media mining museum and splash about in our pedal boats while taking in the beautiful scenery and natural settings of the park. Find yourself vanishing into the world of creative arts and craft workshops and experience first-hand the detailed craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece, while fighting the temptation to purchase 1, 2 or 10 pieces!!
Don't miss an opportunity to play this fantastic 18 hole, beautifully designed golf course with breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape. The course is set in a 200-year-old forest of elevated beauty, with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. With new developments of this course completed in 2003, the new layout has been uniquely designed and well received by all players.
This walk is one of a range of scenic walks developed by Trail Kilkenny and designed to allow you explore more of the great outdoors. Distance/Time is approx 7km/2 to 2.5 hrs. Terrain features forestry roads, grassy path and country roads.