Family Activities in Kilkenny
From making your own hand puppets or shooting longbows like Robin Hood, to petting reptiles in Ireland’s only reptile zoo, Kilkenny offers an unrivalled range of fun filled activities for all the family.
Whether you come for a short midweek or weekend family break, or for your annual Summer holiday, there’s plenty to do, see and experience in Kilkenny to help you create wonderful family memories. We have terrific family friendly hotels in Kilkenny too.
Choose to stay in one of our award winning Hotels, welcoming guesthouses and B&B' in Kilkenny or sample the delights of staying on a working farm. We have some of the best self-catering accommodation in Kilkenny and plenty of camping and caravan options – there’s literally something for everyone!
Kilkenny was recently voted the Food County of Ireland so when it comes to feeding your family, we have that covered too! Check out our Eat & Drink page to find a family restaurant to whet your appetite.
When it comes to activities for you and your family, we hope you’ve had your Weetabix, because you’re going to need it!
We’ve even developed a special mini-brochure just for you to download. It gives a snapshot of some of what Kilkenny has to offer families. It’s even broken down into what you and your family can do on sunny AND rainy days! How nice are we?
And of course, we have plenty of family friendly hotels in Kilkenny where you can stay after a great day of family fun and activities.
Finally, in case you thought we forgot that Mum and Dad might like some ‘me-time’, we haven’t. Most of our family focussed Hotels offer supervised daytime Kids Clubs during the school holidays and babysitting services at night, so you can feel free to enjoy the best of our spas ,golf , shopping and award winning nightlife.
HAVE A BLAST!
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.
Summer is Here! –Castlecomer Discovery Park launches daily opening of all its activities
It’s summer, time to enjoy sunshine and a break from routine. It is also a time to find ways of keeping kids happy as they while away their holidays. Take the chance to go “screen free” and get into the great outdoors!
Activities at Castlecomer Discovery Park are now open daily from 11.00 am. There is adventure to be had as you walk through the treetops, with views of the River Deane on the parks famous tree top walk. For the more adventurous there Ireland’s longest over water zip line (300 meters), or try the Octagon, our high ropes challenge course.
Magic is in the air at the ELF village, one of the most popular places at Castlecomer Discovery Park. This year the park has launched its woodland café “The Canopy Café” which means parents can enjoy some delicious coffee and sandwiches while kids get climbing and balancing on the junior woodland course.
Visitors will also be able to try their hand at archery, the parks newest activity. Nestled in the stunning woodlands of the park, your little ones and not so little ones can imagine they are Robin Hood. As well as being lots of fun there is the physical and mental benefits, it builds upper body strength, improves mental focus and coordination.
“We are looking forward to a really exciting summer season, all our instructors are trained and ready to help visitors take the leap off our zip line, manoeuvre the high ropes challenges on the Octagon and harness up for the tree top walk and climbing wall. For the less adventurous there is canoeing or pedal boating on our stunning lakes” Jo McCarthy Activity Manager
“We are especially pleased to have the new additions of the Canopy Café and Archery on site, there are also plans to extend the junior play area during the season, so watch this space! It’s easier than ever to book now also as we have introduced our new on line booking system at www.discoverypark.ie/booking ” Kathy Purcell Castlecomer Discovery Park
Activities open daily from 11.00 (last bookings at 3.00 pm)
Avoid disappointment and book online at www.discoverypark.ie/booking
Call 056 4440707 or see www.discoverypark.ie
Castleinch Venue and Market – Ireland’s largest and longest running market happens each Sunday from 8.00am to 4.00pm at Castleinch, which is less than 10 minutes from Kilkenny City on the Callan Road.
Danville House Farm is a family fun business set in an old Georgian Farm just a short walk from Kilkenny city. Set in 80 acres of lush green fields the Farm has everything for the Equestrian enthusiast. The Equestrian Centre is AIRE and BHS approved and all staff are fully qualified. For the more adventurous riders we have over 80 cross country jumps. After you ride out, enjoy a cup of tea and have a stroll to meet some of our beautiful mares and foals or why not stay make a holiday out of it and stay in our Self Catering Accommodation, providing you an all-round adventurous holiday in the country-side.
Kilkenny is home to beautiful parks, gardens, museums and craft shops and what’s more exciting is that numerous are FREE! Plan a picnic with the kids, sip coffee while you browse through our charming arts and craft or why not take a step back in time and visit the National Art Museum. We ensure that experiencing Kilkenny at its best does not require fees at every doorstep and are delighted to introduce to you all of our FREE attractions around Kilkenny.
Looking to get the family active in outdoor activities – then this is the perfect opportunity for you! Go with The Flow brings you adventurous Canoeing trips in Kilkenny. Our unique experience offers you the chance to explore the beautiful countryside of Kilkenny by taking you into beautiful, unspoilt and exciting waterways. Our charismatic instructors will guide you along exclusive trails and show you how to shoot weirs and ride the rapids. We will pass through dramatic landscapes, mysteries wooded valleys and old navigations once used by the Guinness barges to deliver Ireland’s favourite tipple. Bring a picnic, visit the playground of The Incredible Mr Kavanagh and take a swim in tranquil sheltered waters of our favourite remote pools.
Experience Falconry the Ancient Sport of Kings with Hawkeye Falconry. Hawkeye Falconry offers you the Bird of Prey experience of a lifetime. This, the noblest of all field sports, gives you the unique opportunity to personally fly, handle, feed and interact with some of the world’s most amazing Bird’s of Prey.
Hidden trails is based in the historic and picturesque town of Graiguenamanagh, nestled in the beautiful Barrow Valley. From the calm and tranquil walkways along the river barrow, to the stunning heights of Mount Leinster and the rolling walks around Brandon Hill. If you are looking to get away from it all , even for just a few hours, a visit here is a must.
We offer a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities, taking in the scenery and sharing a few stories along the way. There is so much history and beauty here just waiting to be discovered. We also offer cycle tours or just hire a bike yourself and head off, or you might like to try out a bit of canoeing / kayaking on the river with its locks and rapids a plenty.
We aim to provide fun and educational family experience enjoying a scenic nature walk & get a true feel for the varied flora and fauna. Witness first hand the peace and tranquility of the unspoilt rural setting.