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Browse around Karen Morgan's contemporary pottery shop in Thomastown, before paying a visit to Jerpoint Glass to learn about the craft of glass blowing. Continue on to Jerpoint Abbey, built in 1180AD. From the Abbey, drive on the same road and you will see Goatsbridge Trout Farm, which is a must for all fish lovers. Continue on to Jerpoint Park you will enjoy the wonderful experiences of Jerpoint Park, Ireland's best surviving example of a deserted 12th Century Medieval Town. Finally, stop into the magnificent Mount Juliet Estate for well-deserved refreshments.

Eat and Drink

Truffle Fairy hand makes high quality chocolate truffles, fudge, bars, chocolate eggs and cakes.

Fishing at Mount Juliet Estate
Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

In a country famous for the quality of its angling, it is still rare for visitors to achieve the combination of delights found along the Nore at Mount Juliet. Angling tuition is also available at Mount Juliet, to learn the craft of fly fishing.

Clay Creations Thomastown Kilkenny
Craft

Brid Lyons designs and hosts a wide variety of contemporary ceramic pieces, original designs and sculptural work. Brid’s sculptural works are creative in form with vibrant glazes creating a unique character for each piece.

Kilfane Church
Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

The most remarkable feature is the effigy of Cantwell Fada from mid 13th to early 14th century. Situated 2 miles north of Thomastown, off the N9.

Eat and Drink

Spice Infusion Restaurant in Thomastown is set in the heart of the beautiful medieval village, Spice Infusion presents constantly evolving menus and a carefully matched wine list – all designed to reflect an ethos of modern Indian dining in Thomas

Gus Mabelson Ceramics Kilkenny
Craft

Gus creates a wide range of functional stoneware pieces and large sculptural pieces for the home or garden. His large scale work includes garden planters and bird tables; produced to commission.

Knockanore Farm Self Catering
Accommodation

Knockanore Farm Self Catering is located in Thomastown, County Kilkenny. Two adjoining self catering 4* holiday homes set in idyllic countryside on a dairy farm in the Nore Valley, yet only 15 minutes from Kilkenny City. Scenic Walks, Fishing on farm, close to Jerpoint Abbey, Kells, Kilkenny Craft Trail and adjoining Mount Juliet. Knockanore, ideal Kilkenny self catering accommodation.

Eat and Drink

At home in their kitchen in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland, they create and make all of their own unique recipes and flavour combinations.

Kilkenny School of Food
Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

The Kilkenny School of Food, Thomastown is a unique rural development initiative, funded through LEADER, with support from Kilkenny County Council and others.  Its mission is to be a chef training hub in Ireland, to provide the hospitality industry with professionally trained staff.  It offers accredited courses in Culinary Skills and professional chef training as well as classes for the amateur.

Evening and weekend courses range from ‘Tuscan Pasta and Sauces’ to ‘Raw Foods’ and includes such topics as Indian Spices and Japanese cooking. Groups can be catered for – hen parties, company days out, team bonding.  

Thomastown to Inistioge Trail Kilkenny Walking
Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

This stretch of the Nore Valley Walk takes you through diverse countryside, pastoral lands and woodland; rich in flora and fauna. There is the ruin of Grennan Castle at the start, followed by the pretty Dysart Woods and Dysart Castle.

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