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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.

Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

Visit the unique Heritage Site in Jerpoint Park and enjoy a guided tour of the footprints of a deserted 12th Century Medieval town dating back to 1200AD. Your local guide will delve into the history and importance of this once thriving town called Newtown Jerpoint.  Take a step back in time and explore the standing remains of St. Nicholas's Church, the domestic tower and the stunning 14th Century Medieval Tomb. Jerpoint Park also offers Angling for wild Salmon and wild brown trout or why not try something completely unique and come watch our Sheep Dog demonstration, showcasing man and dog working together as one.

Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

Take a trip back through almost 1,000 years of history with a walking tour of Thomastown, following the route suggested on the map.

 

Goatsbridge Trout Farm - Artisan Food Producer in Kilkenny
Eat and Drink

At Goatsbridge Fish Farm, trout is their passion. Their knowledge and experience farming rainbow trout has been passed down through three generations. Each catch comes daily from the  crystal clear waters of The Little Arrigle River, giving their trout unique taste and texture. They love trout, and they know if you give it a try you will too!

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.

Lady Helen Michelin Star Restaurant at Mount Juliet Hotel Kilkenny
Eat and Drink

The award winning Lady Helen Restaurant enjoys panoramic views over the estate and River Nore. Awarded 1 Michelin Star and 3 AA Rosettes. Variety of international dishes are prepared using local produce and fresh herbs.

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.

Family Activities at Jerpoint Park in Kilkenny
Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

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.

Heritage in Kilkenny with Jerpoint Abbey
Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

Visit monastic ruins at this 12th century Cistercian abbey with a magnificently sculptured cloister arcade. Includes visitor and exhibition centre.

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.

The Watergarden Cafe Thomastown Kilkenny
Eat and Drink

The Watergarden (Camphill Communities of Ireland) incorporating Coffee Shop, Gallery, Crafts, Garden Centre and Streamside. Gardens open to the public all year round

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