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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.

Karen Morgan Porcelain Kilkenny

Karen Morgan creates and designs a unique range of elegantly crafted table and decorative ware in Porcelain. Karen’s stylish porcelain range is skilfully hand thrown on the potters wheel. Visit her contemporary, bright and welcoming gallery.

Kilfane Church
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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.

Jerpoint Park Tea Rooms
Eat and Drink

Steer your taste buds towards the irresistible little menu of our mouth watering homemade delights. Offering daily fresh scones made from old family recipe, baked in AGA cooker for the unique flavour & texture accompanied by homemade jams and cream

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


Taste Trail at Goatsbridge Trout Farm Kilkenny
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Experience the rich food and craft heritage of the Jerpoint area with our trail, which brings you up close with the producers and makers of some of Kilkenny’s iconic food and craft.

Golf and Equestrian Activities at Mount Juliet Estate
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18 hole Jack Nicklaus designed Championship Golf Course, 18 hole putting course, 3 hole golf academy and golf practice area, including driving bays. Ranked among the world's finest parkland courses. Has hosted the Irish Open on 3 occasions.

Fishing at Jerpoint Park
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Fishing in Jerpoint Park on the River Nore for wild salmon and brown trout, is situated downstream from Mount Juliet, and up stream from Thomastown. 

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The Ultimate in pampering and rejuvenation. Mount Juliet Spa is complemented by a fully equipped Health Club including a 15 metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gymnasium. Offers luxury beauty treatments in a discreet & luxurious environment.

Kilkenny School of Food
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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.  

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!