Kilkenny County

One-Day Historic Kilkenny Tour:

  • Morning: Begin the day with a guided tour of the magnificent Kilkenny Castle; consider visiting some grand rooms while there are parklands around.
  • Afternoon: Make the stroll of the Medieval Mile out to St Canice’s Cathedral and do go up its round tower for all-around city views. First, have lunch at some delightful café around Kilkenny before proceeding to the Smithwick’s Experience for a small sample of the history of local brewing.
  • Evening: Cap the day with dinner at one of the highly regarded restaurants in the city and cap it off with a traditional music-filled night located in some local pub.

Two-Day Arts and Crafts Exploration:

  • Day 1: You will visit the National Craft Gallery and Kilkenny Design Centre to get a proper outlook on the arts scene. After, in the afternoon, search for some creative studios around the city, meeting with artisans, and perhaps you will have time to participate in a workshop.
  • Day 2: Craft workshop visit in one of the country’s pottery centers—e.g., Bennettsbridge. Return to Kilkenny City for an evening performance at the Watergate Theatre—or sometime during the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Three-Day Family Adventure:

  • Day 1: Travel to Gowran to visit the Reptile Zoo, then travel further to Castlecomer Discovery Park for an afternoon spent high up on adrenalin-filled zip lines and canoeing on the lake.
  • Day 2: Ample time to explore the ancient formations of Dunmore Caves; then, having spent the afternoon at the playground of Kilkenny Castle, have an early dinner and take it easy with a gentle stroll along the River Nore.
  • Day 3: Pretty Village Day. Visit Inistioge with the family for a picnic and rest by the river. Afterwards, why not take a leisurely stroll around Woodstock Gardens and the Arboretum?

Week-Long Kilkenny Experience:

Combine the above itineraries and add:

  • A leisurely day exploring the historic sites of Jerpoint Abbey and the Kilfane Glen and Waterfall. Experience one of the county’s famous festivals by visiting during the event schedules to get a truly local experience. Spend a day following with a guided cycle tour, taking in the tranquil scenery as you travel along the River Barrow and visit riverside towns.

From historical sites and cultural venues to outdoor adventures and family activities, these itineraries reveal the best in Kilkenny.