Things To Do In Kilkenny

Leisure Hotel Kilkenny

The past echoes in every footstep as you walk through the medieval city of Kilkenny. Explore its ancient laneways, wonder at the majestic halls of Kilkenny Castle or experience the glory of 13th century St Canice's Cathedral.

The county is just as rich in heritage and natural beauty. Feel the passion of past generations through places like Kells Priory and Woodstock Estate or reconnect with Nature in stunning natural settings like Dunmore Caves and Castlecomer Demesne.



At Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny you will be taken on a journey through the medieval origins of brewing to the arrival of John Smithwick in the 1700's and right up to the present day.  Visitors will be fully immersed in the history of Smithwick's, Ireland's oldes beer brand, the amazing heritage of the Smithwick's family and it's place in Kilkenny, a ciy steeped in history and brewing.  This is a fun filled family friendly tour that has been named as one of the top 26 new tourist attractions in the world by the lonely planet and finishes in the bar with a complimentary pint of Smithwicks or a mineral of your choice.  Phone: 056.7786377 or www.smithwicksexperience.com  Please note bookings only necessary for larger groups


Woodstock Gardens

Woodstock is located in the picturesque village of Inistioge. Home to a beautiful walled garden, lovely woodland walks, kid’s playground, cafe and a large green area for the kids to run around freely. www.woodstock.ie


Reptile Village

If your little ones are into reptiles this zoo is a must.  The Reptile Village zoo is located in the village of Gowran and only a short drive from our hotel.  Visitors can enjoy hands on experience by holding a snake, feed a lizard and basically get up close and personal with the habitants.  You can spend many an hour here holding the animals and learning about the animals from the friendly informative staff.www.nationalreptilezoo.ie


Kilkenny Castle 
Go back in time by taking a self- guided tour of Kilkenny Castle which is well worth a visit. www.kilkennycastle.ie


Rothe House
This 17th century merchant’s townhouse is steeped in rich local and national history. Self-guided tours. 056 7722893 www.rothehouse.com


Tynan Walking Tours
A great way to get to know the medieval capital of Ireland. Pat 087 2651745 www.kilkennywalkingtours.ie


The Kilkenny Hurling Experience

Experience the ancient Celtic game of hurling and enjoy a tour of Nowlan Park. 086 8171978 www.thekilkennyway.com

Kilkenny Cycling Tours

The best way to…Explore Kilkenny. Enjoy a fun and easy paced two hour Guided Cycling Tour with Kilkenny Cycling Tours visiting historical and cultural sites around Kilkenny including Kilkenny Castle, The Kilkenny Design Centre, Shee Alms House, The Tholsel, St. Mary’s Church, Rothe House & Gardens, The Courthouse (Grace’s Castle), St. Francis’ Abbey, The Black Abbey and St. Canice’s Cathedral and some hidden gems along Irelands Medieval Mile. Bikes suitable for all ages and we use riverbank paths and backstreets to stay away from heavy traffic. Find out about Kilkenny’s most famous characters like the Witch Dame Alice Kyteler and William Earl Marshal, the greatest Knight that ever lived. www.kilkennycyclingtours.com

Kilkenny Activity Centre

If you are looking for fun activities for your family or just want to let your hair down with your pals the Kilkenny Activity Centre is the place to go. Boasting a range of activities like Paintball, Bubble Soccer, Splatball and a really fun assault course there is something for all...and only a short drive from the hotel. For further information check out www.kilkennyactivitycentre.ie or call 0862611567 to book


Kilkenny Golf

Kilkenny offers golfers a great selection to choose from:

Gowran Golf Club     056 7726225
Mount Juliet Golf Club   056 7773064
Kilkenny Golf Club   056 7765400
Castlecomer Golf Club   056 4441139
Callan Golf Club   056 7725136

And not to forget the ladies, Kilkenny is a shopper’s paradise

Featuring the best of boutiques and shoes shops – the city has something to suit everyone’s taste.  McDonagh Junction shopping centre has a great number of shops on offer, such as H&M, Next, River Island and TK Maxx just to mention a few. The Market Cross shopping centre on High Street is home to Penney’s, Monsoon and Wallis. After a full day’s shopping why not come back to our spa and hair salon and enjoy some pampering to complete your day in style.