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 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.
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.
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.
Go back in time by taking a self- guided tour of Kilkenny Castle which is well worth a visit.
This 17th century merchant’s townhouse is steeped in rich local and national history. Self-guided tours. 056 7722893
Tynan Walking Tours
A great way to get to know the medieval capital of Ireland. Pat 087 2651745
The Smithwick’s Experience
Take a tour of St Francis Abbey Brewery. Tour takes 1 ½ hours and includes a complimentary drink. Must be pre-booked 056 7796498
The Kilkenny Hurling Experience
Experience the ancient Celtic game of hurling and enjoy a tour of Nowlan Park. 086 8171978
Kilkenny offers golfers a great selection to choose from:
Gowran Golf Club 056 7726699
Mount Juliet Golf Club 056 7773071
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.