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Destination Kilkenny

Things to do in Kilkenny

The Newpark Hotel Kilkenny rests on the edge of this medieval city, a cultural gem of festivals and historical sites.

It is also an ideal base from which to explore the Ancient East including popular visitor attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, St Canices Catheral, Jerpoint Abbey, a multitude of Craft & Food Trails plus much, much more.

The city and surrounding area provide a treasure trove of adventure for all ages and interests. As a proud Kilkenny hotel, we’ve gathered a list of our favourite things to do in the region. 


Castlecomer Discovery Park offers hours of entertainment for both families and adults in need of adventure. The activity centre has a range of activities; from orienteering to boating, climbing, ziplining and much more. It even has activities for children as young as three to enjoy.


Kilkenny’s countryside is resplendent with walking trails. These wind throughout the county, covering woodland, rolling fields, and trails beside the beautiful River Nore. There’s a trail for every fitness level, with varying degrees of length and difficulty.


Standing for over 8 centuries on the River Nore, Kilkenny Castle is one of Kilkenny’s main visitor attractions. Tours of the castle are now available, and the perfectly restored building provides a great insight into life in the past.


Kilkenny is a hub of shopping streets. Whether you’re looking for high-street stores, boutique buys, artisan crafts or vintage finds, you’re sure to discover what you need. Newpark Hotel is in very close proximity to Mac Donagh Junction Shopping centre, only a short 10 minute stroll away. 


Jerpoint Park is another must see for visitors interested in Irish heritage. It allows visitors the chance to walk through a 12th century ghost town; the abandoned Newtown Jerpoint. It also has a working farm and regular sheepdog demonstrations; perfect for visiting families.


The Newpark Hotel estate is home to a variety of friendly animals. These include everything from rabbits and sheep, to peacocks, Shetland ponies emus, llamas and llpacas. The farm is open to guests in the summer months, and they can even help farm hands feed the animals on occasion.


The former St Mary’s Church has been converted into a modern museum designed to enrich the cultural life of the city and provide a new international standard attraction for visitors. The 13th century St Mary’s church and graveyard is the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland. As the starting point of the ‘Medieval Mile’ trail, it brings to life Kilkenny’s history as Ireland’s premier medieval city. 


Kilkenny is a cultural gem, with a fascinating heritage. Spotted throughout the city and county are a number of historical attractions, all originating in different periods.


Kilkenny is a beautiful county, full of parklands, forestry and natural water features that make it a fantastic home for golf courses. Kilkenny Golf Club is next door to Newpark Hotel and only a short stroll away. There are also three renowned golf courses within driving distance of Newpark Hotel, Callan Golf Club, Castlecomer Golf Club and Gowran Golf Club.


Kilkenny has a rich medieval heritage visible though its narrow streetscapes; its historical buildings and landmarks. One of the best and unique features of Kilkenny is its compactness allowing you explore everything it has to offer on foot, including: Kilkenny Castle, Medieval Mile Museum, Rothe House, Smithwick’s Experience,

Medieval Mile Map

St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower and many, many more. Just be sure to allow yourself enough time to experience it all. Enjoy our city!


Take a short trip or family break in Kilkenny and visit places filled with memorable experiences. With the maps and guides, discover a region of legends and stories from ancient times to modern days; places filled with culture, attractions, festivals and fun.

Don’t wait too long, your adventure through Ireland’s Ancient East awaits!

Irelands Ancient East