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Things to do in Kilkenny

Destination Kilkenny

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

Kilkenny is both historically significant and full of bustling energy. Wander the winding, cobbled streets that make up its ‘Medieval Mile’ and learn about its fascinating Norman heritage, the symbol of which is undoubtedly majestic Kilkenny Castle. Explore the region’s hidden gems, lively festival scene and after the sun sets, sample its fantastic cosy pubs and award winning restaurants.

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.  

 Medieval Mile Kilkenny

Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile will bring you on a journey of discovery from the Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle to the 13th century St. Canice’s Cathedral. Outside in the Castle Yard, venture into the Kilkenny Design Centre and explore The National Craft Gallery which has a range of inspiring crafts from both national and international artists. Another great attraction on the Medieval Mile is the Medieval Mile Museum which brings to life Kilkenny’s history as Ireland’s premier medieval city. As you continue on towards St Canice’s Cathedral, stop off at Smithwick’s Brewery and explore the craft of ale-making mastered by 13th-century local monks. End your Kilkenny discovery at St Canice’s Cathedral, named after St Canice (Cill Chainnigh – Canice’s Church) who founded a 6th-century monastic settlement. Then climb up the 100ft, 9th-century Round Tower beside the cathedral, where you can enjoy the most wonderful views over the city.’

 Things to do in Kilkenny - Medieval Mile

CASTLECOMER DISCOVERY PARK

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. Learn more >>

KILKENNY WALKING TRAILS

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. Learn more >>

KILKENNY CASTLE

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. Learn more >>

SHOPPING IN KILKENNY CITY

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. Learn more >>

JERPOINT PARK

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. 

NEWPARK ADVENTURE TRAIL 

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. Learn more >>

LOCAL HERITAGE SITES

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

GOLFING IN KILKENNY COUNTY

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 Kilkenny golf courses within driving distance of Newpark Hotel, Callan Golf Club, Castlecomer Golf Club and Gowran Golf Club.

Things to do in Kilkenny

IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST

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!

Things to do in Kilkenny - Ireland's Ancient East