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Things to do for kids

Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny is proud to put families first, which is why we offer secure childcare during your stay.

Kilkenny offers an unrivalled range of fun-filled activities for kids and the whole family to enjoy including making your own hand puppets or shooting longbows like Robin Hood, to petting reptiles in the only reptile zoo in Ireland.



There’s plenty to see and do in Kilkenny, whether you’re planning a short family break or, perhaps, a well deserved annual summer holiday. As the leading family-friendly hotels in Kilkenny and Ireland, a visit to Newpark Hotel is sure to help generate unforgettable family memories. Here are just some of the great attractions and things to do in Kilkenny:


The Crazy Cats Kids Club has given us a reputation as one of the top hotels with kids clubs Kilkenny has to offer, and will entertain your children for hours on end. Simply register your tiny tots at reception, and drop them off in the secure facilities within our hotel. Our Kids Club in Kilkenny is suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years. The kids club is fully supervised by experienced childcare staff. It’s available to all residents who wish to avail. Full details are available by clicking here.

Kids Club Brochure


A Castlecomer Discovery Park adventure includes its renowned treetop walk and it also boasts Ireland's longest zipline. With their Junior Woodland Adventure course an Elf and Fairy Village your kids will be well entertained throughout your trip. The discovery park has numerous unique activities that will be sure to get your adrenaline running. Activities like ax throwing, archery, canoeing and boating all to be experienced in this beautiful and eccentric forest. 


Set in 80 acres of lush green fields, Danville House Farm is a family-run business set in an old Georgian Farm just a short walk from Kilkenny City. The estate has everything for the keen equestrian enthusiast with its AIRE and BHS approved Equestrian Centre and fully qualified staff. For the more adventurous riders, we have over 80 cross country jumps. After you ride out, enjoy a cup of tea and have a stroll to meet some of our beautiful mares and foals.


Hawkeye Falconry offers you the Bird of Prey experience of a lifetime while experiencing the noblest of all field sports and the Ancient Sport of Kings... Falconry. A visit to Hawkeye Falconry will be a truly unique opportunity to personally fly, handle, feed and interact with some of the world’s most amazing birds of prey.


Looking for a fun and educational family experience? Then look no further than Jerpoint Park where you can enjoy a scenic nature walk & get a true feel for the varied flora and fauna. Witness firsthand the peace and tranquillity of the unspoiled rural Kilkenny setting.


Kilkenny Activity Centre is a purpose-built activity centre which caters for all age groups ranging from 7+. Activities at the centre include bubble soccer, splatball, paintball, giant darts, an outdoor assault course and plenty of family fun! Located on five acres, the facility provides two bubble soccer fields, four paintball arenas and of course our "Hell’s Kitchen" assault course.


Whether you want to enjoy some fun on the farm or experience a stay on their fully-equipped campsite then a visit to the Nore Valley in Bennettsbridge should be on your ‘To Do’ list. Set on an interactive and relaxed farm setting, children can bottle feed lambs or goats and feed the ducks and turkeys as well as learning a great deal of knowledge about the rich farming heritage of Ireland. For the adrenaline junkies, there is a Go-Karting racecourse so the Nore Valley has a little something for the whole family to enjoy.


The National Reptile Zoo in Gowran is the only dedicated reptile zoo in Ireland! The whole family has a unique opportunity to interact with some of the world’s most amazing animals, including giant pythons, monitor lizards, snapping turtles, tortoise, alligators, tarantulas and more! Highlights include the hourly Animal Encounters and Tropical Walk-Through Dome, it’s an experience not to be missed!


The Playstation offers a fun, spacious, safe and clean children's entertainment play centre in Kilkenny with facilities suitable for toddlers and children off all ages. The centre includes the following facilities: toddler area, ride-on kart area, play frame and hurling speed tunnel.


From their base in Graiguenamanagh, explore the Barrow River towpath and discover a real Kilkenny adventure for the whole family. The towpath is a flat grass track that follows the edge of the river as it meanders south towards the Celtic Sea. The route provides a safe and traffic free bike trail which makes it an ideal activity for the whole family to enjoy.


The Walk In Art Studio in Kilkenny City offers visitors the opportunity to express their artistic side whether it's creating a life drawing or more explosive action-packed paintballing on canvas. Art offers something to suit everyone.


Our family packages not only include spaces in the kids club, but much more. The packages come with free cancellation, access to the luxurious facilities in the Escape Spa for the adults in your party, and of course, comfortable family rooms. Interconnecting rooms are available for larger families, and travel cots can be arranged upon request. 

Browse our range of family packages and book your stay today or, alternatively, contact our reservations team.


Tel: +353 56 7760500