Visit the City of Kilkenny, Waterford Crystal, Home of JFK

City of Kilkenny

The beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny lies an hour north of Dungarvan and the Park Hotel in Waterford.

Kilkenny Design Centre, home to exceptional craftsmen and women, is located across from Kilkenny Castle, which itself offers guided tours of the historic building and its grounds are a perfect spot to enjoy a Summer picnic.

Kilkenny boasts many fine restaurants and charming, traditional pubs and has a wealth of shopping boutiques and craft shops.

The progressive Kilkenny Arts Festival with visual art exhibitions, drama and music performances, takes place each August, but for a belly-full of laughs, visit the city during the Cats Laugh Festival in June.

Sparkling Crystal at Waterford Crystal Showrooms

Waterford Crystal has traditionally extended a warm welcome to visitors from around the world to its factory showrooms at it home in Waterford City.

Tours are given of the production areas where the famous crystal is actually made, with an audio visual presentation, tracing the ancient craft of glassmaking to the present day.

Home of JFK

Located an hour's drive from Dungarvan, the birthplace of the late John F. Kennedy's great-grandfather, the JFK Ancestral Home offers visitors an audio-visual presentation and guided tour through the historical setting of the Kennedy legacy.

Nearby is a memorial arboretum, formally dedicated to the memory of John. F. Kennedy (President of the United States 1961 - 1963). A miniature railway runs during the Summer months and families enjoy, not only the beautiful gardens, but also the picnic area and play unit for children.