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Things To Do In Kilkenny

The 4 star Newpark Hotel in 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

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 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.

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.

Shopping in Kilkenny City

Kilkenny is a hub of shopping streets. Whether you’re looking for high-street stores, higher-end buys, artisan crafts or vintage finds, you’re sure to discover what you need. The team at the Newpark Hotel have shared their favourite shopping spots here.

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 Petting Farm

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.

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. There are currently four renowned golf courses within driving distance of the Newpark Hotel, the Callan Golf Club, the Castlecomer Golf Club, the Gowran Golf Club and the Kilkenny Golf Club.

Book Your Stay

The 4 star Newpark Hotel provides the perfect base from which to explore Kilkenny City and County. Situated on 40 acres of rolling parkland, the estate has so much to offer including:

  • Located just 1 hour 30 minutes from Dublin Airport
  • 130 luxurious guestrooms 
  • Escape Spa with outdoor infinity pool
  • Scott's Bar & Bistro serving gourmet food using the best of local produce
  • Gulliver's Restaurant
  • Complimentary bike hire available
  • Complimentary on-site car parking

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