Top 10 Things To Do in Kilkenny This Summer

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Here are the top ten fun things to do in Kilkenny this summer for everyone. From cooking classes and festivals to walking tours and sports. These fun adventures will give visitors a great introduction to all Kilkenny, the city and the county has to offer.

Kilkenny- 10 Things To Do This Summer

1. Kilkenny Castle 

No trip to Kilkenny is complete without a visit to its 13th-century medieval castle where history comes to life. The restored castle and grounds are spectacular and worthwhile spending an afternoon meandering through. The parkland is lovely on a fine day to ramble around. Bask in the beauty of the parkland on a sunny day, making your visit an unforgettable experience.

Kilkenny Castle

2. Smithwick Experience 

The Smithwicks Experience returns this summer and you can immerse yourself in the story of the famous Kilkenny beer.  There are three hundred years of brewing history to discover on the Smithwick’s tour. The tour includes a series of interactive and surprising experiences and ends with a taste of the finest Kilkenny ale. See here

3.  Jerpoint Abbey Guided Tour 

Admission includes a free guided tour of the partially restored monastic ruins with its magnificently sculptured cloister arcade. Visitors can learn about the history and stories of the Cistercian monks who lived in the 12th century Abbey. This partially restored monastic ruin exudes an aura of history that will transport you back in time, see here.

4. River Adventure on the Barrow 

Pure Adventure River Activities is based in the Barrow Valley in the picturesque village of Graiguenamanagh. Pure Adventure is a family-run business that offers outdoor activities. They include Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Paddle Boarding and Hill Walking activities to suit all ages and abilities, see here.

Barrow Canoeing

5.   Cycling Tour of Kilkenny Countryside

There are many historical sites and spots of natural beauty in and around Kilkenny’s stunning countryside. The best way to see them is on a cycling tour or hire a bicycle to explore yourself along the dedicated tracks. see here.

6.  Kilkenny Walking Tours 

Join local historian and history teacher, Pat Tynan for a city walking tour. Pat’s Walking Tour will bring to life the stories and characters of Kilkenny’s Medieval history. You can expect plenty of humour as you discover the hidden streets, and laneways of the city, see here.

7.  Nicholas Mosse Pottery and Lunch 

The crafty and creative will enjoy the tea room and treasure trove at the Nicholas Mosse Pottery shop. In addition, visitors can see pottery being made and learn from displays about the process, see here.  

Nicholas Mosse Pottery

8.  Experience a festival in Kilkenny 

From Kilkenny Arts Festival, Cat Laughs and Savour, Kilkenny brings the world to our doorstep. There is a great range of festivals for everyone to enjoy. So, whether you love food, comedy, arts or music, a visit to one of these annual events is a must-see here.

9.  Zipline at Castlecomer Discovery Park 

Ireland’s longest zip line at Castlecomer offers a daring and exhilarating adventure. Accompanied by the Octagon High Ropes Course, a challenging series of nets, ropes and wooden bridges. And there is also the less daring Tree-Top Adventure Walk Course, see here.

10. Cooking Class at Cakeface Patisserie 

The Cakeface Cookery School on the Medieval Mile is designed to inspire the ‘Wil Wonka’ in us all. Classes are hands-on and relaxed. Choose from a range like Vegan Baking & Creating or an Afternoon Tea Master Class. There is a Cake Face Juniors 3-day Summer Camp this July, see here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Things to Do in Kilkenny

1. Are these activities suitable for families with children?

Absolutely! Kilkenny offers a diverse range of activities that cater to families of all ages. From castle exploration and river adventures to pottery visits and cooking classes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

2. How do I book these activities in advance?

Many of these activities offer online booking options through their respective websites. It’s recommended to check the availability and book in advance, especially during peak summer months.

3. Are guided tours available for all the mentioned attractions?

Yes, many attractions offer guided tours that provide insights into their history and significance. Guided tours add depth to your experience and ensure you don’t miss out on any details.

4. What’s the best way to explore Kilkenny’s countryside?

Exploring Kilkenny’s countryside on a cycling tour offers a unique blend of adventure and immersion. You can also rent a bicycle and navigate dedicated tracks to discover historical sites and natural beauty at your own pace.

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Joan Scales
Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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