Free Things to Do with Kids in Kilkenny

As parents we know how expensive it can be to entertain the kids, so we thought we would put together a list of things to do for free with the children. Yes, the things that are completely free of charge! Here’s our suggestions for the best things to do for free with kids in Kilkenny:

Kilkenny Playgrounds

There are some great playgrounds throughout the county.

Why not print the list and aim to visit them all over time? It’s an activity that is both free and good fun! Make sure to bring some snacks and drinks or a picnic lunch. Our current favourite is the one in Graiguenamanagh.

Related: Playgrounds in Kilkenny

Take a Walk and visit Gairdin An Ghorta

gairdinanghortaPut on your walking shoes (or hiking boots), pack a picnic and head out for a walk.  From strolling through a park or garden, to hiking through the woods, forests or hills – there is something to suit every family in Kilkenny. 

Visit Gairdin an Ghorta in Newmarket.  This is a garden of remembrance dedicated to the victims of the famine, and every single inch has been thoughtfully and carefully designed and selected.

You can give your family a self-guided tour using one of the brochures available at the Garden, or call ahead for a really informative tour by Criostoir O’Tuama.  I recommend the latter, as Criostoir is a wealth of knowledge, and as a retired primary school teacher he will tailor the information to keep the interest of all your children.

Spend an afternoon in the park.  There are many parks throughout Kilkenny city and county in which you can walk, play ball, picnic, and maybe even stop at the playground for a while.

Related: Great Family Walks in Kilkenny

Cycling in Kilkenny

Take out your bicycles and get active. Follow an established cycle trail or find an off-road route.

We like to bring our bikes to the Bishop’s Meadows or down the Canal Walk as there’s a playground in the Castle Park en route.  You can find other places to go on Trail Kilkenny or the Coillte Outdoors Website.

Kilkenny Libraries

Visit your local library and find out what classes and events they run throughout the year.  Your local library branch is a wonderful, free, resource for families.

All libraries host very popular, annual summer reading programmes while many of the branches run or host parent and toddler groups, storytelling sessions, arts and crafts classes, book clubs, games and activities sessions, exhibitions and so on.

Not to mention the fact that there is free computer access and the option to borrow books, music and DVDs!  For a change of scenery, why not visit a different branch?

Related: Libraries in Kilkenny.

Go Orienteering

Kilkenny Castle now offers orienteering with 3 distances: Short (1.8km), Medium (2.4km) and Long (3.5km), available for FREE to download.

The orienteering course is open to all, families, individuals, clubs, schools and is a great way to explore the flora and fauna of Kilkenny Castle Park whilst enjoying the exercise in beautiful surroundings. There is also a small area of the Canal Walk involved in the courses.

History & Heritage in Kilkenny

Visit one of Kilkenny’s historic and heritage sites like Aghaviller Church and Round Tower, Killamery Church and High Cross, and Kells Priory to name just a few.

A number of Heritage Ireland Sites have FREE admission on the first Wednesday of every month so why not take advantage and visit.

Related: OPW Free Days

Check out our Events page regularly for free events and festivals happening around the county.

Do you have a favourite spot to take the kids in Kilkenny that is free?  Share it in the comments below.

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.