Fun Summer Ideas for Families in Kilkenny

There is plenty of fun to be had for families & kids during Summer in Kilkenny with great activities, festivals & events and summer camps:

Castlecomer Discovery Park

castlecomer discovery park treetop walkSet in the former grounds of the Wandesford Estate, Castlecomer Discovery Park is located just under 20km north of Kilkenny City.

It comprises 80 acres of stunning natural woodland and lakes. This relatively ‘young’ park opened to the public in 2007 with the launch of the Coal Mining Exhibition, Visitor Centre and Design Craft studios which are located in the former stable yard.

This beautiful Park continues to evolve and is actively developing a range of exciting recreational, cultural and educational activities for visitors of all ages.

Recently launched attractions include a Tree Top Adventure Walk, a ‘Leap of Faith’ experience and a Climbing Wall. 

Easy Family Walks in Kilkenny

Nore Walk

Go for a walk on the wild side by walking along the Nore, hiking up the hills, strolling through the Parks and Gardens. There are numerous routes to choose from.

Kilkenny Castle Park

Jump on the Trail Kilkenny bus to Bennettsbridge at Padmore & Barnes, Wolfe Tone Street on a Saturday morning and walk back along the Nore.

Kilkenny Castle Park has extensive parkland, woodland walks & a superb children’s playground and is open until 8.30pm during the summer. 

Mountain Grove

Mountain Grove, Piltown is a marked walk along trails through pretty woodlands and is more suitable for older children.

Coill an Fhaltaigh

The millennium forest, Coill an Fhaltaigh, is signposted off the Callan Road from Kilkenny and is suitable for all the family. You can find where your family’s Millennium tree is planted!

The Slips

Explore the Slips – the narrow walkways that connect High Street with surrounding streets. There are lots of hidden treasures to be discovered!

Trains & Tours

Kilkenny City Road Train

Why not take a spin on the Kilkenny City Road Train, which departs adjacent the Design Centre, The Parade, Kilkenny.  It’s a great way to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of this bustling City. 

Tynan Walking Tour and Kilkenny Cycling Tours

Find out more about Medieval Kilkenny City by taking a Tynan Walking Tour, or why not hire bikes or even take a Kilkenny Cycling Tour? Tours can be tailored to suit all ages. 

Fun Outings near Kilkenny

Dunmore Caves

Venture out to the fascinating limestone Dunmore Caves. The OPW Family Heritage Card offers great value for families visiting various sites and can be bought at this or any one of the other Heritage sites in the county. It guarantees free admission to all their fee-paying sites nationwide.

Nore Valley Park

Spend a day at Nore Valley Park’s Open Farm near Bennettsbridge. The kids will love feeding the animals. There are lots of other activities available on site too.  Mykidstime has a special offer as well for families, so be sure to check that out before you visit. 

Kilkenny Historic Sites

Visit some of the county’s historic and heritage sites. There are many to choose from, including The Black Abbey, Kells Priory, Jerpoint Park, St Canice’s Cathedral and Rothe House & Gardens.

Take a stroll around some of the county towns and discover little gems like Thomastown, Inistioge and Graiguenamanagh.

Kilkenny Picnic Spots

Have a picnic at Jenkinstown Wood, Castlecomer Discovery Park or Woodstock, Inistioge.  You can buy picnic lunches at the Jarrow Café at the Discovery Park.

Kilkenny Canoe or Kayaking

Take a canoe or kayaking trip in Kilkenny city or Graiguenamanagh. 

Kilkenny Hurling

It wouldn’t be summer in Kilkenny without watching a hurling match. You can also see The Kilkenny Senior hurling team train at Nowlan Park on various weekday evenings. Buy a hurl and sliotar and have a poc around in any open space. 

Summer Camps

We have some fantastic Summer Camps in Kilkenny to occupy the kids during the holidays:

Summer Festivals & Events in Kilkenny

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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.