Top Ten Things to Do For Families in Kilkenny


There’s no shortage of things to do for families in Kilkenny, so we’ve narrowed it down for you! Here’s our Mykidstime Top 10 things to do for families in Kilkenny, in no particular order.

#1. Kilkenny Castle

Spend a few hours in the lovely grounds of Kilkenny Castle. Families with older children can take a tour of the castle (while it is a great tour, it might not appeal so much to the younger ones).

Outside, there is plenty of space for picnics, playing ball and walking.  Bicycles are not allowed, and dogs must be kept on a leash.  You can also visit and feed the ducks in the wildlife sanctuary, and play in the colourful new playground.

Related: Great Family Walks in Kilkenny

#2. Nore Valley Park’s Open Farm

Feed lambs, goats, ducks and other animals at Nore Valley Park Open Farm near Bennettsbridge.  Or have fun at some of other activities including pedal go-karts, crazy golf and trailer rides.

Set in the stunning Nore Valley you can enjoy a peaceful river walk and nature trail. There are onsite Camping and Caravan facilities available.

#3.  Castlecomer Discovery Park

Spend a day at Castlecomer Discovery Park where you can follow the nature trails through the woodlands, do some fishing in the lakes, have a picnic or eat at the cafe in the visitor centre, and spend some time in the adventure playground.

Related: Summer Picnic Recipes

#4. Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum

See the great variety of enormous trees at Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum, just outside the picturesque village of Inistioge which is also well worth a visit!

Walk around the lovely gardens, have a picnic, or some refreshments at the tea rooms.

Related: Best Picnic Spots for Families in Kilkenny

#5. The Reptile Village

Check out the snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodiles and more at Reptile Village in Gowran – Ireland’s only reptile zoo!

#6. Kells Priory

Explore the ruins of Kells Priory which date from the 15th century.

#7. Dunmore Caves

Take a tour of the fascinating limestone Dunmore Caves. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by them.

Related: Heritage Ireland

#8. K-Bowl

Go bowling at K-Bowl in MacDonagh Junction.

#9. The Watershed

Go for a splash in the Watershed which offers something for all the family – a 25m lane pool, a 5m learner pool, and a Fun Pool for the kids.

Related: Rainy Day Activities in Kilkenny

#10. Jenkinstown Park

Visit Jenkinstown Park and follow one of the marked walking trails, have a picnic and enjoy the views.

Related: Best Outdoor Spots for Families in Kilkenny

Do you have a favourite place to go in Kilkenny with kids? Share it in the comments below.

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