Top Ten Things to Do in Kilkenny With Kids

Nore Valley Camping Park Playground and Chalets

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 in Kilkenny with Kids, 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. NB 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 playground.

You might also enjoy reading: Great Family Walks in Kilkenny

#2. Nore Valley Park Farm

nore valley park activitiesNore Valley Park in Kilkenny offers everything you need for a family day out, a celebration or a break away from it all. From interactive encounters with the animals, to attractive camping facilities, to fun activities suited to all ages, Nore Valley Park is perfect for occupying an afternoon, or for spending a week or more. Owned and run by the Harper family since 1989 and with the tag line ‘where memories are made’ find out why Nore Valley Park is a family destination with a difference

#3.  Castlecomer Discovery Park

Castlecomer Tree Top Walk

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, do some fun tree top activities and spend some time in the adventure playground.

Related: Summer Picnic Recipes

#4. Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum

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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.

You might also enjoy reading Best Picnic Places 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

kells priory

Explore the ruins of Kells Priory which date from the 12th century. The site is fully enclosed by the monastic wall, incorporating 7 towers and many defensive features.

#7. Dunmore Cave

Dunmore Caves

Take a tour of the fascinating limestone Dunmore Cave. Consisting of a series of chambers formed over millions of years, the cave contains some of the finest calcite formations found in any Irish cave.

#8. Kilkenny City Road Train

kilkenny road train tours

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.

#9. The Watershed

kids swimming

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

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Visit Jenkinstown Park and follow one of the marked walking trails, have a picnic and enjoy the views. There is a herd of deer in the walled garden area off the main car park, and don’t miss the unusual round threshing mill building in the green.

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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