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Top things to do in County Kilkenny
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County Kilkenny Holiday Guide
With around 100,000 inhabitants, at least a quarter of whom reside in the city of Kilkenny and its surrounds, County Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s more intimate counties. However, there is nevertheless an abundance of countryside and cultural activities to keep you entertained here. Enjoy one of Kilkenny ’s many breathtaking historic gardens and ancient castles. You could also make the most of some contemporary culture at one of the county’s many annual festivals. Lower lying than much of Ireland, Kilkenny is also ideal for exploring the Emerald Isle without having to conquer staggering peaks.
Flat enough for easy climbing but still hilly enough to offer interesting landscapes, why not head out on the leafy Brandon Hill Loop? This hike to County Kilkenny ’s highest peak starts and ends in the twee town of Graiguenamanagh . The route heads along woodland paths and moderate hills to the peak of Brandon Hill and back again. About seven miles long, and roughly five hours of hiking, the Brandon Hill Loop nevertheless presents a good challenge.
Rothe House in Kilkenny Town
Pay a visit to the bustling and historic city of Kilkenny. Here you can see Kilkenny Castle or enjoy a trip to the impressive Rothe House and Gardens. This is Ireland’s only 17th century merchant townhouse. Built during the reign of Elizabeth I, Rothe House oozes with ancient character and homes a museum with over 2,500 fascinating historical items. The garden, a 17th century replica, is a lovely place to rest awhile.
Gardens in Kilkenny
County Kilkenny is abundant with gardens besides those at Rothe House. There are breathtaking gardens on offer in Jenkinstown, Goresbridge and Paulstown – plus many more. Perhaps the best garden here, however, is Kilfane Glen in Thomastown . It’s impossible not to fall in love with this 18th century gem. Packed with wildflowers, tranquil resting spots, and with its own waterfall and stream, a visit to Kilfane Glen is like stepping into a fantasy land.
Festivals in County Kilkenny
Packed with craft food, tours, exhibitions and workshops, Kilkenny Medieval Week is a great way to learn about the county’s heritage. However, Kilkenny Arts Festival is probably the most well-known event here. Running since 1974, the festival is a hub of musical delights. Gardens, churches, country houses and other venues become the stage for a range of classical and traditional music performances. You’ll even find Shakespeare open-air theatre, so this is definitely one to add to the itinerary.
Dunmore Cave in County Kilkenny
Head underground into Kilkenny ’s prehistoric past with a visit to Dunmore Cave in Ballyfoyle, where you can explore limestone chambers, formed over millions of years. These eerie caves were even the site of a Viking battle, so the history here is bloody as well as beautiful. The tour is extremely affordable and your guide will really bring the caves to life.
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The Advantages of County Kilkenny Weekend Breaks
Discover a different side of the British Isles with a weekend break in County Kilkenny. Take short breaks away from home and enjoy some quality time in a beautiful place. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and inspired. You can have an action-packed County Kilkenny weekend break or get some peace with a relaxing holiday. Whatever experience you’re looking for, find it with our deals on hotels in County Kilkenny.
Cheap Weekend Breaks to County Kilkenny
There are lots of ways to take cheap weekend breaks to County Kilkenny. Expedia offers deals on car hires and hotel rooms and covers trips for all kinds of travellers. The best way to save is with our holiday packages in County Kilkenny. First, choose your car hire and hotel reservation. Then we’ll bundle them together into one discounted price. Solo explorers, couples, families, and groups of friends can discover budget solutions for their weekend breaks. Once you arrive, enjoy some of the fun things to do, many of which are free or cheap to experience.
County Kilkenny Romantic Weekend Breaks
Couples love taking romantic weekend breaks in County Kilkenny. Whisking your lover away for a romantic County Kilkenny weekend break is the perfect opportunity to make new memories together. Expedia offers all kinds of hotel options, so you can find romantic hotels in County Kilkenny and choose the best place for you. Check out our deals on beautiful properties, and you’ll save even more when you choose to package your hotel reservation with a car hire.
Family Weekend Breaks in County Kilkenny
Set some time aside to experience family weekend breaks in County Kilkenny. There are plenty of excellent family-friendly hotels in County Kilkenny within our selection of hotels. You can also find a place to call home in one of the holiday rentals in County Kilkenny. With accommodation, activities, and adventure all waiting, there’s never been a better time to plan County Kilkenny family weekend breaks.