The great thing about a staycation is that there are countless, incredible things to see and do within a short driving distance. However, half the battle is knowing what to expect and choosing the best ones!
We’ve rounded up a list of five great experiences in Kilkenny to add to everyone’s bucket list to make for a memorable trip away with friends or family.
1. Jerpoint Abbey Guided Tour
Included in the admission fee, is a free guided tour of the partially restored monastic ruins with its magnificently sculptured cloister arcade and exhibition centre is an exemplary experience of Ireland’s Ancient East, and will leave visitors feeling empowered and informed about the history and stories of the Cictersian monks who called the Abbey home in the 12th century.
2. Cycling Tour of Kilkenny Countryside with Graiguenamanagh Bike Hire
There are innumerable historical sites and spots of natural beauty in and around Kilkenny’s stunning countryside, that are best visited on a cycling tour, whether a keen cyclist or not. Ride at your own pace, and see another side to Kilkenny in your own time and in your own sequence, for what is often said to be the crowning glory of any trip to Kilkenny.
3. Zipline at Castlecomer Discovery Park
Ireland’s longest zip line at Castlecomer offers a daring and exhilarating adventure! Accompanied by the Octagon High Ropes Course, a challenging series of nets, ropes and wooden bridges, as well as the less daring Tree-Top Adventure Walk Course, this adventure park offers a host of experiences for every ability and age.
4. Kilkenny Activity Centre
The Kilkenny Activity Centre is a purpose built 5-acre activity centre which is bursting with activities to suit every pursuit. From two bubble soccer fields and four paintball arenas, to the ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ outdoor assault course, as well as splat ball, giant darts, and loads, loads more! This is a wonderfully exciting day out for the entire family and a great way to put new skills to the test!
5. Racing at Kiltorcan Raceway
From the very moment you arrive at Kiltorcan Raceway, the team are on hand to make you feel welcome. With world-class facilities and equipment, they deliver an outstanding hospitality package that will delight you and your guests. Whether you’re new to karting or are an experienced driver, the state of the art karts paired with our outdoor super smooth 1000 metre, all weather, floodlit karting circuit will offer you the buzz of a lifetime.