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Kilkenny & Places of Interest


Within half an hour’s drive :-

Kilkenny City

Recognised as the mediaeval Capital of Ireland this beautiful city is a fascinating place to visit. St Canices Cathedral , Kilkenny Castle, Black Abbey, Rothe House, Shee Alms House to name just a few of the historical sites. A wide range of good shops, pubs and restaurants make a visit to Kilkenny a must.

Kells Priory

Situated on the Kings River amidst rich farmland, this C12th site is a complete walled area connecting seven dwelling towers, inside which are the bones of as Augustinian abbey.

Jerpoint Abbey

Established in the C12th this is one of Ireland’s finest Cistercian ruins. According to local legend St Nicholas (or Santa Claus) is buried near the abbey.

Dunmore Caves

These limestone caves were described in ancient annals as the darkest place in Ireland. Stalactites,stalagmites and columns, including the six metre Market Cross stalagmite are well presented.


A tiny hamlet on the River Nore - has two of Ireland’s most renowned potteries – Stoneware Jackson and Nicholas Mosse. Also home of the famous Chesneau Leather.


Just outside the town is the neat thatched cottage where Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers was born

Brod Tullaroan

Ten miles. from Callan the Brod Tullaroan homestead incorporates a C17th Thatched  Mansion, the Lory Meagher Museum of Hurling and the Grace Cultural Centre.


Ormond Castle is the finest surviving Tudor manor house in Ireland When Black Tom Butler died, the 10th Earl of Ormonde, the Ormondes abandoned Carrick for Kilkenny.

Within an hour’s drive


Another mediaeval city with several historical sites to be visited. Perhaps best known for it’s famous Waterford Crystal, situated two km out of the town on the Cork Road.


A Heritage Town which is the site of Cahir Castle which is one of Ireland’s largest and best preserved castles.

Swiss Cottage

Close to Cahir town this is a superb example of an early C19th ‘cottage orne’ with it’s fairytale thatch and C19th Parisien wallpaper designed by John Nash


The Rock of Cashel which rises majestically over the town is one of Ireland’s greatest historical sites. The town has a folk museum, Irish music centre and a library with some rare manuscripts, also some lovely pubs and restaurants.


Kilfane – Thomastown ( hour)

Kilmokea – New Ross (1 hour)

Lisnavagh – Rathvilly (1 hour)

Mount Congreve – Waterford (1 hour)



Callan 18 holes – 2 miles

Mount Juliet Championship – 8 miles

Kilkenny 18 holes – 12 miles

Carrick on Suir 18 holes – 15 miles

Castlecomer 9 holes – 22 miles

Horse Racing

Gowran Park hour

Punchestown 1 hours

Clonmel hour

Limerick Junction 1 hour

The Curragh 1 hours

Cashel 1 hour

Tramore 1 hour


Kilkenny Arts Week 3rd week August

Kilkenny Cat Laughs Whit Weekend

Wexford Opera Festival

Craft Trail

The famous Kilkenny Crafts Trail is close by; it includes Stoneware Jackson Pottery, Nicholas Mosse Pottery, Chesneau Leather Goods, Rudolf Heltzel Jewellery and Jerpoint Glass.

Eating Out

There are a growing number of good restaurants in the area within hours drive – sadly none are within walking distance but taxis can be arranged

Other activities that can be arranged in the area :-

Horse Riding


Trout and Salmon Fishing





Ballaghtobin, Callan, Co. Kilkenny

Tel :- + 353 (0)56-25227 - Fax :- +353 (0)56 25712


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