Kilkenny & Places of Interest
PLACES OF INTEREST
Within half an hours drive :-
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.
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.
Established in the C12th this is one of Irelands finest Cistercian ruins. According to local legend St Nicholas (or Santa Claus) is buried near the abbey.
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 Irelands 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
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 hours drive
Another mediaeval city with several historical sites to be visited. Perhaps best known for its 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 Irelands largest and best preserved castles.
Close to Cahir town this is a superb example of an early C19th cottage orne with its fairytale thatch and C19th Parisien wallpaper designed by John Nash
The Rock of Cashel which rises majestically over the town is one of Irelands 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 (½ hour)
Kilmokea New Ross (1 hour)
Lisnavagh Rathvilly (1 hour)
Mount Congreve Waterford (1 hour)
Mount Juliet Championship 8 miles
Kilkenny 18 holes 12 miles
Carrick on Suir 18 holes 15 miles
Castlecomer 9 holes 22 miles
Gowran Park ½ hour
Punchestown 1½ hours
Clonmel ½ hour
Limerick Junction 1 hour
The Curragh 1½ hours
Cashel 1 hour
Tramore 1 hour
Kilkenny Arts Week 3rd week August
Kilkenny Cat Laughs Whit Weekend
Wexford Opera Festival
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.
There are a growing number of good restaurants in the area within ½ hours drive sadly none are within walking distance but taxis can be arranged
Other activities that can be arranged in the area :-
Trout and Salmon Fishing
Ballaghtobin, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
Tel :- + 353 (0)56-25227 - Fax :- +353 (0)56 25712