Tipperary is a county of spectacular natural beauty with the Glen of Aherlow, the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle and the Vee Valley of particular note. It is a county famous for traditional music, hurling and bloodstock. In fact, the county is one of Ireland’s premier horseracing centres. Tipperary has some other fascinating places to visit, such as Mitchelstown Cave, one of Europe’s most spectacular and the captivating Brú Ború Cultural Centre, commemorating Brian Ború with a ‘cultural village’ celebrating Irish music, song, dance and theatre. A paradise for walkers, anglers, horse riders and heritage & culture lovers, take time to enjoy the great outdoors or simply soak up the atmosphere of this wonderful and welcoming county.
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A tour will bring you to the Picture Gallery Win, and around the nooks and crannies of the library, with its psychedelic colour scheme. Don’t feel like doing a tour? No problem: 500 years of history is condensed into a 12-minute film in the Medieval Room in the South Tower, and it's free – you only pay to go into the rest of the castle.
If you want to get under the skin of the fastest field sport in the world, then hook up with The Ultimate Hurling Experience Tour. After an explanation of the rules, you will be brought to an impeccably manicured pitch and handed a genuine ash hurley stick and a hard leather stitched ball known as a sliotar – the rest is up to you.
The 13th-century Black Abbey is a world of candlelit serenity, with the largest rosary window of its kind in Ireland. Depicting the life of Christ, it contains an astonishing 10,000 pieces of ruby and sapphire glass – all taken out and restored by the Abbey Stained-Glass Company. That’s a jigsaw we’re glad they called in the experts for
Just a short distance from Black Abbey is the medieval jewellery box of Rothe House and Garden, a restored 16th-century Tudor home, where archaeologists recently found the remains of an earlier medieval townhouse (thought to be the “city pad” of the Abbot of nearby Duiske Abbey).
Artists and craftspeople work in studios all around Kilkenny city. Renowned potter Nicholas Mosse creates his elegant pieces here, and the Kilkenny Design Centre anchors the city’s retail scene with a stunning collection of jewellery, knitwear, Celtic gifts, china, crystal and pottery. And don’t miss the National Craft Gallery at Castle Yard, previously home to the stables and coach houses of Kilkenny Castle, where you can watch clay workers in action, or have a go yourself.
Want to know what a snake really feels like or how a chameleon catches it's prey? Reptile Village Zoo, Ireland's only reptile zoo is the place to be! With over 100 different animals and more than 50 species on display, from Alligators to Tortosie and Toads to Pythons, there is something for everyone.
This charming route takes you through many picturesque towns along the rivers Barrow, Nore and Slaney. Kilkenny City is the perfect set off point, where the fully restored Anglo Norman Kilkenny Castle looms magnificent over the River Nore. From there follow the Nore Valley to the pretty town of Inistioge where the Hollywood film Circle of Friends was shot. Continue on to New Ross in Co Wexford home to the Dunbrody Famine ship, JFK Arboretum, Ros Tapestry and Kennedy Homestead. From New Ross, travel the N30 to Enniscorthy, overlooked by the 1798 battle site of Vinegar Hill, where you can visit the National 1798 Rebellion Centre. To the north on the N80, Bunclody is an attractive market town at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains. Continue on to Goresbridge, a scenic spot popular for river cruising and angling while Gowran is an important ecclesiastical heritage site. Return to Kilkenny via the N10.
From the heritage city of Kilkenny, with many ancient visitor attractions such as St Canice’s Cathedral, take the R691 towards Cashel stopping at The Commons, a small settlement with many memorials to sporting, musical and patriotic natives of the area. Continue through the towns of Ballingarry, the scene of the young Irelanders’ rising in 1848, Killenaule and Fethard and on to the heritage town of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster and home of the mighty Rock of Cashel. From Cashel drive south along the N8 to the heritage town of Cahir, where the magnificent 13th century Cahir Castle sits on an island in the River Suir. Nearby attractions include the Swiss Cottage. Clonmel and the Ormond Castle in Carrick-on-Suir these are bustling towns and home to many popular visitor attractions. Head north from Carrick on Suir to Windgap and Callan, and then back to Kilkenny City. Find out more at:
Kilkenny has long been associated with creativity and design and its reputation for great craft is encapsulated in the MADE in Kilkenny Craft Trail which includes a selection of its most renowned potters, jewellers and craftspeople working in willow, glassblowing, stonecarving and weaving; many of whom you can visit in their own studios. Stroll the leafy lanes of O’Gorman’s Lane Loop and visit a candlemaker or the renowned Nicholas Mosse Pottery Studios in the old flour mill in Bennettsbridge. Start or end your river walk with a stroll through Thomastown with its village cafés; and pottery like Karen Morgan’s Porcelain Studio. If you’re on your bike on the East Kilkenny Cycle route, you’ll pass through Graiguenamanagh – drop in to 13th century Cistercian monastery of Duiske Abbey and take in a visit to Cushendale Woollen Mills; where the Cushen family have been weaving throws for generations. For foodies, the TASTE of Kilkenny Food Trail suggests visits to organic orchards, a trout farm, and everything from artisan cheesemakers, cute cafés and chocolatiers, to the most cosmopolitan of city restaurants. Find out more at:
Tucked away in Kilkenny’s most tranquil spots, you’ll find some of the finest and most luxurious spas in the world. These sanctuaries of calm and pampering combine the nourishment of the island’s natural resources, such as mineral-rich seaweeds, with cutting-edge treatments from around the world. Throw in a good dose of that famous Irish hospitality, and you have a spa getaway that is pretty much unforgettable.
From internationally renowned courses to welcoming local clubs in every corner of the country, Ireland is a golfer's paradise. From green parkland to rugged coastal links and everything in between, there is a course to suit every skill level from beginner to pro and, now more than ever before, every budget.
The City Bar and Grill at the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel is a very relaxing and warm restaurant full of atmosphere and character.The Hibernian Bar is a casual dining alternative to City Bar & Grill and is open for morning coffee & scones, lunch, afternoon tea.
TASTE of Kilkenny invites you to use this trail to discover the countryside farms and city restaurants where you can sample their goods, whether you are local to the area or are visiting on holiday. Whether it’s artisan cheese-makers, farmers, small-holders or fine city restaurants, all of the members look forward to meeting you. They’ll invite you to taste their mouth-watering delights or show you how they produced their goods.
The Rising Sun, Mullinavat, County Kilkenny was originally an ‘ale house’ built in 1644 during the Cromwellian era. Today, the Rising Sun offers an all day food service including breakfast, carvery lunch, a bar menu and an a la carte menu. Location: Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny Telephone: +353 (0)51 898173
Influenced by the Gulf Stream, Ireland has a mild temperature climate with summer temperatures generally ranging from 14 to 16 degrees Celsius(60-70 Fahrenheit). The temperatures are generally around 10 degrees Celsius (50 degree Fahrenheit) in Spring and Autumn and between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius (30-40 degrees Fahrenheit) in Winter. For regional forecasts, please consult www.met.ie
EU Citizens are entitled to free hospital treatment in a public ward and should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (which replaced the old E111 form) prior to departure. For further details see www.ehic.ie. Private medical insurance is advised for Visitors from non-EU countries. St. Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny Tel: +353 56 778 5000 Our Lady’s Hospital, Cashel, Co. Tipperary Tel: +353 62 61022 St. Joseph’s Hospital, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary Tel: +353 52 617 7000