Things to do in Kilkenny-Adults

Kilkenny Castle: Just a two minute walk from the Ormonde Hotel, a visit to the Castle is a must. Information packs provided on a self-guided tour with trained guides to assist along the way. www.kilkennycastle.ie Tel: 056- 770 4100

Rothe House: Rothe House is a unique example of an early 17th century merchant’s townhouse in Ireland. Built between 1594 and 1610, Rothe House is steeped in rich local and national history. Self-guided tours daily. www.rothehouse.com. Tel: 056- 772 2893.

Tynan Walking Tours: Enjoy an hour’s walking tour through Kilkenny, accompanied by a humorous & informative guide. A popular way to get to know the medieval capital of Ireland & to spot the best shops to explore Tel: Pat Tynan 087-265-1745.

Kytlers Traditional Irish Music & Bodhrán Session: Mondays & Tuesday from 6.30pm teaches any visitor how to play the bodhrán (Ireland’s native drum) as well as interesting information about the history of the drum – might.. Free of charge. Live music every night. www.kytelersinn.com. Tel: 056-772 1064

The Smithwicks Experience: Take a tour of St. Francis Abbey Brewery & discover the story behind Ireland’s most popular ale. Tour takes 1 ½ hours & includes a complimentary drink in the cellar Bar. Learn how passionate they are about pouring the perfect pint and enjoy the authentic taste of Ireland. Weather permitting, the tours times are: 12.30 / 1.00 / 3.00 / 3.30pm. For Over 18’s only & must be pre-booked. Phone: 056-779 6498.

Canice’s Cathedral and Tower: A site for Christian worship led by St. Canice in the 6th century. One of two medieval round towers in Ireland that can be climbed, the 9th century tower offers the best views of the city. To check for opening hours www.stcanicescathedral.com. Tel: 056 7764971.

Kilkenny Cycling Tours offers you the opportunity to visit historical and cultural sites around Kilkenny. 2 hour guided city tour or dull day bike hire. www.kilkennycyclingtours.com or contact Jason: 086-8954961

The Kilkenny Hurling Experience: Experience firsthand the ancient Celtic game of Hurling. Visit Legends Hurling Museum. Introduction Video of the History of GAA, Tour of Nowlan Park. Bowl of fresh Irish Lamb Stew at Legends Hurling Bar www.thekilkennyway.com. Tel: +353 (0) 86-8171978

At Jerpoint Glass Studio you can really get close to the action! A small family fun glassblowing studio located in the picturesque valley of the Nore River. www.jerpointglass.com. Tel: 056- 7724350.

Nicholas Mosse Pottery: Discover hand crafted ceramics in the Do-It-Yourself studio or enjoy lunch surrounded by beautiful views. Pottery tours are; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday & take 30 minutes. Advanced bookings required. www.nicholasmosse.com. Tel: 056-7727505