Things to do in Kilkenny with children

Castle Park and Playground

A very short walk from the Ormonde Hotel. A perfect place to let the kids run wild. The park is open 9am til 8.30pm over the Summer and boasts a woodland walk and lake area where you can feed the ducks. There is also a great children’s playground with Astroturf. Admission to the park is FREE.

Go with the Flow River Adventures

A very short walk from the Ormonde Hotel. Exciting river adventures in Canadian canoes on the Nore River, suitable for all ages. All equipment supplied and instruction provided. Advance booking is mandatory. Monday to Thursday special: 2 adults and 2 kids €99. Friday: €35 per adult and €25 per child. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: €45 per adult and €35 per child. Contact Charlie on 087-252 9700.

Country Leisure and Activity Centre (Castlecomer Rd)

2km’s from Kilkenny City. Try your hand at long bow archery or clay pigeon shooting, fun for all ages. Open 10am til 6pm, 7 days a week. All equipment is provided. Saturday bookings are essential. €10per adult, €5 per child. Phone Mary on 056-776 1791.

Kilkenny Cycle Tours

Kilkenny Cycling Tours offers you the opportunity to visit historical and cultural sites around Kilkenny including Kilkenny Castle, The Kilkenny Design Centre, Shee Alms House, The Tholsel, St. Mary’s Church, Rothe House & Gardens, The Courthouse (Grace’s Castle), St. Francis’ Abbey, The Black Abbey and St. Canice’s Cathedral. Guided Tour, including bike and safety equipment (helmets, vests etc) €17.50. Lunch options available from €10. Family discounts available upon request. Bike rental prices start at €15 per day and can be rented from Kilkenny City or delivered to your reserved accommodation within the city and county limits. Phone: 086-895-4961.

Kilkenny City Tours

A fantastic way to view the city is to take the Kilkenny City road train. See historical sites like Kilkenny Castle, St. Canices Cathedral, Rothe House and much more. The tour starts off at Kilkenny Castle and brings you on a 25 minute tour of the Medieval Kilkenny City. First departure 10am, last departure 6pm departing from Kilkenny Castle. 2 adults and 2 children €20, adults €7, children €5, children under 3 are FREE. Be sure to get a leaflet at reception for your 25% discount.

Kbowl MacDonough Junction Shopping Centre

A 15 minute walk from the Ormonde Hotel. Family Entertainment centre with ten pin bowling, pool tables, air hockey, all the latest video games, FX simulator and Ireland’s only virtual mini golf. Phone: 056-778 8200

  • Thurs & Fri 6pm to close
  • All day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays
  • Off Peak Times:
  • Mon, Tue, Wed – All day
  • Thurs & Fri – 10am to 6pm

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The PlayStation

(15 min walk from The Ormonde Hotel). Located a short walk from Kbowl in MacDonough Junction Shopping Centre, The PlayStation is a perfect place to take the wee ones. With a massive indoor slides, 2 soccer fields and an upstairs Hurling tunnel, you children will be entertained for hours. Children 3 and under are €5, children 4 and over are €7. The PlayStation is opened 7 days a week, 10am til 6pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm til 6pm on Sundays.

Things to do Outside of Kilkenny City (transport is required):

Nore Valley Park Pet Farm and Activity Centre

Approximately 20 mins by car. Come and enjoy fun at the farm, a nostalgic trip to the past or a new experience in the idyllic Nore Valley. Take time out and stroll around the farm, allow the children to play in an interactive and relaxing setting. Bottle feed lambs or goats and feed ducks and turkeys as well as learn about your Irish heritage of farming. Take the R700 to Bennettsbridge. Just before bridge turn right at sign, then after 3.2km turn left at sign. 2 adults and 2 children €22. Farm entry from €6.50pp. Phone: 056-772 7229.

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Woodstock Gardens

Located just outside the beautiful village of Inistioge, in County Kilkenny, the Woodstock Gardens has a lovely playground for young ones aged 14 and under. There is also the beautiful Woodland walk where you can bring your own picnic and just enjoy the space to play and the view. It is €4 per car and open 9am til 7.30pm.

Castlecomer Discovery Park

20km’s north of Kilkenny. Set in the former gardens and stable yard of the Wandesforde Estate, visitors to Castlecomer Discovery Park can enjoy both indoor and outdoor experiences. The park is located less than 20km north of Kilkenny City. Activities from €5, family packages available. Please note: car parking fee of €2 per day applies for upkeep of the park. Phone: 056-444 0707

Jellie Tots Playcentre

If for some reason it’s not 26’C and sunny outside and you’re looking for some entertainment for your little one, look no further than Jellie Tots Playcentre. Located a 2 minute drive from Kilkenny’s city centre, Jellie Tots won’t disappoint. Open 7 days a week 10am til 6pm (excluding Sundays 12pm til 6pm). Children €7, under 2’s free with paying child. Adults are FREE. Phone: 056-771 5500

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Reptile Village. (Approximately 20 mins by car)

Ever wondered what a snake feels like? Or how much alligators eat? Reptile Village Zoo is an indoor facility displaying various species of snakes, lizards, crocodiles, frogs and spiders, with over 120 animals and 50 different species on display, it is Ireland’s only dedicated reptile zoo and well worth a visit. It is open 7 days a week from 10am til 6pm. 2 adults and 1 child is €27 (€3 for each additional child and €5 for each additional adult). Phone: 056-772 6757.

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