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What's on in Kilkenny over the Midterm Break

Some of the best things to do and see in Kilkenny this autumn


Castlecomer Discovery Park
For families, whether you're on for an adrenalin filled day or a gentler walking trail followed by a picnic, then Castlecomer Discovery Park is the ideal place. The 80-acre activity park features a wide range of exhilarating activities for all ages, from the fun and challenging tree-top walk, high amongst the sycamore trees to archery and zip lines. For the younger children, there’s a playground, an elf and fairy village, a giant bouncing net and a Junior Woodland Adventure Course where children navigate a series of low-risk challenges, balancing and steering their way through the obstacles. A 'must see' too are the craft shops and café of the Estate Yard. Open every wwwknd till end November - activities must be pre-booked Find out more by visiitng the Discovery Park

Woodstock Gardens & Arboretum
The restored Victorian Woodstock Gardens  and Arboretm are located a scenic drive away, in the south east of Kilkenny just outside the picturesque village of Inistioge and are one of Ireland’s finest. The gardens, overlooking the River Nore Valley, offer visitors a wide variety of attractions including a super playground and walking trail  -  a relaxing and beautiful environment in which to spend a day with a picnic! The kids will love the Monkey Puzzle Avenue and Noble Fir Avenue. Why not download their children's Explorer Pack or for the more adventurous their Orienteering Course Map here Woodstock - things to do for families

National Reptile Zoo
Meet some of the world’s rarest and most unusual animals at Ireland’s only reptile zoo! Situated nnot far from the hotel in Kilkenny City, the National Reptile Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of these amazing creatures and their habitats. Open 10am to 6pm, seven days a week, year round, the zoo has over 50 exhibits, Animal Encounter Zone, Nocturnal Realm, Media Room, Education Rooms, Coffee Shop, Souvenir Shop and Play Area -  keep the entire family entertained and educated all at once! Visit: National Reptile Zoo

Boat Trips

Take a boat ride on the historic river Nore as it flows through Kilkenny city. Tours run approximately every half hour, each day throughout the Irish summer, April to October. Learn of the often unspoken and local history that the river holds. Witness the wildlife that thrive in the urban environment and that have shared the waterways with man for thousands of years. Boattrips guides are friendly, entertaining and possess a love for the job they do. You’ll find our boat trips relaxing, informative and most of all memorable. Visit: Boat Trips - Kilkenny Boats