There is so much to do and see in Kilkenny City and County for all the family and we are delighted to recommend all the best attractions and places to visit during your stay and the River Court is the perfect base to explore.
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Firstly, you will be spoilt when you stay at the Kilkenny River Court Hotel located right in the heart of Kilkenny City on the banks of the River Nore and just a stroll from all the major tourist attractions and entertainment. The Hotel is nestled away in a private courtyard providing you all with a wonderful relaxing stay. The Hotel has a limited amount of family rooms so we recommend that you book your Family Accommodation Package at Kilkenny River Court Hotel. Information on Family Rooms at the Hotel. To follow are some of Kilkenny’s most popular attractions!
Kilkenny Boat Trips are a fun activity for all the family or a group of friends. Running every half hour April to October this trip takes you all along the River Nore sharing history, beautiful scenery, and a fantastic adventure for all onboard. You can book directly with the hotel and avail of a discount as a guest of the Kilkenny River Court Hotel.
KILKENNY ACTIVITY CENTRE
One of Kilkenny's top fun attractions for groups, families and occasions looking to make their day out even more special. The Kilkenny Activity Centre’s activities are very varied and there is sure to be something to suit everyone from Splatball, Bubble Soccer, Paintball, and for the brave ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Assault Course.
CASTLECOMER DISCOVERY PARK
Visit Castlecomer Discovery Park, 30 hectares of mixed woodland in the south-east of Ireland just 20kms North of the medieval city of Kilkenny and 24kms from Carlow town. The visitor centre also plays host to a delightful gift shop and the superb Café Jarrow.
Open all year round the Discovery Park is an ideal location for a family day out, or for bus tours, school groups or individuals.
Ireland’s only Reptile Zoo, displaying snakes, lizards, tortoise, turtles, crocodiles, alligators, caiman, spiders, scorpions, frogs, salamanders and more. The Reptile Village even offers an interactive experience where you can get a little closer and even handle some of their animals! There is also a Tropical Walk Through Enclosures, Soft Play Area, Snack Bar, Indoor and Outdoor Picnic Area, Souvenir Shop and a Reptile Handling Zone to keep everyone in your family content.
KILKENNY CYCLING 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. Experience Irish hospitality while having an enjoyable easy-paced cycle around the medieval capital of Ireland with photo opportunities and historical information provided at each destination.
KILKENNY CITY TOURS BY TRAIN
Kilkenny Tourism has grown over the years and 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. While on board you will get a full commentary giving an historical and fascinating insight into the history of Kilkenny.
WARRINGTON TOP FLIGHT EQUESTRIAN
Top class, award winning Equestrian Centre - Indoor & Outdoor Arenas & Cross-Country course also available - located just minutes from the Hotel.
KILTORCAN RACEWAY KARTING CIRCUIT
All weather, outdoor circuit for events, parties, tuition and practice at Kiltorcan, 25 minutes’ drive south of Kilkenny city.
K BOWL KILKENNY
K Bowl Kilkenny is located within 3 minutes stroll from the hotel and is a great choice for family fun during your stay in Kilkenny for all the family from kids to adults all are guaranteed a fun experience
Choose from Bowling, K Zone play area and even mark your occasions with a party or group day out with fun bowling. Open 7 Days a week 11am - 10pm.
WALKS & TRAILS
Just behind the hotel is the start of this beautiful easy leisure paced walk. Its takes about 2 hours and takes you through beautiful woodland area, stretches by the river along by ancient mills and some gorgeous scenery enroute. We can provide maps and picnics from reception. This walk is highly recommended, and you can do a short part of the walk too if you prefer. Please speak to our reception team for more information.