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Information about things to in Kilkenny City





Holiday activities in Kilkenny City and County

Wallslough Village is an ideal location for a holiday, a short break or even just a weekend. Located in the sunny South East the area is packed with activities for the visitor with something to keep everyone happy. Here are just some of the activities on offer. Each cottage has a customer information pack full of details of things to do and places to go to make your holiday one to remember.

Pictures of Kilkenny City

 

Angling

Wallslough Village has its very own beautiful natural lake set in a raised depression in the landscape (known as a perched lake because it is higher than the surrounding countryside). The lake is stocked with coarse fish, the banks of the lake are covered with wild flowers and the lake itself attracts a myriad of wild birds including resident coots, moorhens, families of various breeds of ducks and frequent visits from swans and herons. This is a peaceful and beautiful haven where you can admire the wildlife or do some angling. Angling is free of charge to guests of Wallslough Village.

Click here for more information on angling at Wallslough, Co. Kilkenny

 

Soccer

Wallslough Village has an indoor sports arena on site with 3 synthetic grass surface pitches (each 30m x 20m). The pitches are ideal for 5 or 6-a-side soccer, hurling and Camogie, Gaelic football and rugby and they are available for a small charge to guests of Wallslough Village self-catering cottages. Kilkenny Arena They provide perfect entertainment for parties, family reunions, in fact any event at all and they are suitable for all abilities. So, whatever the Irish weather brings there is always something to do at Wallslough Village!

 

Airsoft

Kilkenny Airsoft at Wallslough Village is the only active indoor licenced shooting range in the whole of Ireland. The facilities are there to cater for everyone, from experienced shooters to those who have never held a gun before. Special packages are on offer for families (all participants must be 13 or older), birthday parties and even hen and stag parties.Drinks and food are of course available, and the location in Wallslough Village is both convenient – just 3km from Kilkenny city centre – and beautiful. People are travelling there from all over the country to experience the range’s super-fun activities. For more information visit:  www.kilkennyairsoft.com 

Tourist attractions

The beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny is just 3 miles from Wallslough Village and has no shortage of tourist attractions. In the city itself there is Kilkenny Castle and park; a 12th century castle and National Heritage site, St Canice’s Cathedral (1285) and round tower, Rothe House Museum; a restored Tudor merchant’s house and garden and the Black Abbey founded in 1255 and one of Ireland’s oldest churches. Outside the city is Duiske Abbey (1204) in Graiguenamanagh, Dunmore limestone cave, the Discovery Park in Castlecomer with walks, angling lakes, Footprints in the Coal interactive mining museum and crafts village, Jerpoint Abbey; the finest Cistercian monastic ruins in Ireland, Reptile Village, Kells Priory; Augustinian priory ruins, Woodstock gardens; 50 acres complete with arboretum and Monkey Puzzle walk and Kilfane Glen and waterfall; romantic woodland garden dating back to 1790.

 

Festivals and events

Kilkenny, Ireland’s Marble City is well known as a city of culture and there are festivals and events throughout the year. The annual highlights are the Rhythm and Roots International Music Festival in May, the Kilkenny Cats Laughs International Comedy Festival in June and the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August, but also not to be missed are local music, dancing, heritage and agricultural festivals throughout the year. In addition this year Kilkenny is marking its 400th birthday as a City with a variety of public celebrations.

View list of upcoming events in Kilkenny.

 

Sports

As well as facilities at Wallslough Village (the indoor sports arena ideal for 5 or 6-a-side soccer and the coarse angling lake), there is a wide range of sporting activities locally with something to suit everyone. There is a ten-pin bowling alley, The Watershed (a new leisure centre, opened in 2008 with 3 swimming pools, gym and sauna), an equestrian centre offering cross-country pony trekking, canoeing, paintball, kart racing and horseracing at Gowran Park.

For the keen angler Kilkenny has two rivers; the Suir and the Nore and lessons can be arranged with local anglers.

For the golfers there are a number of golf courses including Mount Juliet; a par 72 course designed by Jack Nicklaus, a golf driving range and a pitch and putt course.

For anyone into walking there are several walks within a short driving distance including Mount Leinster, Slievenamon and a walking route along the river Nore.

 

Arts & Crafts

Kilkenny is renowned throughout Ireland for its arts and crafts. There is a craft trail that takes you around the county visiting local crafts people at work including Jerpoint glass hand glass blowers, Chesneau hand made leather bags, Nicholas Mosse spongeware pottery and Moth to a Flame hand made candles. Kilkenny city is also home to the National Crafts Centre; the national showcase for contemporary Irish crafts, the Kilkenny Design Centre offering an unrivalled selection of Irish handcrafted gifts and the Kilkenny Castle is home to the Butler Art Gallery for modern art.

 

Food & Drink

With almost 80 pubs in Kilkenny there is no shortage of watering holes. Many have regular traditional Irish and modern live music sessions. There are a wide variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets available in the city from Irish to Indian and everything in between.

 

Shopping

Kilkenny is a great place for anyone who enjoys shopping with a wide variety of local unique shops as well as national and international shops. Kilkenny’s High Street, with its traditional, brightly painted shop fronts, is where it all happens and is full of atmosphere. For a more contemporary feel the new MacDonagh Junction (a converted workhouse and still retaining the original stonework) is a modern, covered shopping centre with a central square packed with continental style cafes.

 

There is a comprehensive visitors information pack in the cottages packed with information on what is available locally so that guests can make the most of their stay in Wallslough Village.