Traveling in 2020 is limited in many ways, but also exciting as we get to adventure around our magnificent little island again and explore the many wonders awaiting us. Kilkenny is a medieval city in southeast Ireland, part of the famous Ancient East tourist area of Ireland. The ideal location for your next staycation!
1. Kilkenny is a city full of rich history
Tourism is no stranger to Kilkenny, you can rest assured the city is safe and prepared to cater to tourism in 2020 when the right time arises. Home to Kilkenny Castle, this remarkable building was constructed in 1195 by the Normans and has many delightful activities, playgrounds, and shops nearby to keep the whole family occupied.
For those who prefer gallery and museum typesetting, make sure to get your Medieval Mile Pass as you’ll enjoy free entry into many of the city’s attractions and discounts in many local cafes and bars.
One of the best and most fascinating tourist attractions in Kilkenny, the Medieval Mile Museum, is based in the centre of the city. The building itself is a 13th-century church & graveyard featuring interesting medieval sculptures and ancient tombs. As well as the gorgeous architecture of the medieval church, inside you will find a literal treasure trove of artifacts dating back 800 years plus. It’s a fascinating insight into the lives we lived in Medieval Ireland.
2. Love golfing? We’ve got you covered
Golf is one of the first sports to be allowed back in 2020, with strict social distancing and gradual reopening. 2020 Irish Open, the largest golf competition in Ireland, was scheduled to be played in the stunning Mount Juliet Golf Course before having to be canceled with all other large national events. Hosting the most prestigious Irish golfing event shows the caliber of this golf course.
For the golfing enthusiast, many other golf courses and driving ranges of different price levels also await you nearby. If you wish to play, please ensure these facilities are open to the public and visitors before making your booking.
3. Kilkenny is perfect for your family adventures
Kilkenny is abundant with parks and family activities nearby.
- Nowlan Park
Have you or your family ever tried your hand at hurling? If not, it’s one of those uniquely Irish sports that needs to be experienced to be believed. Schedule your visit to Kilkenny to coincide with a match in Nowlan Park to witness our multi-All Ireland-winning hurling team in action. This exciting sport is one of the backbones of Kilkenny’s culture and history, something we are immensely proud of and we wear the black and amber proudly. Hon the Cats!
- Castlecomer Discovery Park
Castlecomer Discovery Park is about 20-minutes outside of the city but it’s definitely worth the drive when you see the array of fantastic activities available. This old coal-mining town now contains one of Kilkenny’s finest outdoor adventure playgrounds. The park contains the longest zip line in Ireland, a dizzying treetop walk, a climbing wall, as well as archery, fishing, and kayaking so you certainly won’t be bored!
- Dunmore Caves
Dunmore Caves are a fantastic family adventure, exciting for both young and old alike. You are guided through this maze of limestone caves, in near darkness by a knowledgeable and experienced guide who is on hand to answer any questions your little explorers may come up with. The caves are just 10-minutes outside of the city and can be explored by families for as little as €13.00, a small price to pay for an afternoon of history and fun. Watch out for the bats!
Kilkenny awaits you, your family, and friends this year, with so much to do and see, you will have a fun-packed holiday!
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a travel-savvy writer for The Hoban Hotel Kilkenny, a world-class hotel for business and leisure travel, offering exceptional accommodation and dining experiences in Ireland’s historic marble city. When she’s not taking vibrant street photos, you can find her writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle.