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If there's a single venue for bowling, celebrations, birthday parties and fun rides, it's Kbowl. With ten bowling lanes, five pool tables, a kids' play area and also a java cafe, the venue is a great place for games and snacks. There is a special kids' bowling area even. What's more, they have special tie-ups with local schools so that learning comes with fun! The Christmas party in this place is amazing, with unlimited bowling and a BYOB option. There's the Kzone that;s more of a family area with a lot of arcade games, dens, hurricane carts and more.
The Kilkenny Way is a tour which popularizes he national sport of Ireland. Little is known about hurling in the outside world, and The Kilknenny Way attempts to display to tourists about the age old game, which the locals enjoy with much enthusiasm. A guided tour takes you to the Legends Hurling Museum, followed by a tour of the Nowlan Park stadium, where you can try your hand at the sport as well.
This is the biggest kids-only shoe shop in Ireland and a lot of effort has gone into making the shop resemble a big playroom. The huge fish tank with over sized goldfish and a pirate-themed wall mural add to the friendly atmosphere of this specialist store. Major brands of children's shoes including Startrite, Clarks, Rucosta, Pablo and Elefanten are all available. Members of staff are all trained to skilfully fit shoes to your child's ever-growing feet. There is a limited yet well-curated selection of shoes for women as well.
The 4-star Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel is situated right in the heart of medieval city of Kilkenny. The property is only 2 minute's walk from main street, restaurants, shops and Kilkenny Castle. The rooms have TVs and are all en-suite. Complimentary WiFi and 24-hour room service is available for all guests. A multi-storey car park is situated opposite the hotel, where guests receive a special discounted rate. The Ormonde Hotel boasts full leisure facilities, including a 21-metre indoor heated swimming pool, that guests can use for free. The Ormonde Leisure Club and KO Spa offer a range of relaxing spa treatments. Expanded on 2 floors, the leisure club includes a state-of-art gym, steam room, sauna, and a children's pool. It also has 2 restaurants and is 10 minutes' drive from McDonagh Train Station and Shopping Centre. The Savour Restaurant serves a full Irish breakfast and offers dinner menus. Ormonde Lounge serves extensive lunch and evening menus, afternoon tea and hot and cold beverages throughout the day. Hoban Bar & Brasserie offers indoor and outdoor seating, local dishes and seafood, and live music on Saturday nights.
The Barnstorm Theatre Company is based in Kilkenny and aims to bring theater to the community. Through a wide variety of outreach programs and performances, the Company interacts with the community in numerous ways. Adults may join the Adult Drama Club, while a focus on kids is manifested through the Youth Theatre and Junior Youth Theatre. A great place to start an acting career.
With a pool and hot tub, the chic Hotel Kilkenny is located on the city’s ring road, a 10-minute walk from Kilkenny City centre. It offers rooms with plasma TVs, an Olympic-standard gym, and free parking. The interior of this 4-star hotel is decorated with Italian marble, French wallpaper and bespoke pieces of furniture designed specifically for the Hotel Kilkenny. Rooms at the Hotel Kilkenny feature free internet access, hairdryers and irons. They also include tea/coffee making facilities and a 24-hour room service menu. The award-winning Taste Restaurant serves fine cuisine in relaxed surroundings. The sophisticated Pure Bar has a heated outdoor patio and an extensive drinks menu. Kilkenny Castle and Gardens is a short walk from the hotel. Kilkenny MacDonagh Station is just a 5 minute drive from the Kilkenny Hotel.
With a stunning outdoor infinity pool, a hot tub, and an Aveda spa, Newpark Hotel is 10 minutes’ walk from Kilkenny centre. The house is set within 40 acres of parkland and beautiful gardens. The leisure club at the Newpark offers an indoor pool, a spacious sauna, and a steam room. Guests can exercise in the modern gym, and Escape Spa provides a range of relaxing Aveda treatments. Each bright room overlooks the gardens and trees, and includes free Wi-Fi, free tea and coffee, and a TV. All rooms offer a private bathroom with a hairdryer and toiletries. Gulliver’s Restaurant serves an extensive à la carte menu, a wide range of wines, and cooked buffet breakfasts. The Scott Dove Bar and Bistro provides carvery lunches, drinks and coffees with live piano entertainment on most nights. Free parking is available, and Kilkenny Castle can be reached in 25 minutes on foot. The Cathedral of St Mary is also 25 minutes’ walk away, and Kilkenny train station is 15 minutes away on foot.
If there's one place in Kilkenny where you can be all beans with your family, friends, and even your office buddies, it's Kilkenny Activity Centre. With so many activities-splatball, paintball, bubble soccer, to name a few-you can go wild on the playground and roll in the mud! They also host hen and stag parties, birthday parties and any other party that you can think of, so the fun part is covered. They also have a lot of fun activities for kids. Special Corporate packages are designed for fun days outside the office. They can also arrange overnight accommodations for you and your group, with arrangements for food(Check website for details).
Situated in the Noire Valley, a short distance from the center of the city is the Danville Farm House. It is a family run yard, set in an old Georgian Farm, and offers visitors a wonderful experience of horse riding. Apart from horse riding, experienced riders can try out cross country jumps while others can enjoy leisurely treks around the lush green fields of the farm. After a ride visitors can enjoy a hot cup of tea or take a stroll and spend time with the beautiful mares and foals at the farm. The farm also has a self catering accommodation which is available all round the year.
Take some time off from your regular schedule and enjoy a fun outing with your family and loved-ones at Nore Valley Park. Children can enjoy bottle-feeding and petting the farm animals like lambs, goats, rabbits and others. While, for the older children, Nore Valley Park has facilities like Crazy Golf, Go Kart and many others making this a perfect spot to hangout with your friends or family. In case you feel a little more adventurous, you can spend a night under the stars at Nore Valley Park which also functions as a camping ground. The park is well-facilitated with basic amenities like kitchen, clean washrooms, hot-water facilities, WiFi and others, assuring a fun experience when here. Even your furry friend can accompany you while you camp here. All in all, you are sure to enjoy your visit at this park.
Spread across an area of 6000 square foot (557.41 square meters), The National Reptile Zoo is a perfect spot for a day outing with your family. The zoo boasts of housing more than 150 animals and has around 50 different reptile species on display. Be up and close with the rare pythons, turtles, iguanas and other reptiles in the Animal Encounter sessions that are hosted here. Your little ones are sure to enjoy their visit at The National Reptile Zoo with various activities like painting competitions and worksheets that are a regular feature at this zoo. Besides, the the place is also a great spot to hold birthday parties or enjoy corporate activities and is available on rent for the same. After a fun day, you can shop for the memorabilia from the on-site souvenir shop.
Castlecomer Discovery Park isn't just your run-of-the-mill park, but a spot to get up, close and personal with wildlife. This park is mainly known for its multimedia voyage about 300 year old coal formations, which is called the Footprints in Coal Experience. This experience will enlighten you about fossils, rocks and the like. Not to mention the fishing opportunities since 2 lakes flow around this park. Students and groups are taken on a camping tour at this park. A memorable adventurous experience awaits you at the Castlecomer Discovery Park.