Castlecomer Discovery Park
Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny
Open all year round, Castlecomer Discovery Park is an ideal location for couples, families, tour groups, school groups or individuals.
Located just 15km/15 minutes North of Kilkenny’s Medieval City and 20 minutes from Carlow town on the N78 Kilkenny/Dublin road. Castlecomer Discovery Park is located just to the north of Castlecomer town.
There is no charge for entry to the woodland and the Children’s Adventure Playground
is Free also but the Discovery Park charge for the footprints in coal experience.
Tel: +353 56 444 0707
Kilkenny Castle Park Gardens,
The Parade, Co. Kilkenny
The Castle Park includes all the walled parkland to the south of Kilkenny Castle and the formal terraced gardens to the north comprising around 20.25ha in total.
The terraced garden has been restored as a rose garden with formal beds of roses around a fountain.
In the parkland paths lead to a small burial ground, a woodland walk and lake area and childrens playground.
Open daily all year round, 09.00 to 20.30 in summer, 09.00 to 16.30 in winter
Admission is Free to the gardens.
Tel: 056 21450
National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard,
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
The National Craft Gallery is one of the most exciting artistic venues in the country. A commitment to excellence and innovation allows us to showcase some of the finest examples of contemporary craft.
The National Craft Gallery is the Crafts Council of Ireland’s flagship exhibition space. It is housed in Castle Yard, the former stables of Kilkenny Castle. In 1965 these late 18th century buildings were converted to house Kilkenny Design Workshops.
Jan - Mar: Mon - Sat: 10.00 - 17.30
Apr - Dec: Tue - Sat: 10.00 - 17.30, Sun: 11.00 - 17.30 / Closed on Mon except Bank Holiday Mon when open 11.00 - 17.30
Tel: +353 (0)56 7796147
St Marys Church, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny
In the centre of Gowran town. Follow the N9 from Carlow south towards Thomastown, this collegiate church, was built in the late 13th century on the site of an earlier monastery. It was served by a "college" - clerics who lived in a community but who did not submit to the rule of a monastery. They lived in a house, now destroyed, beside the church. The church was a large and elaborate structure, with an aisled nave (the main part of the church where the congregation sat) and a long chancel (the section of the church where the altar was placed) and has high quality architectural sculpture used throughout. In the late middle ages a massive tower was inserted between the nave and chancel, and in the 19th century this tower was incorporated into the parish church which was built in place of the chancel and which now takes up about half of the building. There were also several other changes made to the church at various periods.
Open 26th May - 31st Aug daily 09.30 - 18.00 / Last admission 45 minutes before closing / Average Length of Visit: 45 Minutes
Guided Tours: Regular tours available / Leaflet in English available.
Photography and Video is allowed but permit required for commercial purposes.
Restricted access for visitors with disabilities
Tel: +353 56 7726894 (During open season) + 353 56 7767726 (During closed season)