Sightseeing From Your Kilkenny Base

Kilkenny is situated on both banks of the River Nore, in the province of Leinster. Kilkenny is world famous for its castle and other medieval building and the atmosphere and charm of this exceptional city makes it a great base for exploring Ireland with your family. From Kilkenny your IrishTourism itinerary will help you explore the surrounding areas of Wexford and Waterford if you would like to.  Wexford contains some of Ireland's most stunning scenery and it is easily accessed from Kilkenny.  Visit the Irish National Heritage Park features replications of Irish homesteads, burial and worship sites, and takes the visitor on a tour through 9,000 years of Irish history or take the Ring of Hook to the tip of Hook Peninsula, here you might wish to see Hook Lighthouse which dates as far back as the early 13th century and was a major achievement at the time of its creation. A short distance from Kilkenny, the city of Waterford can be found and the city has a host of exploration options; Waterford Crystal for instance exhibits one of Ireland’s most well-known exports.  Here you can take a factory tour, giving you first hand access to all areas of traditional crystal production. Other sites of interest include Bishops Palace which tells the history of Waterford from 1700 to 1970 or Reginald’s Tower; one of the oldest urban buildings in Ireland that is now home to a presentation of historic and archaeological artefacts that tell the story of Waterford's Viking past.

Sightseeing from your East Cork Base

(For this tour you choose Cork or Kerry) with a rich nautical and ancient heritage, East Cork has an exceptional variety of attractions to offer the astute family. This part of Cork truly is a sanctuary for Ireland family vacations with a huge range of activities and attractions to keep adults and kids alike entertained. The beautiful Ballycotton Bay which stretches for about 25 km east to Knockadoon Head will be at your doorstep and family sightseeing in nearby Cobh, Youghal, Midleton and even further afield can be easily accessed. Cobh or Queenstown as it was known was the final port of call for millions of Irish people fleeing to America or Canada for a new life and was most famously the last port of call for the fatal final journey of Titanic. Two museums recall these events, The Titanic Experience and The Queenstown Story, both are great stops for families and we highly recommend a visit. Not far from Cobh, your family will love Fota Wildlife Park.  Home to thousands of animals, Fota Wildlife Park’s primary objective is to provide the utmost possible standard of care, housing and quality of life for all of its animals, both native and exotic.

Sightseeing from Kerry

(For this tour you choose Cork or Kerry) Your hotel is located in Dingle on the remarkable Dingle Peninsula. Dingle town has a host of touring possibilities for you and your family to enjoy. Chief of these is a boat-trip to see Ireland’s most famous bottle-nosed dolphin, Fungie! Other attractions nearby include Dingle Ocean World and of course the Dingle Peninsula drive which is dotted with prehistoric forts and monuments, Pre-Christian churches, sandy beaches and remarkable ocean scenery. Travelling slightly further afield Killarney and the Ring of Kerry is easily accessible. One of Ireland’s most famous driving tours, the Ring of Kerry is an ever popular family day out with visitors to Ireland and Irish families alike.

Your Day at Dromoland Castle

Whether your family chooses Dingle or Cork for the previous nights, your IrishTourism itinerary will help you get to Dromoland Castle with sightseeing en-route. One of the finest 5 star hotels Ireland has to offer, Dromoland is equipped to offer a vast number of activities to its lodgers including their Championship Golf Course, a five star leisure centre including 17 metre swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. Other activities include Falconry, Clay Shooting, archery and tennis and the Castle’s parkland and grounds are perfect for exploring on foot or on horseback if you wish. Horse Riding lessons are available at the nearby stables. The Castle has a number of bicycles available for guests who wish to explore the estate in this way.  Or you might even decide to explore the estate by pony and trap whilst listening to an informative guide tells the history of the castle.

Note: Some of these activities incur an additional cost and we advise that you pre-book your desired activity so as to avoid disappointment. Please ask your IrishTourism advisor for further details.