Tour Overview

Overview For the Family Tour of Ireland - Kilkenny Base

Kilkenny is located in the Heart of Ireland so is a fantastic location to base your family while on your Vacation in Ireland. This compact city is an easy drive from Dublin; Irelands capital so is a terrific location. Kilkenny is situated on both banks of the River Nore, in the province of Leinster. It is famous for its medieval building and castle. On reserving your vacation with us, you will get a complete tour pack which will include numerous day tours that you can choose to take from your base. This tour is flexible; you can do all of the day trips, some of them or you may choose to simply relax and enjoy the surroundings of your hotel.

Your Accommodation while touring Ireland: Hotel Kilkenny

While on your Family Vacation Tour, we realise that it can be difficult for families to move from hotel to hotel so these tours are ‘one-centred’ and designed in such a way as you would just pick up your rental car, drive to your hotel location and check in for the duration of your vacation. When you book your tour with us you will get a comprehensive tour pack which will include several day tours that you can chose to take from your base location.

Your hotel for this tour is tried and trusted friend of Irish Tourism: Hotel Kilkenny. This hotel is extremely family friendly and some of its many features are described below.

 

Great Kids Facilities

  • Kids Club open during school holidays every day – FREE to residents
  • Activities for the little ones such as Arts & Crafts, Splashmania – Swim Fun, Talent Shows, Cooking
  • Great Kids Play Area
  • Kids Menus available

Flexible Family Rooming Arrangements

  • Spacious family rooms available
  • Children until 3 years stay FREE
  • Hotel Kilkenny allows children until the age of 14 are charged at child rates
  • Family room consists of 1 double & 1 single bed plus space for one rollaway bed, tea & coffee making facilites, FREE Wifi in all rooms and public areas

Escapes for Mom & Dad

  • Extensive leisure club Free to all residents 
  • An extensive menu of eastern and western inspired beauty and wellbeing treatments are available in the on-site Lilac lodge.
  • On-site hairdresser featuring a wide range of services, including the latest cuts, styles and colours.
  • On-site Golf Academy providing a unique and beneficial way to practice your golf.
  • The Pure Bar offers adults a smart smart urban bar to relax in and babysitting services are available (payable locally).

 

What's included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities 
  • Full Irish Breakfast Each Morning
  • Rental Car (Chauffeur Option Available)
  • Local Telephone Support During Your Trip

Tour highlights

  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Dublinia
  • Blarney Castle
  • Fota Wildlife Park
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Cahir Castle
  • Kilkenny
  • National Stud & Japanese Gardens
  • Waterford
  • Hook Lighthouse Visitor Centre
  • Glendalough
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Lismore Castle & Gardens
  • Rock of Cashel

Overnights for this tour

Hotel Kilkenny for 7 Nights 

Accomodation options

All of the hotels we have chosen for our Family packages have great family facilities, many of them have kids clubs during the summer holidays, playground or playroom, special meals, movie nights, babysitting and great escapes for mom and dad including leisure centres and spas, bars, restaurants and live music.

Day 1 - Enjoying Kilkenny

Kilkenny City is long renowned as Ireland’s Medieval Capital, the city’s origins date back more than 1,500 years. Characterised by beautifully restored old buildings and covered slipways, Kilkenny City is small and compact enough to explore on foot, yet full of fascinating, historical buildings, and contemporary shops, design galleries, cafés and restaurants. Your stop here is sure to include the grand and imposing Kilkenny Castle with its onsite parklands which stands dramatically on a strategic height and dominates the 'High Town' of Kilkenny City or Saint Canice's Cathedral, the second longest of Ireland's medieval cathedrals which provides a seminal influence on Kilkenny life. Outside, your kids will enjoy the climb to the top of the 9th century round tower, once used by the monks for refuge.  

Day 2 - Exploring Wexford

Wexford contains some of Ireland's most stunning scenery and it is easily accessed from Kilkenny. Your day trip today will take in the Irish National Heritage Park near New Ross, always a popular stop with kids; the park features replications of Irish homesteads, burial and worship sites, and takes the visitor on a tour through 9,000 years of Irish history. Continuing on your journey down to the tip of Hook Peninsula, you might wish to pay a visit to Hook Lighthouse which dates to the early 13th century and was a major feat at the time of its construction. The lighthouse is open all year round and prides itself in being a ‘Family Fun’ day out with activities for kids especially during the summer months. The ‘Ring of Hook’ road returns along the western side of the peninsula, passing the beaches at Booley Bay and Dollar Bay and on a promontory overlooking the town of Duncannon you will find Duncannon Fort which was built in 1588 as protection from the threat of attack by the Spanish Armada. On your return you may wish to visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship which is moored on the river in the centre of the town or Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy. The Dunbrody ship is always a popular stop with kids due to the costumed character tour guides and interactive exhibits. 

Day 3 - Exploring Waterford

A short distance from Kilkenny, the city of Waterford can be found and the city has a host of sightseeing options; the House of Waterford Crystal for example exhibits one of Ireland’s most famous exports.  Here you can take a guided Factory Tour, giving you first hand access to all areas of traditional crystal production. Visit the newly restored Bishops Palace which charts the history of Waterford from 1700 to 1970 or Reginald’s Tower; the oldest civic urban building in Ireland that is now home to an exhibition of historic and archaeological artefacts that tell the story of Waterford's Viking heritage. You may simply decide to explore the shops, bars and cafés of this compact city at your leisure or take a cruise along the River Suir which is a wonderful way to see the sights of Waterford. After your city exploration, you might decide to continue to Dunmore East which is one of Ireland’s most charming fishing villages and a popular seaside retreat for locals and international tourists or Tramore Strand which is more popular with kids due to the permanent amusement arcades and amusement rides close by. The heritage town of Lismore is also in easy reach of Waterford and here you can find many historic buildings here including Lismore Castle & Gardens and St. Carthages Cathedral. In Lismore also you can take the Towers Woodland Trail outside the town and view the unusual gate lodge and bridge constructed by landlord Arthur Kiely Ussher to impress his demanding wife. The cost of building the elaborate Gothic entrance proved so great that the intended manor house was never built!

Day 4 - Exploring County Wicklow: The Garden of Ireland

Wicklow is often referred to as the Garden of Ireland and since it is only a hop, skip and a jump from Kilkenny it is an ideal day trip destination for you and your kids!  You might start your day’s touring by visiting the Chocolate Garden of Ireland, one of Ireland’s newest family attractions where you can learn all about chocolate production, growing cocoa, how Easter eggs and other chocolate goods are made, and even have a go at creating and decorating your very own chocolate product!  From here the beautiful Glendalough Valley is less than one hour drive.  Glendalough “the glen of the two lakes” is a truly spellbinding place - an ancient monastic settlement and two clear water lakes beneath the sheer cliffs of a deep valley, which was carved out by glaciers during the Ice Age. The monastic settlement has been a centre for pilgrims and visitors since its foundation by St. Kevin in the 6th century, there are beautiful walks for you and your kids to explore at your leisure and bikes can be hired in nearby Rounwood if you are feeling adventurous! with Tarzan Swings, rope bridges, rowing boats, water slides, rafts, canoes, junior go-carts, mini golf, picnic areas, a restaurant and lots more the Clara Lara Funpark is bound to be a hit with younger kids!

Day 5 - Exploring Tipperary & Clare

One of your first stops today should be Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, an essential visit for any family tour of Ireland. Built in 1425, the majestic castle was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour. The houses and cottages of the folk park spread out at the foot of its massive walls, much in the way that the cottages and crofts of olden times would have clustered around its base. Not too far away, kids young and old will enjoy Craggaunowen! Situated on 50 acres of woodland; the Park interprets Ireland’s pre-historic and early Christian periods through reconstructed dwellings and tools that existed in Ireland during these times. You may of course want to visit the town of Moneygall where President Barrack Obama claimed his ancestry in 2011 and on your return stop by the famous Rock of Cashel, Cashel was once the seat of the Kings of Munster and capital of this southern province. The Rock, which rears above the plain, dominated the land routes southwards. Kings of Ireland as well as Munster came to this spot and St. Patrick is known to have preached on the rock and converted the local King, Aenghus, here in the 5th Century. Not far away Cahir Castle was once an important stronghold of the powerful Butler family and it retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles.

Day 6 - Exploring Cork

Cork contains some of Ireland's most beautiful scenery, historic sites and locations and it is easily accessible from Adare. Your day trip today will take in the famous Blarney Castle where you and your kids will enjoy kissing the famous Blarney Stone which is said to grant the gift of eloquence! Your Irish Tourism detailed itinerary will help you explore the nearby town of Cobh which was the last port of call for the ill-fated titanic in 1912 and is also the gateway to the prominent Spike Island which has hosted a monastery, a fortress and a prison within its 104 acres.  A short distance from Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park is always a hit with younger kids, the park is not like a conventional zoo, wherever possible animals thrive in an unrestricted environment, which allows them to roam free, while mixed with other species and of course human visitors! You might decide to stop in Cork City en-route. Here there are a number of interesting places to visit including St.Finbarre’s Cathedral, The Church of St. Anne Shandon, The English Market, Cork Gaol or the Crawford Art Gallery to name but a few.

Day 7 - Exploring the Capital

The journey from Kilkenny to Dublin is less than two hours but there are places where you may wish to stop en-route. The National Stud for example comprises three separate attractions. The 1,000 acre Farm at Tully has been in use as a Stud Farm since 1900. There is a Horse Museum tracing the history of the horse in Ireland using artefacts, illustrations and text and the Japanese Gardens situated in the grounds were the first of their kind in Ireland and in Europe. On arrival in Dublin explore all that this cosmopolitan city has to offer. Attractions include Christ Church Cathedral which was founded in the year 1030 and the adjacent Dublinia which is very popular with the younger generation. You might choose to visit the National Wax Museum a favourite attraction for kids young and old or pay a visit to the Butlers Chocolate Experience where you and your kids can become chocolatiers! Of course you may wish to take time out to shop in Grafton Street or any one of a number of narrow and quaint streets that the café strewn city centre has to offer. This afternoon, why not spend some time in the Temple Bar area. This small area boasts a dazzling choice of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops to suit all tastes and pockets, all within easy walking distance of Temple Bar's many cultural centres and galleries.

Route map

Tour attractions

Tour Prices

The 7 Night family tour of Ireland using Kilkenny as a base for your vacation is one of the best ways to see the south of Ireland . This exciting tour stops at some of Irelands top tourist attractions including Rock of Cashel, National Stud and Japanese Gardens, Dublinia, Blarney Castle and an enchanting medieval evening of “ceol agus craic” at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park whilst staying in wonderful child friendly accommodation along the way.

HOTEL KILKENNY FAMILY ROOMS INCLUDING CAR RENTAL

Accomodation Type 2 Adults & 1 Child 2 Adults & 2 Children 2 Adults & 3Children
Jan - Mar, May & Sep- Dec €1,658 €1,941 €2,228
April, June - August €2,091 €2,378 €2,663

Notes

  • Standard Family Room can sleep 2 Adults & 1 Child or 2 Adults & 2 children when one child sleeps on rollaway bed
  • Larger Family rooms that sleep up to 2+3 are available also
  • All prices quoted in this section are per family as specified

Prices Includes;

  • Detailed Irish Tourism Day Trip Itineraries
  • 7 Nights accommodation in Hotel Kilkenny including full Irish breakfast and taxes
  • 7 Days Family Car rental: 7 Days Manual Transmission Ford Mondeo/Opel Insignia or Similar
  • Included with your car is all compulsory insurances - Collision Damage Waiver insurance (CDW with an excess/deductible), theft protection insurance, location fee of €30, Road fund tax, sales tax at 13.5%, unlimited free mileage, third party liability insurance, 24 hour peace of mind break down cover.

Private Chauffeur Option Available For This Tour

  • Enjoy the services of an experienced and friendly driver guide
  • Luxury vehicles so you get to travel in style and comfort
  • Take the stress out of driving on unfamiliar and sometime narrow roads
  • With our knowledgeable drivers you see more in less time
  • You get to see the scenery instead of worrying about crashing into it!
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