Planning A Family Staycation in Kilkenny? 5 Top Destinations To Check Out

Kilkenny has everything you could wish for to enjoy a great family staycation in 2020. We have beautiful green spaces to run around and enjoy family picnics, plenty of historical and educational activities to choose from and if you’ve forgotten anything, lots of great shops and markets too. Best of all, we offer the best family accommodation in Kilkenny, ideal for exploring the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. 

Plan your family staycation in Pembroke Kilkenny today and take advantage of our great value rates and excellent central location.

1. Kilkenny Castle and Gardens

Take your family to one of the most well-known castles in Ireland for a day of education and adventure.

This remarkable castle has a fascinating history, interesting to learn about for young and old. It also has 50 acres of manicured lawns to explore. There is a playground for the little ones to entertain themselves and they are not short of picnic space.

After your picnic, you can stretch your legs on one of the many woodland walks while telling stories of the castle and its former inhabitants. The grounds also contain a pond with ducks and occasionally an outdoor cinema which runs in summertime. It’s the ideal family spot in Kilkenny.

2. Castlecomer Discovery Park

If your family love outdoor activities, Castlecomer Discovery Park – less than 30-minute drive from Pembroke – offers the ultimate adventure for all ages.

The park is an 80-acre outdoor adventure playground for children and adults with a huge range of activities from scenic treetop walks to adrenaline-pumping zip lining.

For the younger ones, they have a playground, an elf and fairy village, a giant bouncing net and a Junior Woodland Adventure Course. It is a guaranteed fun-filled day for the whole family and best of all, you’ll tire your little ones out so much that they’ll sleep through the night and well into the next morning!

3. Kilkenny Activity Centre

Have you ever taken your family to a paintballing course? Have you ever dragged yourself through the mud in an adventure assault course? Less than five minutes’ drive from Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny lies the Kilkenny Adventure Centre, the answer to all your family holiday boredom.

They offer activities to suit all ages and abilities including things you may never have tried before like giant darts and bubble football. It’s a great place to enjoy an active afternoon together and make some unique, and often hilarious memories.

4. Tours of Kilkenny

If you’d like to see the highlights of the city but know your family won’t be happy trekking up and down our cobbled streets, why not arrange a tour with a difference. Kilkenny has an array of tour types from bikes to trains and when paired with animated and knowledgeable guides, it makes for a very exciting family-fun day.

The number one Trip Advisor rated tour of Kilkenny is the Kilkenny Road Train, a novel and convenient way to see the best of the city with minimal effort. The tour begins at Kilkenny Castle and travels through the town with a detailed description and history of each stop. You could also explore the city on two wheels the entertaining team in Kilkenny Cycling Tours.

5. Family Accommodation in Kilkenny

2020 is the year of the staycation and we love to welcome families of all shapes and sizes here at Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny. We offer child-friendly extras throughout the hotel including complimentary cots by request and baby changing facilities throughout. Our restaurant Statham’s offers a nutritionally balanced kids’ menu that is much more than just chicken nuggets and chips. We also offer complimentary passes to The Watershed sports complex, complete with a toddler and learner pool as well as other fun family activities.

To book your stay in our luxury hotel in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, contact one of our friendly team today or book your stay on our official website. Make sure to always book direct for our lowest and most flexible rates. Don’t delay when booking your family staycation in Kilkenny, our reputation precedes us, and rooms are sure to fill up fast! We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny for your staycation this year.

Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a savvy travel and lifestyle writer for Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny, a four-star boutique hotel in Kilkenny, 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.

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