Springtime in Kilkenny is an exciting time. It’s the start of the busy season for hotels and other hospitality businesses, and the city is buzzing with visitors making the most of the brighter days and later nights. With everything from club nights to cultural retreats, Kilkenny is a city with something for everyone. This Spring, book a break in Hoban Hotel Kilkenny to enjoy great value luxury accommodation a stone’s throw from the centre of the city. Here are some of the highlights of Spring in Kilkenny.
Explore Kilkenny on foot
Kilkenny is one of the most easily walkable cities in Ireland with most of our main attractions within a couple of kilometres from each other. Enjoy the streets of Kilkenny on foot, making the most of the cobbled laneways and exploring the nooks and crannies often filled with shops, cafes or pop-ups. Walk the Medieval Mile either alone or with a guide and take a step into history. The walkway runs through the centre of the city linking the Angle-Norman Castle and 13-Century St Canice’s Cathedral. This brilliant walkway ends with a rare chance to climb a Round Tower. The 100ft, 9th-century tower is one of the few of its type that it is safe to climb in Ireland and you can enjoy a bird’s eye view over the city from the top.
You’ve endured a long, cold Irish Winter & Spring is a time to enjoy the best of the great outdoors. Wrap up well and enjoy some of the culture and history in Kilkenny while getting some fresh air and exercise. Enjoy a visit to Rothe House, allowing visitors to experience the late 16th century with its unique Tudor merchant’s townhouse and its manicured gardens and courtyards. Butler House Gardens, close to Kilkenny Castle, are a beautiful example of architecture and design rarely preserved as well. Spring is an ideal time to visit when the gardens are in full bloom.
Jerpoint Abbey and Jerpoint Park offer an unusual and insightful view into life in a medieval town. It’s a must-do for architecture enthusiasts and its restored monastic ruins are a true gem in Kilkenny’s crown. Augustine Kell’s Priory has a collection of medieval tower houses, a church, a chapel, prior’s residence or sacristy and several domestic buildings waiting for you to explore.
Parks and Gardens
Springtime is an ideal time to explore and enjoy the many parks and gardens surrounding Kilkenny and making the most of the new blooms. We have scenic gardens, beautiful parklands and acres of woodland waiting for visitors to walk, hike and picnic. Enjoy a visit to Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum to enjoy the walled garden, rockery, rose garden and arboretum. Enjoy a long spring evening in Kilkenny Castle Park which overlooks the River Nore. Admire the mature trees and plants and the ornamental lakes while your little ones play in the on-site playground.
Rainy Days in Kilkenny
While Spring brings brighter days, it’s still Ireland so you have to plan for all weathers. There is plenty to do even when it rains and with everything so close together it’s easy to change locations with minimal effort. Enjoy shopping in MacDonagh Junction, Market Cross or Newpark shopping centres or ramble along the cobbled streets enjoying the boutique shops. It never rains inside the pub and Kilkenny have a wealth of those! Enjoy modern cocktail bars, exciting nightclubs, hole the wall bars or traditional Irish pubs in the city, whatever takes your fancy. You can also venture to the nearby cinema or enjoy some of the excellent spa and leisure centre facilities around the city.
Accommodation in Kilkenny
After a long day of exploring the city, retire to luxurious, comfortable accommodation in Hoban Hotel Kilkenny. Our location on the edge of the city means you are a stone’s throw from the action but not close enough for the late-night revellers to keep you awake. We have an in-house restaurant serving a variety of delicious dinner options, coffee and light bites during the day and a fully stocked bar so you can enjoy a nightcap. Join us for breakfast before you head off for the day and you’ll be impressed by our many and varied breakfast options from a hearty Full Irish to healthy continental.
To book a great value stay in Hoban Hotel Kilkenny, browse our rooms and rates on our official website. We offer lower rates guaranteed and special offers exclusively when you book directly on our website or with our team. We look forward to welcoming you.