So you’ve booked a three or four-night stay in Pembroke Hotel in Kilkenny and you can’t wait for the adventure to start, but what will you do while you’re here? Don’t worry, there are enough attractions, heritage sites, bars, restaurants, and activities to keep you occupied for a month without repetition! We’ve put together a three-day itinerary so you can get the most of your stay without missing any of the local highlights.
Enjoy a leisurely morning at home, making your way to Kilkenny City just in time for check-in at 4pm. If you arrive early, you can drop your bags and head out to explore or enjoy a hearty lunch in Statham’s. Make yourself comfortable in your spacious, stylish room before heading out to explore Kilkenny City.
Wander around the town, getting your bearings and checking out the shops and boutiques you want to come back to later. Walk down as far as Kilkenny Castle, wandering through the expansive grounds and the castle itself, learning about the fascinating history of the area.
While heading back to the hotel, take a mini pub crawl enjoying some of the brilliant pubs along the way, taking in the live Irish music and the famous Kilkenny hospitality. Make your way back to Pembroke Hotel, right in the heart of the city, and order a delicious dinner delivered to your room.
After a day of travel, you’ll want to enjoy a lie-in on your first morning in Kilkenny. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in Pembroke Hotel, where we serve a huge selection of breakfast options from Full Irish to a light continental. Make sure to fuel up with plenty of freshly prepared food, tea and coffee before a long day of exploring the best of Kilkenny’s great outdoors.
If the weather is fine, head out to the outskirts of the city to a charming country town called Castlecomer where you can enjoy an afternoon in the impressive 80-acre Discovery Park. There you can explore your wild side, enjoying activities such as ziplining, tree-top walking, climbing walls, Octagon, boating, archery, walking and hiking trails and so much more. It’s an ideal day out for couples, groups of friends, hens & stags and families of all ages.
On your way back to the city, stop off The National Reptile Zoo for a fascinating look at some of the world’s most exotic snakes, lizards and much more.
If you find yourself in Kilkenny on a rainy evening, head to the local Cinema, about 10 minutes walk from Pembroke Hotel. IMC Kilkenny is a multiscreen cinema showing the best in blockbuster movies from cartoons and kids to superheroes and drama.
Kilkenny is packed with restaurants serving excellent food from local cuisine to more exotic fare. Luckily when you leave one of the many restaurants in the city after a great feed, you won’t have to travel far back home as Pembroke Hotel is in the middle of the action. Make sure to stop into Statham’s Bar for a nightcap before you retire for the evening.
Rise and shine early on day 3, enjoying a delicious breakfast in Pembroke Hotel. Don’t worry, we have a huge selection of breakfast combinations so you won’t be bored!
If you are so inclined, head out for a morning round of golf one of Ireland’s best courses – many of which are within easy driving distance of the hotel. This includes the famous Mount Juliet, home of some of the worlds biggest and best Golf Championships and frequented by Irelands best players.
If golf isn’t your idea of a good time, we have just the thing in Mint Medispa – an afternoon of luxurious skincare and beauty treatments. We offer everything from skincare and massage to laser hair removal, everything to help you look and feel your best.
After an afternoon of relaxation, head out to explore the best of Ireland’s Heritage County. Visit Kilkenny’s newest attraction, the Medieval Mile Museum, learn more about the secular history of the area and admire the beautiful stonework in St Candice’s church. Make sure to check out the best of high street and boutique shopping across the city too.
After a busy day, return to Pembroke Hotel for a delicious dinner in Statham’s Bar & Restaurant. We serve a great variety of menu options from pub club classics to healthier or Vegan options with our signature Statham’s style. Our team of chefs and servers are happy to cater to any dietary requirement with a little prior notice to ensure you have the best dining experience possible. Retire to the bar for a well-deserved nightcap.
Spend your last morning in Kilkenny enjoying our luxurious boutique hotel. Relax in our spacious bedroom and enjoy a lie-in, followed by a late breakfast. Enjoy a relaxed morning in the hotel or step out into the city to explore anything you might have missed in the past few busy days. If you’d like to check out early and leave your bags with us so you can go exploring or shopping unhindered, feel free. As a last treat, enjoy a coffee and a snack from the bar before you hit the road.
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.