20 Best Things To Do In County Kilkenny Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In County Kilkenny

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 27 fun things to do in County Kilkenny for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Kilkenny, Gowran and Castlecomer. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 24 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right County Kilkenny day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in County Kilkenny with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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Outside view of St. Canices Cathedral and Round Tower in Kilkenny

St. Canices Cathedral and Round Tower

  • Kilkenny
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

St. Canices Cathedral and Round Tower was founded in the 6th century, and has plenty of history to discover, using a great self guided tour that is e...

People learning Hurling at Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience

Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience

  • Kilkenny
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience and Museum A unique Cultural and Heritage Experience where you will experience first hand the ancient Celtic game of...

Aerial view of Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle

  • Kilkenny
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Kilkenny Castle is an amazing building with over 800 years of history and an interesting mix of architecture due to the many alterations and addition...

Adventure playground at Nore Valley Park in Kilkenny

Nore Valley Park

  • Kilkenny
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Nore Valley Park There are a whole variety of animals to see and enjoy. Baby kids and lambs are bottle fed and rabbits can be handled. As well as ani...

Kids on high rope course at Castlecomer Discovery Park

Castlecomer Discovery Park

  • Castlecomer
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Castlecomer Discovery Park comprises 80 acres of stunning natural woodland and lakes, with Coal Mining Exhibition, Visitor Centre and Design Craft st...

People canoeing at Go With The Flow River Adventures in Roscea

Go With The Flow River Adventures

  • Roscrea
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

The friendly, experienced, Go With The Flow River Adventures instructors will guide you along exclusive trails and show you how to shoot weirs and ri...

Snake at Reptile Village Zoo in Gowran

The National Reptile Zoo

  • Gowran
  • Indoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Ireland's only Reptile Zoo, displaying snakes, lizards, tortoise, turtles, crocodiles, alligators, caiman, spiders, scorpions, frogs, salamanders and...

Outside view of Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

  • Cahir
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Discover one of the best-preserved wonders of Ireland at Cahir Castle, magnificently standing guard over the River Suir. Explore the stronghold of th...

Bowling ball and alley at Roll N Bowl in Portlaoise

Roll N Bowl

  • Portlaoise
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

At Roll n Bowl you can step back in time with a spin around their roller disco: a great quality wooden rink with awesome back beats and silly games....

Play area at Rancho Reilly in Carlow

Rancho Reilly

  • Carlow
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Rancho Reilly is a family run Pet Farm and Children's Activity Centre ideal for kids under 10 to get their furry and fun fixes, set in over 5 acres o...

Carlow County Museum

Carlow County Museum

  • Carlow
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Discover a true local gem and visit the lovely Carlow County Museum; it’s located right at the heart of Carlow's Cultural Quarter. Comprised of 4 gal...

People on ship at Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross

Dunbrody Famine Ship

  • New Ross
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Dunbrody Famine Ship Centred on an authentic reproduction of an 1840's emigrant vessel, it provides a world-class interpretation of the famine emigra...

Visitors in Waterford Medieval Museum

Waterford Medieval Museum

  • Waterford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At Waterford Medieval Museum step back into the 13th century into Waterfords' atmospheric Choristers' Hall and the 15th century Wine Vault situated u...

Man making glass at Waterford Crystal

Waterford Crystal

  • Waterford
  • Indoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Waterford Crystal Enjoy a guided factory tour and explore the fascinating processes behind the creation of these twinkling treasures. All access tour...

Boy climbing at Run Amuck in Tramore

Run Amuck

  • Tramore
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Run Amuck is a 10,000 sq ft purpose built children's activity centre combining fantastic play facilities with an excellent, healthy eating cafe. Run...

Dairy calf at Copper Coast Mini Farm in Tramore

Copper Coast Mini Farm

  • Tramore
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

This friendly little pet farm is run by Valerie and Laurence Curran and their 3 children. It is fun and educational for all the family, a safe child...

Woman in stock at Waterford County Museum in Dungarvan

Waterford County Museum

  • Dungarvan
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

A trip the Waterford County Museum will take you on a historical journey full of exploration. If history and past time interests and excites your fam...

Families outside Portumna Castle

Portumna Castle

  • Portumna
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Portumna Castle is largely something to be enjoyed from the exterior, with imposing features and impressive architecture, whilst mainly still being r...

Outside view of The Irish Workhouse Centre in Portunma

The Irish Workhouse Centre5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Portumna
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Irish Workhouse Centre is a thought provoking place to take the kids, that may just make them realise how lucky they are in comparison to the poo...

Outside view of Lough Gur Visitor Centre in Bruff

Lough Gur Visitor Centre

  • Bruff
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Lough Gur Visitor Centre will allow the whole family to discover over 6,000 years of history at Lough Gur, using audiovisual presentations, artefacts...

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