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Suggestions for sightseeing before/after Kilkenny wedding?

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Suggestions for sightseeing before/after Kilkenny wedding?

Hi Experts!

Husband and I have been invited to a wedding July 14 in Co. Kilkenny. We are experienced travelers, but first time to Ireland... only have about 6 days to play with total. Looking for suggestions on how to get the most out of this brief visit: thinking to fly into Dublin and stay there a day or two to see some of the city before heading down to Kilkenny. Where to stay and must-sees in Dublin? Would like to keep hotel budget <250 EU/nt if possible. Then on Sunday after wedding.... back to Dublin via the coast maybe? Or on to somewhere else for a couple days? Doesn't really look like Kilkenny is close to anything in particular. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! We are pretty open to any worthwhile sights/experiences; walks/hikes are good (but not crazy strenuous); tend to prefer outdoor scenery & views over museums; cathedrals/castles would be cool. Thanks!!

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1. Re: Suggestions for sightseeing before/after Kilkenny wedding?

How will you be travelling? Lots to see in and around the area, but you will need a car to get the best out of the area.

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2. Re: Suggestions for sightseeing before/after Kilkenny wedding?

No, SuzyinCinci, Kilkenny isn't "close to anything in particular"... except to some really, really lovely countryside! Check out Inistioge and Woodstock Gardens (lovely village and good walks through the beautiful gardens), Graiguenamanagh town, the ancient monastic settlement of St. Mullin's (and the easy and so lovely walk along the river Barrow just below St. Mullin's), Thomastown, Mount Juliet and Jerpoint Abbey... Sooo much to see and do around Kilkenny, you could easily fill a whole week!

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3. Re: Suggestions for sightseeing before/after Kilkenny wedding?

Ah, Clauds! Well, this is wonderful info... just the sort of thing one can't really glean from looking at a Google map or "best rated activities" list! Thank you for these insights!

I am guessing that we will be renting a car, but was sort of waiting for advice on that as well. Looks like Dublin is quite walkable, or there is the HO-HO bus, but looks like a car will be necessary once out of the city, no?

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4. Re: Suggestions for sightseeing before/after Kilkenny wedding?

Excellent suggestions by Clauds, yes to car hire. I'm going to add in :

The "Seven Castles of Kells"- actually a monastic site

megalithicireland.com/…20Kilkenny.html

http://walshwhiskey.com/ between Carlow and Kilkenny and the pretty little cathedral, holy well and rag bush at Old Leighlin …blogspot.ie/2011/09/saint-laserians-well-ol…

http://www.megalithicireland.com/St%20Mary's%20Church,%20Gowran,%20Kilkenny.html -check out the tiny little deli called Glasraí and Goodies across the road.

http://glasraiandgoodies.com/

And if you want craft shop recommendations , there are LOADS!

If you will be at Jerpoint and Thomastown, check out the Long Man of Kilfane (the effigy , not the pub!)

megalithicireland.com/Kilfane%20Church.html

Bar food in Mount Juliet is worth considering for lunch, or if you want to go really high end, the Lady Helen restaurant which has a Michelin star.

Otherwise, if you are a chocolate lover, you will do well here:

http://trufflefairy.ie/cafe/

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5. Re: Suggestions for sightseeing before/after Kilkenny wedding?

Harvey knows much more about the area than I do and has the insight into the off-the-beaten-track places to go.

You don't need a car in Dublin but definitely for going outside the city. You might want to try to plan your itinerary after Kilkenny (if you decide to stay there) to take you to the airport rather than back into Dublin. There are beautiful routes to take via Wicklow or along the coast (longer than across country).

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6. Re: Suggestions for sightseeing before/after Kilkenny wedding?

Go back to Dublin via Glendalough would be my advice ...beautiful walk that has various trail options in very beautiful countryside. The Lake ,hills round tower and graveyard make it a quintessentially Irish setting

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7. Re: Suggestions for sightseeing before/after Kilkenny wedding?

Thank you to all for these excellent suggestions! The wedding we are attending is actually at the Mount Juliet Estate, so that's where we would be staying for a couple of nights. It is great to know that there are so many wonderful things to see right around that location. I am thinking we can take a day or two to explore in that area (Kells, Jerpoint, Thomastown, Inistioge, etc) and then drive back to Dublin via Glendalough, and then perhaps cut back to Wicklow and continue up the coast? We will only have enough time to scratch the surface of a small area, but it will be a lovely introduction to Ireland!

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8. Re: Suggestions for sightseeing before/after Kilkenny wedding?

Oh lucky you, do you ride?There's a good equestrian centre there. Check out Jerpoint Glass andThe Hub in Thomastown is good for a cake break, If you go to Woodstock in Inisti0gue you will need money handy to exit the car park- it only takes coins and I think it was €4 last time I was there.Hopefully the tea-rooms will be open when you visit, they are in a stunning conservatory building

If you choose to pay the "Long Man" a visit, you should also add this special spot, you're in luck that you are here when it will be open.

http://www.kilfane.com/

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9. Re: Suggestions for sightseeing before/after Kilkenny wedding?

One of the nicest things to do in Carlow is Altamont House and Gardens:

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If you want to veer off the motorway en route to Kilkenny then stop off at Leighlinbridge and have a bit of lunch at the Lord Bagenel : https://www.lordbagenal.com/

If you like plants etc you can also pop over to the Arboretum: https://www.arboretum.ie/

If you want a really nice place for a photo, try Milford: http://carlowtourism.com/milford-2/

Edited: 23 January 2018, 22:06
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10. Re: Suggestions for sightseeing before/after Kilkenny wedding?

Altamont House isn’t open to the public yet , Offaly Rover and I’m not sure why a tourist would be buying plants they can’t bring home .

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