So much to see and do!

Lyrath Estate, on the doorstep of the medieval city of Kilkenny, is a fitting destination to put a spring in your step!  Located just five minutes from the centre of Kilkenny City yet set on 170 acres of mature parkland complete with picturesque lakes, woodland trails and historic gardens. It’s hard to believe when surrounded by nature that the estate is so accessible to the city centre and its many cultural and historical attractions.  Now, with the arrival of spring, the estate is coming to life with signs of nature awakening everywhere.

Step into spring at Lyrath Estate with the ‘Stepping Into Spring’ package.  This midweek experience includes two night’s accommodation with breakfast each morning, a delicious 3-course dinner in The Grill restaurant on one evening with a complimentary cream tea on a day of your choice. (From €185 per person sharing midweek).


Lyrath Estate is a resort style property, independently owned hotel, which has been extensively refurbished over the years.  At its heart is a charming 17th century Manor House which has been sympathetically restored and now sits comfortably alongside a contemporary hotel housing 141 bedrooms.

The property includes two restaurants, Yew which serves classic modern Irish and European cuisine, The Grill and Bar which is a casual, bistro style dining experience with a strong emphasis on steaks, gourmet burgers, delicious lobster fresh from the tank and a wonderful selection of cocktails. There is also Tupper’s Bar, a traditional style, cosy bar, and The Conservatory which serves lunch and informal food in the evening. The newest addition is Lady Charlotte’s Drawing Room – an elegant room in the Manor House, where delightful afternoon tea is served.  The d├ęcor here is inspired by the botanicals of the estate and has an eclectic and stylish design.

If you wish to enjoy some pampering, be sure to visit Oasis Spa at Lyrath Estate which incorporates several treatment rooms, offering face and body treatments for both men and women.  The thermal suite in the spa includes various heating and cooling experiences and a stunning outdoor hydrotherapy pool with views over the mature, private gardens. On the estate, residents can enjoy walking amidst the private grounds, cycling on the verdant hidden trails or a host of outdoor pursuits including archery and falconry at the onsite Hawkeye School of Falconry where all kinds of birds of prey can be found including owls, hawks and even eagles.

Kilkenny City itself offers lots of local attractions for the explorer such as the Kilkenny Castle, Park & Gardens, St. Canice’s Cathedral, Butler Gallery, or you could step out on Ireland’s Medieval Mile and discover the rich history of Kilkenny. For more information on spring offers contact Lyrath Estate on (056) 7760088 or visit



Top 10 Things to do this Spring in Kilkenny

1.   Hawkeye School of Falconry at Lyrath Estate


Meet John & Caroline, Lyrath Estate Falconers, and owners of the Hawkeye School of Falconry. This small family run centre provides a range of memorable falconry experiences, including Hawk Walks (by appointment only). The Falconry School is situated on the beautiful Lyrath Estate in the historic medieval city of Kilkenny.

  1. Kilkenny Castle

Founded soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland, Kilkenny Castle has been rebuilt, extended, and adapted to suit changing circumstances and uses over a period of 800 years. Today, Kilkenny Castle is open to visitors all year round and is largely a Victorian remodelling of the thirteenth century defensive Castle.

  1. Smithwick’s Experience

Located in the heart of Kilkenny city, Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny is a multi-sensory experience that immerses the visitor in the history of Ireland's oldest ale. Harvested from the land, seasoned by history, Smithwick’s has been brewed in Ireland since 1710. Visitors can taste the famous Smithwick’s Ale, while one of their guides explains what makes it so unique.

  1. St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower

St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower are an essential part of the structural heritage in the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny. This ecclesiastical site was founded in the 6th century and named after St Canice. Cill Chainnigh is the Gaelic for the Church of Canice, the church that originally stood on the site in the 6th century. The Round Tower is the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny City. Tourists can enjoy climbing the Round Tower capturing great views of the city (weather permitting).

  1. The Medieval Mile Museum

Located on the 13th century site of St. Mary's cruciform church and graveyard. As the starting point of the 'Medieval Mile' trail, it brings to life Kilkenny's history as Ireland's premier medieval city. Displays of Kilkenny's civic treasures and replicas of some of the High Crosses of Ossory illustrate the local Gaelic monastic heritage and the ancient city's historic role in Ireland.

  1. Jerpoint Park

Immerse yourself in a unique experience of heritage and culture in a very special destination Thomastown in Kilkenny. Unearth the history of Jerpoint Park with a guided tour of the footprints of a deserted 12th century medieval town.

  1. Rothe House and Gardens

A magnificent 17th century Irish merchant's townhouse and garden in the centre of Kilkenny city. The house is open as a museum with artefacts collected by Kilkenny Archaeological Society and feature a splendid garden which has been restored as a 17th century urban garden. Step back in time and see, smell and taste what the Rothe family experienced.

  1. Dunmore Caves

Just 15 minutes from Kilkenny, Dunmore Caves are an awesome sight if you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path activities in Ireland. The caves once bore witness to a brutal 10th-century Viking massacre and legend claims that up to 1,000 people may have been killed a fact supported by the discovery of human remains and Viking coins.

9.     Kilfane Waterfall and Glen

A pristine example of a romantic era garden dating from the 1790s.  Untouched for 200 years, it is a picturesque paradise with a waterfall tumbling its way to a rushing stream and woodland paths.  Tiny bridges sit among ancient trees, wild foxgloves, ferns, and other historically correct 18th century planting.

  1. Go With the Flow

Go with the Flow is a family business based in Kilkenny providing water-based adventures like white water trips and nature/history tours. All the incredible trails are guided by qualified, experienced, and friendly instructors.

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