Your tour will continue north through the lush pastures of County Kilkenny passing through the very pretty village of Inistioge until you arrive at Jerpoint Abbey, 11 miles southeast of the city of Kilkenny.
You will tour this outstanding Cistercian monastery, founded in the latter half of the 12th century and preserved in a peaceful country setting. The abbey's highlights include a sculptured cloister arcade, a splendid array of artifacts from medieval times, unique stone carvings on 16th-century tombs, Romanesque architecture in the north nave of the abbey church and an aura of tranquility.
Next you’re off to Kilkenny City, the medieval capital of Ireland, and Kilkenny Castle which stands majestically beside the River Nore. Built in the 12th century and remodelled in Victorian times, the castle was the principal seat of the Butler family, the earls, marquises, and dukes of Ormonde. In 1967, the castle was given to the Irish government to be restored to period splendour as an enduring national monument. From its sturdy corner towers to its battlements, Kilkenny Castle retains the imposing lines of an authentic fortress and sets the tone for the entire city. The exquisitely restored interior includes a fine collection of Butler family portraits, some from as far back as the 14th century. The 20-hectare (50-acre) grounds include a riverside walk, extensive gardens and parkland.
Directly across the road from the castle is the Kilkenny Design Center which is well worth a visit as it houses some of the best craftspeople in the country with retail space and a very nice cafe.
Departures: 08:30 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Tour price does not include admission fees or lunch. Admissions to Jerpoint Abbey (€5) and Kilkenny Castle (€7) are payable directly on site.
- Some of this tour is done on foot, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.
- Bring cash (Euro) for admissions, shopping, gratuities, lunch, snacks and beverages.