10 Things to Do in Graiguenamanagh That You Shouldn't Miss

December 22, 2017 Rosalyn Ihle

Graiguenamanagh or Graignamanagh (Irish: Gráig na Manach, meaning "village of the monks") is a town in County Kilkenny, Ireland. It is located on the R705 regional road by the border with County Carlow on the River Barrow at the foot of Brandon Hill. It is home to Duiske Abbey, the largest and perhaps the finest of the thirty-four medieval Cistercian abbeys in Ireland.
Restaurants in Graiguenamanagh

1. The Barrow Way

Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny, Ireland
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The Barrow Way

Reviewed By bobjanh - Brisbane, Australia

We went on this return walk on a Monday, parking just across the bridge over the Barrow River in Graigenamanagh: had a pleasant coffee and cake at the Boats Cafe before departing.
It was an overcast and threatening day that we walked but the rain mainly kept away. Whilst the walk would be better on a sunny day, it was still picturesque and enjoyable.
It is between 6km and 7km to St Mullins, the mist convenient turnaround point for the walk. It is a flat walk predominantly on a grassy path with no difficult sections.
There are three or four locks along the way to add interest to the walk.
One tip - try not to go on a Monday as the cafe at St Mullins is not open. We were looking forward to a coffee or lunch on arriving there but this was not yo be: perhaps good as it would have made the walk back seem a little longer.
Well worth doing for some relaxing exercise and a nit of a getaway from the routine tourist activities.

2. Larry's Barge - Day Tours

St Mullins Lock, St Mullins, Ireland
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Larry's Barge - Day Tours

We offer day/half day and three day river cruise trips on the beautiful and undiscovered River Barrow located in the South East of Ireland. Sit back and enjoy breath-taking scenery, this is unspoilt Ireland …at its best !

Reviewed By Aineb186605 - Dublin, Ireland

If you want a real treat this is for you.beautiful scenery,serenity, and a sense of timelessness are my memories of our day trip on the barge~ a perfect day.
Larry and georgina are warm and professional
hosts.The interior is cleverly fitted out.Appetizing lunch provided.Flint the dog a welcome addition.11 out of ten is my overall
score for the trip.
A real treat for you and yours. Enjoy. Aine










3. The National Reptile Zoo

Demesne Road, Gowran, Ireland +353 56 772 6757
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

The National Reptile Zoo

Over 50 exhibits and more than 150 animals! Animal Encounter Zone Walk through tropical exhibit Soft play area Indoor and outdoor picnic area Snack bar Souvenir shop

Reviewed By chrimic5 - Dublin, Ireland

Visited the National Reptile Zoo with my wife and 2 kids (8 and 6 years old) - very hard to say who loved it most. A truly enjoyable experience for everyone. Very well organized, lay out is sensational, staff were exceptional - very helpful and knowledgeable making the visit a remarkable one. Keeper gave a good talk, visitors could pet the animals, gave us a tour and was always ready to answer any queries the kids or adults had. Price for a family of 4 is Euro 30 which I consider very reasonable for the experience. Highly recommend and most likely will visit again when family or friends are visiting.

4. Jerpoint Park

Kilkenny | L4206, Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland +353 86 606 1449
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Jerpoint Park

Welcome to Jerpoint Park, where we strive to immerse you in a unique experience of heritage and culture in a very special destination Thomastown in Kilkenny , south east of Ireland. Unearth the history of Jerpoint Park with a guided tour of the footprints of a deserted 12th century medieval town. When it was founded near a crossing point on the River Nore near the Cistercian Jerpoint Abbey. The site also contains the Tomb Effigy of St. Nicholas (Bishop of Myra) plus the Church of St. Nicholas. "One of Irelands's best examples of a deserted 12th century medieval town" a quote from The Heritage Council of Ireland.Savour the delicious homemade scones baked daily during the summer months in our Tea Rooms. Angling on the River Nore for wild salmon & wild brown trout from March - September (ghillie, rods & bait available for hire). Sheep dog demonstrations with geese or sheep is a wonderful event to see.Check website for details of opening hours and guided heritage tour times.Looking forward to welcoming you to Jerpoint.Joe & Maeve

Reviewed By Almostgreynomad - Sydney, Australia

Visited the ‘grave’ of St Nicholas today, on the anniversary of his death, December 6th in the year 343. Jerpoint Park usually opens in summer, but because St Nicholas is buried here …. well, a bit of him ! they also opened today. St Nicholas’s...MoreThank you for visiting Jerpoint Park on St. Nicholas's Feast Day. I really enjoyed our chat beforehand. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas. Maeve

5. Ancient Ireland Tours

Cappagh, Inistioge, Ireland
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Ancient Ireland Tours

Guided tours of the numerous examples of ancient and medieval ruins that can be found throughout Kilkenny.

Reviewed By Peter K

Charming village on the Nore river. Not that much to see or do, but the surroundings are a perfect, small Irish village with a couple of churches, the requisite pubs, Amanda beautiful shops and Gardens.

6. Blackstairs Eco Trails

Killedmond, Borris, Ireland +353 59 977 3849
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Blackstairs Eco Trails

We give wildlife talks, wildlife photography workshops, kids nature trails and eco treasure hunts! Come and visit The Old Rectory Killedmond where we meet you and provide organic refreshments and talk about the local environment. Afterwards we'll go for a relaxing walk, low hills to no hills, and point out all the amazing flora and fauna we have. Then enjoy afternoon tea in the garden or by the fire and discuss what we've seen. Go wild in the Blackstairs!

Reviewed By Mirtha - Dublin, Ireland

What a lovely weekend we had staying in our Shepherd's Huts with very comfortable beds and enjoying long leisurely breakfasts in the lovely barn with Mary's delicious home made bread. This is a special place, the Gardens are beautiful and Mary and Robert are very welcoming hosts, we enjoyed chatting to them.
The huts are very comfortable, the barn is a great communal space, the bathrooms spacious with lots of hot water and eco friendly products. One bathroom has a bath, great for walkers with weary muscles, and the other is wheelchair accessible.
The weather was unsettled for our visit but if we had long sunny June days, I can think of no better place to be

7. Hidden Trails Guided Tours

Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny, Ireland
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Hidden Trails Guided Tours

hi my name is paddy as a fully qualified guide I like to take people to places that they might not normally get a chance to see I have several walks in and around the Mountains and hills of Kilkenny that are waiting to be discovered along the way I will tell you a few stories about the flora and fauna and folklore that surrounds us here in Irelands ancient east

Reviewed By noreen1000

Went out hiking with Paddy as our guide up the beautiful Brandon Hill. We explored, chatted and had lunch in the most picturesque setting. Paddy was a fantastic guide, very knowledgable and friendly. I would highly recommend Paddy and Hidden Trails, I will certainly be heading out again soon!

8. Jerpoint Abbey

Jerpoint | R448, Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland 353-56-24623
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Jerpoint Abbey

Reviewed By TopDownTrips

We stayed right across the street from here. The remains of this Abbey are quite eerie and breathtaking at the same time. The architecture is very remarkable. I can almost envision how it looked during its day. I would highly recommend this.

9. A Rural Experience - Day Tours

Castlefield, Gowran, Ireland
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A Rural Experience - Day Tours

Reviewed By LMA25

Our driver, Eddie McDonald, was wonderful. Most importantly, Eddie was a fantastic, safe driver. He was prompt, flexible and willing to adapt the daily itinerary to our needs and requests. Eddie knew a tremendous about the "real" Ireland, leading us to incredible sights that were off the beaten path. He was unbelievably adaptable and when one of us left a favorite hat behind in a village 90 minutes away, he drove us back the next day to get it. He even helped us ship Items home from a local post office. Eddie knew the best pubs throughout Ireland, allowing us to stop in rural, out of the way restaurants with fresh, local food and seafood. He was particularly sensitive with the older members of our group, opening doors, taking packages, and always helping us in and out of the van. Eddie was patient with our continually changing itinerary, due to weather or our last minute decision to shop more, see another sight, or venture off somewhere else. He always kept his sense of humor and even shared his amazing voice with us, treating us to a song or two a day. Our tour wouldn't have been as seamless or enjoyable without Eddie, and we felt very lucky to have him as our driver. He truly helped us see the real Ireland. As our trip came to a close, he had become a member of the family. Eddie will be our driver for all of our future trips to Ireland.

10. Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience

The Quay, New Ross, Ireland +353 51 425 239
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Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience

Reviewed By Stourman88

Having travelled to Tipperary to make a Delivery, I found myself very early for the return ferry from Rosslare. Seeing the sign, I thought I would give the experience a go.
Jim and the team bring history back to life. The rebuilt ship is an excellent example of being able to understand how the past should be remembered and learned from.
Although difficult to imagine, this ship and the company saw a business opportunity to take a return cargo of immigrants back to the USA and Canada when already operating laden the other way. Giving starving people hope for the future.
Conditions were tough to say the least but compared to other operators, the mortality rates were significantly less than a lot of west coast ships.
A superb experience to be recommended to anyone in the area. Thank you.

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