A centrally located manor house originally built by the owners of Kilkenny Castle, Butler House offers warm and attentive service in an elegant setting. The hotel offers instant access to Kilkenny’s main street but also has large and attractive gardens.
Located just ten minutes north of Kilkenny, Newpark Hotel sits in extensive grounds that offer a wide range of activities for families. This contemporary hotel is decorated in a warm, contemporary style and has a range of inviting guest rooms with comfortable modern decor. All rooms offer views of the hotel grounds and feature a variety of modern conveniences such as flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service.
The hotel offers a choice of dining options with creative, modern Irish dishes served in the stylish Gulliver’s Restaurant and more casual fare in the lively Scott’s Bar & Brasserie. For a more informal meal unwind in the outdoor, year-round, covered terrace equipped with barbecues in the summer and fire pits in the cooler months.The Escape Health Club & Spa features a well-equipped gym as well as an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and outdoor Jacuzzi. In addition, this family-run hotel offers a variety of outdoor activities including walking paths that wind through the grounds, a children’s playground and a small animal farm.
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Like the rest of the hotel, the guest rooms are contemporary but elegant and inviting. All rooms feature views of the extensive grounds and offer an array of modern conveniences including complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and 24-hour room service. Extra touches include in-room tea and coffee making facilities, heated, fog-resistant bathroom mirrors and underfloor heating in the bathrooms. Some Executive rooms have a balcony and one has an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Set within parkland, the Newpark Hotel is a tranquil retreat located on the edge of medieval Kilkenny. The property is approximately a ten-minute drive or a half hour walk from the heart of town and the hotel staff can assist with arranging a taxi to the main attractions.
Food and drink
Scott’s Bar & Brasserie is a bustling restaurant furnished with dark woods and deep red banquettes and has a warm, welcoming ambience. For a more upscale dinner, Gulliver’s Restaurant has understated decor in muted tones and serves a modern Irish menu. The outdoor terrace offers casual dining with comfortable seating, plush throws, a retractable roof and fire pits and heaters.
The Newpark Hotel caters well for families with young children. Children aged 4 to 12 can partake in the Krazy Kats Kids Club, which is open every weekend and over school breaks. Other activities include an outdoor playground with a zip-line, a go-kart track and a wildlife farm. Alternatively, children can search for fairies on the trail that winds through the grounds.
Facilities and activities
The Escape Health Club & Spa contains an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room as well as an outdoor Jacuzzi that overlooks the hotel’s leafy grounds. The gym offers a diverse array of equipment and personal trainers are also on hand for individual sessions or a wide range of fitness classes. Alternatively, unwind with a spa treatment.
The hotel offers a limited number of fully wheelchair-accessible rooms.
We love the wide range of family amenities available at this contemporary hotel located on the edge of the city.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Mount Juliet’s stables have been completely transformed to create the sophisticated and contemporary Hunter’s Yard hotel. Guests of the estate have access to wide-range of activities on the extensive grounds including fishing, horse riding and golf.
The stately, 18th-century Mount Juliet manor house sits on a vast estate whose extensive grounds offer a wide range of activities. Guests can go fishing, horse riding, or try their hand at the award-winning 18-hole golf course.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Learn the basic skills of the ancient sport of hurling with Kilkenny masters during this hands-on experience that offers private tuition as well as a chance to learn about the history of the game and its sporting legends.
Trace your relatives and discover Ireland’s famine history on this full-day tour of Ireland’s southeast. Meandering between Kilkenny and Waterford, it takes in the Dunbrody Famine Ship, explores the Kennedy dynasty’s roots and visits 13th-century Dunbrody Abbey.
Explore medieval Kilkenny on a guided tour that offers an insight into the city’s long history, creative residents and significant buildings. Visit Kilkenny Castle and Black Abbey as well as the meandering medieval streets as you learn about life here over the centuries.