A Guide to Enjoying Your Easter Break in Kilkenny With Family

We’re sure your little ones are looking forward to the Easter break but how will you entertain them for a week off? A family break in Ireland is always a good idea. You can pack the essentials and hop in the car without worrying about flights or traveling light. Kilkenny is one of the most exciting and family-friendly cities in Ireland to take an Easter family break. There are activities for all ages including adventure sports, educational visits, and creative activities.

Hoban Hotel is the perfect base for family getaways in Kilkenny. Our spacious and comfortable guest rooms are ideal for families with triple rooms available. Book your family getaway in Hoban Hotel Kilkenny on our website for our guaranteed best available rates.


Spending time in the great outdoors is the best way to start the spring season in Ireland. Nore Valley Park is one of the loveliest places to spend a spring afternoon with your little ones. From forest walks to picnic sites, the park is a beautiful part of Kilkenny and a popular place for families. This easter they are hosting a very exciting easter egg hunt, open to children of all ages.

Hunt for hidden eggs all around the park and swap them for sweet treats when you’ve filled your basket. It’s an exciting afternoon for little ones and tires them out before bed – win-win! The Easter Egg Hunt will take place for day visitors to the farm between Saturday 23rd and Sunday 31st of March 2024 from 10 am – 4 pm. Tickets cost €50 for two adults and two children.


Another great day out in Kilkenny for the whole family is at Castlecomer Discover Park. Activities in the park are open every weekend from March 16th on and they are open for the Easter Holidays 25th March – 7th April. They have an exciting easter camp for young adventurers aged 5-8 and 9-12 filled with adventure, nature exploration, and delightful craft activities. Children can discover the wonders of their surroundings while learning about the plants and trees that inhabit the lovely park.

Afternoons will be filled with outdoor activities with high ropes courses for older adventurers. Children will finish their day letting their creative side flourish during craft activities. The camps are ideal for holidaying children, and it allows parents to enjoy a well-deserved break knowing their little ones are safe and entertained.


No visit to Kilkenny is complete without a trip to the Medieval Mile Museum in the converted St. Mary’s Church. It’s a great place for the whole family to learn more about the history of our ancient city and the people who helped establish it. The Medieval Mile is located in the middle of the city and the museum is in the center of the mile.

It’s an educational and interactive place for families and group tours to experience life centuries ago in the city. The Interactive Audio Tour is €8.50 per adult and €3.50 per child, and the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and events. You don’t have to prebook but it might be a good idea during the busy easter break.


If you have little ones aged 11-17 who are passionate about eating, why not book them into a junior cookery course and inspire them to cook for themselves? Cakeface, an independent bakery and café in the heart of the city hosts a juniors 2-day cookery course on 27th & 28th March that sets teens up to cook and bake for themselves.

Students will join chefs in their funky state-of-the-art kitchen each day and learn new a main course and dessert both days, perfect to impress everyone at home. It’s a great way to encourage independence but don’t be surprised if they make a mess at home after! Two-day courses cost €140 per child.


Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a travel-savvy writer for The Hoban Hotel Kilkenny, a world-class hotel for business and leisure travel, offering exceptional accommodation and dining experiences in Ireland’s historic marble city. When she’s not taking vibrant street photos, you can find her writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle.


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