Delve deep into the history of Smithwick’s, Ireland oldest beer brand, with a visit to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny. With Franciscan monks, living portraits of the Smithwick family and giant holograms, set off on an immersive, guided tour of the Smithwick’s Experience, located in an old Victorian brewing building in Kilkenny city center. Travel from the 13th century right through to modern day as you trace the beer’s history, and learn how the ale is made. Then toast your tour with a meticulously poured pint of Smithwick’s.
• 1 hour
This one of a kind ghost tour takes you trough the medieval capital of Ireland. Kilkenny with its narrow cobbled lanes, remnants of its city walls and with its mystic charm, it should be no surprise that Kilkenny is bursting with tales of the paranormal. Its people have told stories for generations, handed down to become far more than hearsay. Kilkenny’s ghostly tales all have one very important thing in common they are all based around fact and arise from genuine historic tragedies.Since Kilkenny is the home of the first ever witch trial and witch burning it is vital that visitors fit in with the surroundings and therefore each visitor will wear a witches hat and cape to ensure their safe passage through the narrow cobbled lanes and will also carry lanterns to protect their save passage through the medieval city.
• 1 hour
Take a 2-hour trip to experience the ancient Irish sporting heritage of hurling. We provide a unique sporting experience giving you an insight into the world's oldest (3000 yrs) and fastest field game in the true home of hurling champions, Kilkenny and the Kilkenny Cats.
• 2 hours
800 years of history under one roof in a 13th century church and graveyard. At the award-winning Medieval Mile Museum we tell the stories of Kilkenny's powerful patrons and inspired creators through the buildings and artefacts they left behind. With an interactive audio self-guide you will discover the characters that built this medieval city.
• 3 hours
You will be warmly welcomed by your host Richenda and Michael into their historic home and enjoy a welcome cup of coffee or tea with biscuits or scones in their gorgeous living room. Next, enter Richenda’s kitchen where you will learn to learn to cook an authentic Irish meal with Richenda’s creative touches from recipes that have been passed down through generations of her family. Your cooking demo will involve watching your host prepare 4-5 dishes from scratch. You will watch her prepare an Irish stew the traditional way, brown soda bread (her mother’s recipe) and a soup, or dessert. Your meal might also include a few dishes that Richenda may have prepared in advance. Please note that this is a demonstration, not a hands-on cooking class, and will last about two and a half hours. Enjoy learning about Richenda's secret tips and techniques involved in Irish cooking before you sit down at the table to share the meal together over delightful conversation!
• 4 hours
Meet your hosts Richenda and Michael at their gorgeous home built in the 18th century. Sit down around a cozy fire and enjoy a cup of tea and scones as you hear about the delightful history of their home which has been in the family for generations. Weather permitting, Richenda and Michael will take you on a quick tour of the family’s vegetable garden and apple orchard where you might pick a few herbs for your meal. Back at the dining table, enjoy Richenda’s creations - either a three-course meal or a creative Irish tasting menu. Possible dishes are spring pea and mint or beetroot and coconut soup, a main course, such as a beef and Guinness stew with a side of glazed parsnips and parsnips or stuffed chicken with mushrooms and spiced vegetables, all served with traditional Irish bread. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of a seasonal Irish tart (made from rhubarb or apples from the garden), a rich chocolate rum torte or a homemade lemon curd meringue roulade.
• 2 hours
This 1-hour Hurling Tour involves giving tourists a presentation informing them about the sport. We delve into the history of Hurling and how it has evolved into the fastest field game in the world, that we see today. This is all done in a Hurling team's dressing room in Kilkenny City, giving tourists that up-close, intense experience. Once tourists are up-to-date on the basics of the game, we take them on to the field to try a few basic skills for themselves. This is the part that has proved most popular, with guests eager to get immersed in the Irish culture.
• 1 hour