A Romantic Weekend in Kilkenny

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A Romantic Weekend in Kilkenny

A Romantic Weekend in Kilkenny

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whether you’ve been with your partner for years or at the start of something new, Kilkenny is a city of romance! Set in stunning surroundings, the Marble city has everything needed to make Valentine’s Day 2024 a special occasion for you and your loved one. See below for some inspiration on ways to spend a romantic weekend in Kilkenny.

1. Enjoy an Experience Together

The Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny is a perfect activity to add a splash of difference to your romantic weekend. Along with discovering the story of Smithwick’s and sampling a range of its beloved brews, you’ll have the opportunity to get hands on milling the malt, stirring the mash and smell the hops, and get a true taste of what goes into the brewing process. Enjoying this fun-filled experience with a new romantic interest is sure to let the sparks fly!

On the Valentine's weekend, the Smithwick's Experience is set to embrace an aura of romance. Exclusively on February 17th, from 3 PM to 5 PM, we invite you and your significant other to bask in an evening filled with melodious live music, elegant roses, delectable chocolates, and a romantic ambiance. However, remember, Valentine's Day celebrations are not confined to couples alone. Whether it's with your GALentine or PALentine, come along and be a part of an event that promises to be memorable. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.smithwicksexperience.com

2. Enjoy a Romantic Stroll

For sunset seekers and romantic ramblers, you’ll be spoilt for choice when looking for scenic walks in Kilkenny. If cityscapes are your thing, Kilkenny city makes for a perfect backdrop for a short pre-dinner stroll. Take this a step further by enjoying a walk together through the picturesque gardens of Rothe House, the 16th century merchant townhouse of John Rothe. Or if you prefer to get out into the great outdoors, look no further than Castlecomer Loop. This moderate trail will take you through winding tree-lined roads passing lakes, medieval sites, and forest paths.

3. Wander Historic Sights

What’s more romantic than finding yourself transported back in time to an age of knights and castles? Kilkenny is full of historic sites where couples can spend some time learning about how the city’s past interweaves with its present. Head for Kilkenny Castle in the heart of the city where you’ll discover the heritage of the area or venture further afield and explore some sights off the beaten path (but no less worthwhile). It’s only a short trip from the city centre to Dunmore Cave, where a collection of limestone chambers formed over millions of years, lies in store or travel onwards to Jerpoint Abbey where you can discover ancient carvings as you and your partner contemplate ages past.

4. Enjoy a Candlelit Dinner

When it comes to a romantic dinner in Kilkenny, it’s difficult to beat The YEW Restaurant at the Lyrath Estate. With warm and sophisticated surroundings and vast windows creating a breath-taking backdrop for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The restaurant boasts 2 AA Rosettes and award-winning chefs, making it a perfect venue to impress someone close to your heart.

5. Choose a Romantic Backdrop

Kilkenny has a range of stately guesthouses and hotels that make for a perfect romantic weekend getaway. Treat your loved one (and yourself) to a break in a resort on the edge of the city that encompasses the best of the beautiful landscape and proximity to places of interest. Plenty of packages include spa and dinner combinations, which make it easy to indulge in a long weekend of pampering and a welcome touch of luxury.

For more inspiration and ideas check out our post on couples activities in Kilkenny

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