Your local Driver/Guide will meet you at your Hotel, B&B or Guesthouse.
You will then take a short journey to see Burnchurch tower house which was built in the 15th century by the Fitzgerald family. Tower houses were the must have properties when first Built.
From Burnchurch we drive to the majestic ruin of Kells Priory located in a small village of Kells.An Augustinian Priory founded in 1193. It is situated alongside the King’s River about 15km south of the medieval city of Kilkenny. The priory is a National Monument and is in the guardianship of the Office of Public Works. One of its most striking features is a collection of medieval tower houses spaced at intervals along and within walls which enclose a site of just over 3 acres. These give the priory the appearance more of a fortress than of a place of worship and from them comes its local name of ‘Seven Castles’.
Jerpoint Glass is our next stop. For almost 40 years Kathleen and Keith Leadbetter have created a unique collection of Irish handmade glassware from their family run craft studio in Stoneyford. The character and personality of the craftsmen can be seen in each of the handmade pieces that combine everyday functionality with great design. We’ll be able to view a glass-blowing demonstration.
After Jerpoint Glass we drive to Jerpoint Abbey.An outstanding Cistercian abbey founded in the second half of the 12th century. The church with its Romanesque details dates from this period. In the transept chapels the visitor can see 13th to 16th century tomb sculpture.
The tower and cloister date from the 15th century. The chief delight of the Abbey is the sculptured cloister arcade with unique carvings. The Visitor Centre houses an interesting exhibition. Access for visitors with disabilities. Guided tours available.
We then continue to Graignamanagh to visit Cushendale Woollen Mill. Cushendale pride themselves on their ability to craft natural-fibre textiles made with mohair, Irish wool and merino lambswool. They produce a broad range of home furnishings, fashion accessories, knitting yarns and fabrics.
On our way back to kilkenny City we will stop in Bennettsbridge to visit Mosse Pottery. Since 1976, Nicholas Mosse Pottery has been famous for its brightly designed ceramic gift & tableware. His Country Shop offers a viewing area where you might see pottery being thrown or decorated and two floors of beautiful pottery, crafts & gifts.
After a short drive from Bennettsbridge we arrive back in the medieval City of kilkenny.
Tour Cost €230
(Up to 4 people in a Mercedes Benz E class/sedan)
For more than 4 people please email [email protected] for prices.