After a busy, hectic couple of weeks my husband decided a last minute staycation was required. We had mulled over the idea of nipping away, just ourselves but as Freddie was off school it seemed like the perfect chance to get away as a family. With a plethora of choices at our doorstep I got to work and found an interesting article here. Based on value for money and proximity to our home we chose the Newpark hotel, Kilkenny. The hotel had some great reviews as well as fab facilities for the little ones. We managed to bag a brilliant deal and paid £290.00 for a room on a bed & breakfast basis.We Arrived in the afternoon after an straightforward 3 hour journey and it was raining cats and dogs!! We didn’t let it dampen our spirits and while getting checked into our hotel room we let the kids play in the kids zone. Additional to that they had a room with facilities for babies, bottle making, extra nappies and changing stations. As well as a teen area, filled with computer games and a comfortable place to chill out.
Following a quick coffee at the Terrace we decided we would head to the National reptile Zoo but on the short drive both kids had fell asleep so, we decided to go for a drive and explore the area, knowing we would most likely have the children stay up a little later. when we arrived back at the hotel the children woke so we used the opportunity to visit the swimming pool! Which seemed to work it’s magic as the kids were so chilled when we dined in the hotel Bar! After swimming we were starving so some burgers and chips cooked to perfection, hit the spot. After dinner and a short walk we retired to bed so we would be fully refreshed for the next days antics.We woke up the next morning to the cockle doodle do of a rooster..because obviously the hotel has a small farm to the side. We got ready and nipped down for breakfast to set us up for the day and made our way into Kilkenny centre (a mete mile away!)
We visited the Castle obviously and then from there took a road train tour round the city. It was really cheap, around 15euro, total. The train took us to all the old sites of the city, with great commentary and some Irish traditional music thrown in for the craic. Once back at the Castle we took a walk around town and had some Lunch. We Knew the kids would be ready for a rest so we hopped in the car and took a drive around the nearby towns-Thomastown, Jerpoint Abbey & mount Juliet! Once we reached Inistioge the kids had woke and we got out for a walk and to find some ice cream.
Inistioge was super cute, quaint, colourful and everything you would hope for a small historic village. We had coffee and ice cream at the Old School house river cafe while looking over the River Nore. It was so lovely! We had dinner back at the hotel again because it was handy and the kids were desperate to get into the pool again! I know for sure if we do a small break again, as long as there’s a pool! They’re happy! We stayed one more night but had to leave early the next day so we spent the night at the hotel letting the kids enjoy all the facilities!
One things for sure! Kilkenny did not disappoint and the Newpark was fab! I usually like to stay somewhere with a beach close by but we didn’t miss it on this occasion! Kilkenny had plenty to offer! Can’t wait to revisit! 💕
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