Love in Kilkenny: 5 Romantic Things to Do with Your Partner
Love is always in the air in Kilkenny. From excellent hotels & restaurants to romantic spots to explore and in hand – no matter what your idea of romance, Kilkenny will tick that box. Before you add things to your bucket list for your visit, check our Pembroke Kilkenny hotel packages ideal for couples, groups of friends or families. Our in-house bar & restaurant is a great place to start or finish your evening and our spacious comfortable bedrooms are perfect to unwind together.
Visiting Kilkenny this Valentine’s Day? In this article, we’ll share 5 romantic things to do in Kilkenny on your couple’s getaway.
1. Visit Kilkenny Castle
Have you always thought of yourselves as a King and Queen? Exploring Kilkenny Castle in the heart of the city will make you feel right at home. The castle is one of the oldest buildings in the city dating back to the 12th century and is a beauty to admire. Take a stroll hand-in-hand around the perfectly manicured grounds and gardens admiring the lawns, the flowers and the indigenous trees. You can also arrange a tour of the castle, experiencing how the other half lived way back when. Soak up a little more local culture in Kilkenny Design Centre where you can also pick up a memento of your romantic break.
2. Walk hand in hand around Ireland’s Medieval Mile
What could be more romantic than enjoying the local history of a beautiful place like Kilkenny, creating memories that will last a lifetime? Take a stroll through the city centre from church to castle on the Medieval Mile, all the while learning about the events and people that shaped our city. Along the cobbled streets, you can enjoy some of the most interesting buildings in Kilkenny including Rothe Abbey, Medieval Mile Museum and some beautiful artwork. You can walk the mile alone, with a virtual guide or as part of a tour, whatever suits you best. Stop for a pint in Kyteler’s Inn and learn the hunting story of Alice Kyteler, Kilkenny’s infamous witch.
3. Give your partner a special something
If you’re on the hunt for a very special piece of jewellery to show your other half how much they mean to you, Kilkenny will not disappoint. There are over 15 jewellers in our small town, each with something unique and special to offer depending on your budget and preferences. Right beside us is the reknowned Rudolf Heltzel, a one-of-a-kind jeweller, thriving for decades due to superb craftsmanship. Each of the pieces sold are created lovingly by hand, meaning a huge amount of care and attention goes into each one. His son Christopher has taken the helm of the shop on St Patrick Street, and they specialise in engagement rings – hint hint!
4. Treat Them To Dinner and Drinks
Regardless of history, heritage or jewellery, you’re in Kilkenny to spend some quality time together. You’ll be spoiled for choice with fantastic places to eat, drink and chat on every corner from kerbside cafes to Michelin-starred restaurants. There is something to suit all budgets from fast food to fine dining to a romantic dinner for two. Pick up a coffee to keep you fueled for a day of exploring or enjoy a few (too many) drinks in one of the local pubs enjoying live music and colourful characters.
Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny has its own taste of romance for couples to enjoy. Statham’s Restaurant is our in-house dining space, complete with a fantastic local menu and a great atmosphere. Our new market menu gives our guests a flavour of the very finest local produce from Kilkenny, expertly prepared by our team of chefs to our head chef’s exacting standards. You can accompany your meal with a glass of wine or finish your night with some delicious, made-to-order cocktails from the bar before retiring to your comfortable bedroom.
5. Find a romantic hotel in Kilkenny
Visit our official website to read more informative blogs inspiring you to see the best of Kilkenny. You’ll also have exclusive access to our best available rates and special offers when you book with us, and can book breakfast, dinner or a spa treatment with your stay. Our ‘Loved Up’ package includes everything you need to make the most of your romantic break.
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a savvy travel and lifestyle writer for Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny, a four-star boutique hotel in Kilkenny, 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.