Ireland’s Ancient East offer visitors a “relaxing journey of discovery” crammed with 5,000 years of Irish history that visitors can enter at any point and explore at their leisure. It incorporates counties in the east of Ireland including Wexford, Waterford, Carlow and Kilkenny. Stay in the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel while visiting Ireland’s Ancient East.
Ireland’s Ancient East is themed along four main pillars:
- Ancient Ireland: Including the prehistoric attractions of the Boyne Valley in Newgrange and sites such as the Brownshill Dolmen in Carlow
- Early Christian Ireland: Including sites such as Clonmacnoise, Glendalough, Mellifont abbey, Jerpoint Abbey, St.Canice’s Cathedral and Holycross Abbey
- Medieval Ireland: Including Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, the Viking Triangle in Waterford, Hook Head Lighthouse, Trim Castle and the Rock of Cashel
- Anglo Ireland: Including Ireland’s Great Houses and Gardens as well as sites such as the Dunbrody Famine Ship and Wicklow Gaol County Kilkenny
Explore the Stories and discover themes like Castles & Conquests, Vikings, Sacred Ireland and High Kings & Heroes, all of which you can experience in Ireland’s Ancient East. Uncover the Highlights, the places and attractions you don’t want to miss. Our Anecdotes will entertain you with short stories about particular places to enhance your overall experience. Whet your appetite before you visit with our videos, imagery, audio and illustrations and start to immerse yourself in Ireland’s Ancient East!
All the following places are only a 15 to 20 minute drive from the Hotel.
Castlecomer Discovery Park is set in a beautiful 80 acre woodland and boasts an exciting range of recreational and educational activities with scenic walking trails, lakes, boating, high-ropes adventure activities, an indoor museum exhibition, orienteering trails, an comprehensive education programme, design craftyard & much more.
Dunmore Caves consist of a series of chambers formed over millions of years, the cave contains some of the finest calcite formations found in any Irish cave. The cave has been known to man for many centuries and is first mentioned in the 9th century Irish Triads. The most interesting reference however, comes from the Annals which tells of a Viking massacre at the cave in the year 928 AD.
The Hoban Memorial in Cuffesgrange was constructed in 2008 to honour the 250th Anniversary of the birth of James Hoban (1758 – 1831), Architect of ‘The White House’. Located at Desart, Cuffesgrange, close to the birthplace of James Hoban. The structure is 30 meters long and 3 meters high, is impressive, modern and well worth a visit.
Jerpoint Abbey in Thomastown features 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.