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A Lovers Guide to Kilkenny - Perfect for Valentine's!

Romance in Kilkenny

For some, Valentine’s is just another day. For others, it’s a day to be celebrated and a chance to show the special someone in your life how much you love them. Can you guess which side we’re on? We love to show love and encourage couples to enjoy romantic trips to explore the best of Ireland’s Ancient East. Pembroke Kilkenny Hotel is a fantastic setting for a romantic break in Kilkenny. Our luxurious and comfortable hotel has everything you need for a break for two, creating memories that will last forever. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two, cocktails from the bar and an indulgent treatment from Mint Medispa before a great night’s sleep. Here are some ways to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s in Kilkenny.

Explore Kilkenny Castle with a Romantic Picnic

Explore a place fit for Kings and Queens with a tour of the formidable Kilkenny Castle. As one of the most prominent and popular places to visit in the city, it would be a shame to waste a chance to explore a castle in real life & share the experience with the person you love. Kilkenny Castle is a remnant of the Norman occupation of Ireland dating back to the 12th century. You can explore the castle on a guided tour and admire the artefacts, architecture and culture. If the weather is on your side, spend some time exploring the grounds of the castle and perhaps organise a picnic for your other half as a romantic surprise. On the way out, stop and admire the artworks and local talent on show in the Kilkenny Design Centre and pick up a gift as a memento.

Take a Hike

Some people’s idea of romance is candles and roses and others prefer to spend a day exploring the great outdoors together. If you’re part of the latter, why not organise a scenic hike for you and the one you love as a Valentine’s activity? The Brandon Hill Loop is a great place for a challenging but rewarding hike. This 12km trail follows roads, forestry tracks and hillside walkways to reach the ultimate view from the top. Time it well so you can arrive for a wonderful pink sunset or sunrise. Afterwards, make your way back to the charming town of Graiguenamanagh to refuel and for a well-deserved drink.

Stroll Hand in Hand

If you love to get out in the open but a strenuous hike isn’t your idea of fun, Kilkenny is full of short walks and trails. There are an abundance of historic sites, ruins, parks, gardens and more, both in the city and just outside to explore together. Take a trip to Woodstock Gardens in Inistioge. The gardens overlook the Nore Valley and have scenic attractions including an arboretum, walled garden, terraced garden, yew walk and rose garden. In the city, Butler House it’s beautiful, secluded gardens are an oasis of calm in an otherwise busy part of town. It’s the perfect place to surprise your love and pop the question. Or ask about our Rooftop Proposals for a view they’ll never forget!

Jewellers in Kilkenny

If you’re planning to make this Valentine’s one they will never forget, Kilkenny is a great city to ask for their hand in marriage. We’ve helped hundreds of proposals, engagements and marriages and the city is the perfect backdrop for a romantic trip. Kilkenny is also one of the finest counties in Ireland to purchase that special piece of jewellery to mark your love. Whether you’re looking for a watch to make the occasion or a ring to announce your news, you’ll find some of the world’s most impressive and intricate craftsmanship in one of our 15 jewellers, watch-makers and diamond specialists.

Romantic Getaway for Two

Stay in Pembroke Kilkenny Hotel Kilkenny this Valentine’s Day and make new memories together. Book a night away for two, spend time relaxing and enjoying the most delicious food. All rates include:

  • Overnight accommodation in a double/twin room with king-sized beds, Nespresso machine, flat screen TV and air conditioning
  • Full Irish and continental breakfast
  • Complimentary wi-fi & car parking

Valentine’s Day Gifting

Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, so it’s not ideal for a getaway. Instead, give a gift to look forward to, a gift to experience, a gift to remember!

Let your Valentine unwrap a luxury gift voucher from Pembroke Kilkenny. Choose dining & drinks at Statham’s, wellness & relaxation at Mint Medispa, a getaway break in Kilkenny city, or a monetary voucher to let them choose their own gift

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