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Historic Buildings

Places of historic importance in Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
This Georgian Walled Garden was built by the Colclough (pronounced Coke-lee) family over 200 years ago, before 1814. Restoration work by volunteers, organised by Hook Tourism, began in July 2010, after a five-year licence was signed with the garden’s owners Coillte Teoranta. The original layout of the Walled Garden has been reinstated as it was in the 1830’s.
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A 13th-century castle standing on a rock at the head of the Slaney's navigable tideway. Probably built by Gerald de Prendergast during the 1230s. In 1253 it passed through marriage to the Rochford family, and by the 15th century was held by the MacMurrough Kavanaghs. It was captured by Cromwellian troops in 1649 and was used as a prison during the 1798 Rebellion. During the early 19th century the castle suffered a restoration by the Earl of Plymouth, and yet another at the end of the century by a local MP who enlarged it and used it as a residence. The building now houses the county museum. It has been renovated in 2011, with displays and tour exploring the development of the Castle and town from its earliest Anglo-Norman origins (12th Century) through to the 20th century with recreations of the last resident's rooms. The exhibition also explores the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy when it was occupied by members of the Irish Volunteers during the Easter Rising. Visitors may also access the roof during a guided tour, offering spectacular views of the surrounding buildings, Vinegar Hill, and the Wexford countryside. Group size on tours is limited to 25. Facilities include craft & gift shop, wheelchair access to all floors and a visitor information point.
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There is something very homely and local about Gowran Park, probably to do with the wooded parkland, situated in the centre of the racecourse giving it a warmth and character that is not to be found on any other course in Ireland. It is really the perfect setting for horseracing and now has all modern facilities to enjoy competitive racing.
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Jerpoint Park is a visitor attraction in Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny. A National Monument Heritage Site with footprints of 12th Century Medieval Town & the Tomb of St. Nicholas (Bishop of Myra). Tea Rooms in Country House serving Homemade Scones a delight. Fishing on the River Nore for wild Salmon & Brown Trout on our private Fishery is special. Pony & Trap rides are magical.
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Kia-Ora Mini farm is a family run open farm in Gorey, Co. Wexford which was established 1991. An ideal day out for all the family, children can get up close to the animals, hold and feed all the animals that you would expect to see in the farmyard along with some more unusual types such as llamas, emus, alpacas, pot-bellied pigs, chinchillas, parrots, scottish highland cows, kerry cows and many more. Kia-Ora Mini farm make safety their priority and the farm is safe for kids to explore and learn about the animals. Facilities include sandpits, a football pitch, a rough rider track and we have a convoy of ride on tractors. There is a coffee shop with homemade fare and with lots of outdoor seating available you can have a picnic too. The farm is wheelchair accessible with cement paths. There are toilets and baby changing facilities and a large carpark. <iframe width="500" height="284" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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Lismore Heritage Centre uses audio-visual media to chart the history of Lismore accompanied by 'Brother Declan.' The award winning audio visual display is narrated by Niall Toibin who in the guise of a monk takes you on an entertaining journey through Monastic, Viking, Norman, and Medieval Lismore to the present day. Visitors can walk through the exhibition galleries and encounter historic figures from Lismore's past. One exhibition is devoted to Robert Boyle, 'The Father of Modern Chemistry' who was responsible for the scientific principle called 'Boyle's Law.'
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Reputedly the most haunted house in Ireland; set in the beautiful Hook Peninsula, Loftus Hall was re-named in 1666 – a spooky date. Guides direct you through the ground floor on an interactive tour and recount the grim and gruesome history behind Loftus Hall & its notorious visitor! Be ready, Be brave, Beware.. After your spooky encounter take refuge in our cafe, activity gardens or on our beach.
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Rothe House & Garden, a historic house in Kilkenny in the South East of Ireland, is the only example of an early 17th century merchant’s townhouse in Ireland. Built between 1594 and 1610, Rothe House is steeped in rich local and national history and a visit is high on the list of things to do in Kilkenny. The House and Garden are owned by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, and managed by Rothe House Trust. The House is open to the public as a Museum, displaying some of the 2,500 historic artefacts collected by the Society since its founding in 1947. These artefacts all relate to Kilkenny heritage throughout the ages and some date from pre-historic times.The Garden, newly opened in 2008, is a reconstruction of an early 17th century urban garden, and has become a very popular garden to visit in Ireland.
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Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny is a new visitor attraction located in the heart of Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, less than a 5 minute walk from Kilkenny Castle. Smithwick’s Experience is open daily (Monday – Sunday) throughout the year from 10am – 6pm (last tour leaves each day at 5pm). This family friendly attraction (children under 18 receive a complimentary soft drink, adults receive a pint of Smithwicks) has fully guided tours for all visitors. The attraction has wheelchair access throughout, caters for groups of any size and provides complimentary audio guides also available in French, German, Spanish and Italian. Tours to the public run every 20 minutes and visitors can either pay on arrival on the day or pre-book online via
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A Cistercian Abbey, founded c. 1200 by William, the Earl Marshall and named after Tintern in Wales. The remains consist of nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. It was partly converted into living quarters after 1541 and further adapted over the centuries. The Abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th century until 1960s.
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