When was the last time you visited Jerpoint? With nearby walking trails, artisan cafes and visitor centres there are so many things to do in the neighbourhood! Make a day of it! Meander through the gorgeous countryside, stopping here and there to breath-in the local cultural offerings! Here are some of our recommendations for a day trip to Jerpoint Glass.
Knockdrinna Farm House Cheese
You too can have cheese fit for a Queen! During her State Visit, Queen Elizabeth was served one of the fine artisan cheeses produced at Knockdrinna Farm, just 2k from Jerpoint Glass in Stoneyford village. Start your day with a trip to the farm shop where they serve their award winning range of sheep, goat and cow’s milk cheeses as well as pesto, relish, delicious pork sausages and farm eggs. They have a charming coffee shop, perfect for elevenses and the petting farm is great entertainment for the kids.
Jerpoint Glass Studio and Gallery Shop
Nestled in the beautiful Kilkenny countryside, Jerpoint Glass is the next destination! You can watch the glassblowing, a most exciting spectacle, browse in the shop and see the exhibitions in the Glass Attic Gallery. Visitors can get really close to the action in the workshop watching the skilled glassblowersmanipulate flowing red-hot molten glass.
In the stone building you will find our shop and gallery where the full Jerpoint collection is available including one-off glass blown pieces and seconds available at reduced prices. In the gallery, craft and art adorn the wall and exhibition space throughout the year and our annual Kilkenny Arts Festival exhibition should not to be missed!
Karen Morgan Porcelain
New to the neighbourhood is ceramic artist, Karen Morgan who creates a unique collection of hand-crafted porcelain-ware. Her award winning creations are beautiful and functional sculptural pieces with subtle folds and curves. We love her colour pallet of sea blues, greens and white!
Jerpoint Park & Jerpoint Abbey
For the ‘culturally curious’ visitor, less than 2k from the glassblowing studio you will find two fantastic heritage sites, Jerpoint Park -The Lost Town, an abandoned mediaeval town, tearoom and the alleged tomb of St Nicholas and Jerpoint Abbey an outstanding Cistercian abbey founded in the 12th century with 13th to 16th century tomb sculpture. Our Worrymonks were inspired by the stone carvings in the sculptured cloister arcade at Jerpoint Abbey.
Next stop the bustling town of Thomastown. Known for its quirky bars and cafes, craft and vintage shops - a haven for culture vultures! Recently awarded the title ‘Kilkenny’s Town of Food’ with its newly opened culinary school that runs classes throughout the year. Some of our favourite spots in Thomastown are the Watergarden for home baked cakes and a lazy stroll, Coffee at The Riverside Café or an evening meal at Sol Bistro then on to The Bridgebrook Arms especially on Thursdays for Open Mic! Clay Creations for some quirky ceramics and Hunter Gatherer for previously loved and vintage clothes.
Mount Juliet Estate
End your tour of the neighbourhood with a trip to Mount Juliet Estate and Golf. Set within 1500 acres of woodlands, rolling meadows and bountiful rivers. Mount Juliet Estate is right on the doorstep of Jerpoint Glass Studio with a second entrance in Thomastown. Take a walk through one of the lush gardens or woodlands on the estate. We love the Rose Garden with its heady scent of Old English Roses in the summer months! Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the drawing room of Mount Juliet House or an incredible feast at the Michelin-starred Lady Helen fine-dining restaurant.
There are several riverside walks, hiking trails and breath-taking scenery to enjoy along the way too. We look forward to seeing you in the neighbourhood soon. What are your favourite spots to enjoy in Stoneyford or Thomastown?