Jerpoint Park
Jerpoint Park
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10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
About
At Jerpoint Park we strive to immerse you in a unique experience of heritage and culture in a very special destination Thomastown Kilkenny. Unearth the history of Jerpoint Park with a guided tour of the footprints of the deserted 12th Century Medieval Settlement called Newtown Jerpoint. The site also contains the Tomb Effigy of St. Nicholas (Bishop of Myra) plus the Church of St. Nicholas. Sheep dog demonstrations are a wonderful event to see, where man and dog work together as one. Tour times at 10.30am & 2.30pm pre-booking advised.
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  • Paul T
    Hoi An, Vietnam65 contributions
    Jerpoint Park, a great family day out.
    I knew nothing of this heritage site before today, and I'm delighted to have visited. The park includes the site of recently discovered Newtown Jerpoint a town abandoned in the 16th. century. While I'm familiar with the remains of Jerpoint Abbey, I knew nothing of the existence of the town across the river. A genuine welcome, an exhibition of sheep herding by Glen the border collie and a tour of the site of the church of St. Nicholas made this an entertaining and informative day. Children and the young at heart will enjoy this tour. People with an interest in history will be fascinated. I highly recommend this park for a visit. If you are visiting Kilkenny City, it is only 20/25 minutes away. If you incorporate a visit to Kells Priory and Killree monastery on the Kings River, you will get a good insight into medieval Gaelic and Norman history in the area.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Allison M
    6 contributions
    Add Jerpoint Park to your itinerary! Don’t miss!
    So glad we added this stop to our trip to Ireland! We took the private guided tour as well as the sheepdog demonstration. We loved our afternoon at Jerpoint Park and spent around 1.5-2 hours there. The history, the tomb of St. Nicholas, the sheep were all so delightful but the real highlight was our tour guide. He was so kind, hilarious, and knowledgeable. Would absolutely recommend to anyone!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Linda
    29 contributions
    Fascinating and fun experience
    This tour was a highlight of our Ireland trip. What a joy Joe was, full of stories and such a friendly and happy demeanor. Maeve was also so friendly and helped us figure out how to get there on short notice. The history was fascinating and he explained details that we would never have noticed or understood without him. Seeing St. Nicholas's tomb was incredible, more so after hearing about how he came to purchase the land and discover everything that was there. The sheep dog demo was quite fun and the dog was friendly and loved being pet. We didn't know anything about this until the falconer at our hotel suggested we would enjoy it and he was so right!! Well worth the time and very reasonable cost. Agree with another reviewer that boots, or at least closed toe shoes you can wash off, are recommended if you want to walk down to the river through the sheep.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Marilyn L
    5 contributions
    The burial of St. Nicholas. Absolutely fabulous archeological site!
    St. Nick's burial grounds. Uncovered from years of neglect. Along with the church and cemetery from before the crusades. Tom, the owner, was engaging and knowledgeable. I can't believe it's not commercialized or an Irish memorial site. We even got homemade scones with jam and cream from Tom's wife, Maeve. Absolutely fascinating and a can't miss.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Madeleine C
    1 contribution
    Fantastic!
    Jerpoint Park was a high point on our trip to the Kilkenny area. Joe was a well-informed host with a charming sense of humor. We learned a lot about the history of this area and had a lovely demonstration of the work of a sheep dog. I would highly recommend a visit to anyone in the area
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Dawne H
    2 contributions
    Jerpoint Excursion
    Joe was our guide at Jerpoint Park. He was welcoming and funny and full of history. The site is beautiful and we had all the time we needed to explore. No rushing. The walk across the field in amongst all of the stone from the long road and the town set your imagination running wild. After we were finished Joe brought his young dog Glen out and gave us a herding demonstration. I was in awe of the relationship between this man and his dog.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 September 2023
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Amber C
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Couples
One of a kind experience. You’ll walk the property to see ruins of a lost village and see border collies at work. Joe and Shep were amazing.
Written 25 September 2023
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Dawne H
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Sept 2023 • Friends
Joe was our guide at Jerpoint Park.
He was welcoming and funny and full of history. The site is beautiful and we had all the time we needed to explore. No rushing.
The walk across the field in amongst all of the stone from the long road and the town set your imagination running wild.
After we were finished Joe brought his young dog Glen out and gave us a herding demonstration. I was in awe of the relationship between this man and his dog.
Written 18 September 2023
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Madeleine C
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Friends
Jerpoint Park was a high point on our trip to the Kilkenny area. Joe was a well-informed host with a charming sense of humor. We learned a lot about the history of this area and had a lovely demonstration of the work of a sheep dog. I would highly recommend a visit to anyone in the area
Written 15 September 2023
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Marilyn L
5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
St. Nick's burial grounds. Uncovered from years of neglect. Along with the church and cemetery from before the crusades. Tom, the owner, was engaging and knowledgeable. I can't believe it's not commercialized or an Irish memorial site. We even got homemade scones with jam and cream from Tom's wife, Maeve. Absolutely fascinating and a can't miss.
Written 31 August 2023
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Linda
29 contributions
Jun 2023
This tour was a highlight of our Ireland trip. What a joy Joe was, full of stories and such a friendly and happy demeanor. Maeve was also so friendly and helped us figure out how to get there on short notice. The history was fascinating and he explained details that we would never have noticed or understood without him. Seeing St. Nicholas's tomb was incredible, more so after hearing about how he came to purchase the land and discover everything that was there. The sheep dog demo was quite fun and the dog was friendly and loved being pet. We didn't know anything about this until the falconer at our hotel suggested we would enjoy it and he was so right!! Well worth the time and very reasonable cost. Agree with another reviewer that boots, or at least closed toe shoes you can wash off, are recommended if you want to walk down to the river through the sheep.
Written 12 July 2023
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Mitch B
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Jun 2023 • Couples
Just finished our tour at Jerpoint Park. Joe, both the owner and tour guide was fantastic. Very relaxed and full of information. I would recommend seeing the sheep dog demonstration (an additional 5 euros per person). If you have kids, they will love that!
We toured the grounds and felt like we were walking back in time, especially with the details Joe was able to give that we wouldn’t have known to look for if he hadn’t mentioned it.

We also got a chance to just meander through the fields of sheep and down to the river. It was so peaceful and fun to see the sheep watch us.

I would highly recommend taking this tour. Especially if you like history and great stories. Be prepared with cash as they don’t take credit card. The tour itself was 10 euros per person and worth it.

Great for couples or families. It is a bit of walking on bumpy grounds and the sheep have left plenty of droppings in the fields, so I’d suggest you wear closed toe comfortable shoes.
Written 11 June 2023
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Allison M
6 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
So glad we added this stop to our trip to Ireland! We took the private guided tour as well as the sheepdog demonstration. We loved our afternoon at Jerpoint Park and spent around 1.5-2 hours there. The history, the tomb of St. Nicholas, the sheep were all so delightful but the real highlight was our tour guide. He was so kind, hilarious, and knowledgeable. Would absolutely recommend to anyone!
Written 10 June 2023
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Sarah L
3 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
Such a cool place! So much history. We loved the sheepdog demonstration! Glen was a rockstar. Joe and Maeve were so knowledgeable and friendly:) loved seeing st. Nick’s tomb too! All around, excellent
Written 5 June 2023
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Braxton P
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Family
Awesome Expierence. The Sheep dog demonstration was my favorite part and seeing the old building and history is something you cant’t get anywhere else.
Written 4 June 2023
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Roseanne M
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Couples
We arrived without prior booking and we were kindly allowed to join a tour that had started.Our tour guide Joe was brilliant,great craic and very informative. Jerpoint park is an historical and cultural gem.
Written 3 June 2023
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Jerpoint Park is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00