- Kilkenny, Gowran - Take N9 north.
- Waterford, Ballyhale, Mullinavat - Take N9 south.
- Bennettsbridge, Inistioge, New Ross - Take R700.
By TrainThomastown train station (Station Road, +353 56 24218) was opened on 12 May 1848. It is on the Dublin - Waterford line, which also serves Athy, Carlow, Bagenalstown and Kilkenny. There are 6 trains a day in each direction. It is open M-Su 07:00-19:30.
The platform is very small and not suitable for wheelchairs. Tickets and timetable information can be got at the stations, online or by phone (+353 1 703-4070 between 09:00-17:00 M-F).
phone: +353 56 772-4623Built in the 12th century. It is Ireland's finest Cistercian monastic ruin with a magnificently sculptured cloister arcade. Includes visitor and exhibition centre.
phone: +353 56 774-7105address: KilfaneThe gardens of Kilfane House were built in the 1790s. They were restored in the 1970s. They are listed as an Irish Heritage garden. There are woodlands, walks and a waterfall over 15 acres.
Grennan CastleA 13th century, built by Thomas FitzAnthony, after who Thomastown is named.
Watergardenphone: +353 56 774690address: Ladywell StreetPeaceful garden hidden in Thomastown with many interesting features – sparkling fountains, water wheel, waterfall, wonderful plants, coffee shop, craft shop and garden centre.
phone: +353 86 858-0630address: Stoneyford, Kilkenny. But run in location of choiceThis group whiskey tasting has some excellent reviews. Learn about whiskey and try some rare Irish whiskies.
phone: +353 56 777300
GolfThis golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is one of the top golf courses in the country. It often holds international golf tournaments.
Horse RidingLessons, treking and cross country over 700 acres.
SpaThe perfect place to escape
phone: +353 56 775-4077address: 2 Market StSome beautiful old furniture, mirrors and clocks.
Handcrafted GoodsKilkenny is known for its excellent array of high quality arts and crafts. All of the items below are made in Thomastown. In most cases, you can visit the workshops themselves and see how the items are made.
The brand 'Made In Kilkenny' promotes the local craft industry. Look out for it.
phone: +353 56 77 30740address: Newtownbaker, KellsKilkenny is known as the marble city. This designer makes necklaces from local marble and other gems/stones.
phone: +353 56 772-4977address: Low StreetCeramic studio that makes comtempory, original designs. There is also a gallery.
Jackie and Ed Keilthy Jewelleryphone: +353 56 779-3694address: SugarstownHave been making individual jewellery for over 17 years.
phone: +353 56 772-4350address: StoneyfordA family run glass studio production handmade items since 1979.
Sol Bistrophone: +353 56 775-4945address: Low Streetgood honest local food freshly cooked and tastefully presented at value for money prices.
phone: +353 56 777-3000
Kendal's RestaurantInformal French restaurant in The Hunters Yard.
Lady Helen RestaurantAward winning formal restaurant.
The Long Man of Kilfanephone: +353 56 772-4774address: Dublin RdA restaurant running for over 17 years. Serves traditional food, steaks and seafood.
Watergarden Cafephone: +353 56 772-4690address: LadywellTraditional cafe. Coffee, lunch, organic food.
The Bridge Brook ArmsTraditional family run pub. Has live music and poetry readings. Also has internet café.
phone: +353 56 772-4273address: Logan StreetOver 70 years old, this pub is knows for its traditional old surroundings. Have beer garden, serve lunch, and has live gigs and exhibitions.
phone: +353 56 777-3000The main bar at Mount Juliet. Also serves light food.
Murphy'sphone: +353 56 772-4160address: Low St
phone: +353 56 772-4166address: JerpointBeside Jerpoint Abbey, this refurbished country house with six rooms. B&B
phone: +353 56 775-8488This house was built in 1760, in parkland overlooking the River Nore. Tastefully decorated rooms.
phone: +353 56 772-4124address: New Ross RoadFive en-suite rooms in a picturesque location.
phone: +353 56 777300This four star hotel, set in one of Ireland's best golf courses which has played host to Tiger Woods and Pardaig Harrington, is a luxury. Its unbeatable setting with rivers, valleys and forests is worth a day in itself for fishing and riding. Has two restaurants.
phone: +353 56 772-8224address: Oldtown, StoneyfordB&B with four ensuite rooms
- Kilkenny - The capital city of County Kilkenny is an attractive medieval town is 17km from Thomastown. It is home to the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, held annually in early June.
- Inistioge - a beautiful little village on the river Nore. Just above the village, are Woodstock Gardens, which are being restored to period 1840 -1890. Only a few km south of Thomastown.