Thomastown is a lively market town along a stretch of the River Nore in County Kilkenny. This stretch of the River Nore is well known for its salmon and trout. There are a number of historical landmarks in the vicinity so visitors won’t be stuck for things to see and do. Visitor attractions include Jerpoint Abbey, Kilfane Glen gardens, and Mount Juliet Golf Course.
Kilfane Glen and Waterfall
Kilfane Glen is a restored historic 1790s garden of romantic era with waterfall, woodland walks and cottage orne. The garden is listed as an Irish Heritage garden and was awarded assistance in 1993 by the European Union Cultural Commission. As an amenity it covers about 15 acres (61,000 m2) of easily accessible natural landscape.
Kilfane is open to the public daily from 11am to 6pm from July 1st to August 31st for a small admission fee.
Jerpoint Abbey is an outstanding Cistercian abbey founded in the second half of the 12th century. The church with its Romanesque details dates from this period. In the transept chapels the visitor can see 13th to 16th century tomb sculpture. The tower and cloister date from the 15th century. The chief delight of the Abbey is the sculptured cloister arcade with unique carvings. There is also a Visitor Centre which houses an interesting exhibition.
Mount Juliet Golf Course
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Mount Juliet Estate golf course first opened in 1991 with a friendly match between Jack Nicklaus and Christy O’Connor Snr. Since then, the course has established itself as a premier venue for all levels of golfer. This was highlighted when Mount Juliet played host to golfing legends Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and Pádraig Harrington for the WGC American Express Golf Championship in September 2002 - and again in 2004.
Set in the rolling pastures and woodland of Ireland’s sunny South East, the course is both captivating and memorable. Tiger Woods’ declaration that Mount Juliet Estate presented ‘perfect fairways’ and the ‘best greens we’ve putted on all year’, was a rich tribute to the stature of Ireland’s leading parkland golf course. Mount Juliet Estate welcomes all golfers, whether they’re individual players, golf societies or corporate golf groups.