February is the month of love. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on 14th February across the world and couples spoil each other with gifts of flowers, chocolates and heartfelt cards. The celebration originated from a Roman Festival celebrating the start of Springtime and has been a date in our calendars since the year 469.
This year, make your Valentines one to remember with a trip to Kilkenny, a beautiful medieval city, and stay at one of the romantic hotels in town.
Kilkenny has all of the elements required for a truly romantic weekend: great food, luxury hotels and old city charm. Here are some of our suggestions to make your stay as romantic as possible for both of you.
1. Visit the charming sights
If your idea of romance is strolling hand in hand with the one you love, checking out the sights and sounds of a new town, Kilkenny is perfect for you.
Kilkenny has beautiful lawns, picturesque churches, cobbled streets, and our very own castle surrounded by stunning gardens. Visit our museums, especially the Medieval Mile Museum which gives you a great insight into life here in olden days. We also have many shops selling authentic handmade goods, perfect to bring home as gifts or as a memento of your wonderful weekend exploring Ireland’s Ancient East.
We can’t guarantee good weather, but we can guarantee that whatever pub you pop your head into as a shelter from the rain will have a great atmosphere and often live music while you enjoy a pint.
2. Enjoy romantic dining all day, from breakfast to dinner
Romance and food go hand in hand and there is no better dining experience in Ireland’s Foodie Destination 2018.
Statham’s restaurant, one of the finest in Kilkenny, combines a warm welcome and laid-back style with delicious local Kilkenny produce. Statham’s has an all-day menu with breakfast, brunch, lunch and evening dinner served in stylish and modern surrounds. Not only do they offer an impressive menu, highlighting the city’s local produce and the skills and talent of their kitchen team – they also specialise in pairing their food with their large selection of wines from around the world.
3. Pamper yourselves
Nothing says romance like relaxing with the one you love. Everyone’s ideal treatment is different, that’s why the best spas in the city offer a huge variety of treatments to suit all tastes.
Mint Medispa, one of the best in Kilkenny, offer a full range of services including facials, make-up application and lessons, waxing and exclusive signature packages. Their clinic department offers micro-needling, skin Peels and laser hair removal or skin rejuvenation among other treatments. They also offer a range of massage styles, each designed with you in mind leaving you feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated – ideal for a Valentine’s treat!
4. Stay in a luxury Kilkenny Hotel
One Valentine’s treat that never goes out of style is a stay in a luxury hotel. Kilkenny is the jewel of Ireland’s Ancient East and rewarding yourselves with a stay at a four-star Kilkenny hotel in the centre of town is an ideal choice for you.
Not all hotels are the same. Find a hotel that offers special Valentine’s packages for loved-up couples including:
- A luxurious overnight stay in a stylish and comfortable hotel room
- A delicious three-course meal
- Chilled Prosecco and chocolate-dipped strawberries in your room upon arrival
- Full Irish & continental breakfast the following morning
- Complimentary high-speed wi-fi
- Complimentary car parking
No matter what your ideal Valentine’s weekend entails, Kilkenny has something for you. We are proud of our city and county and we’re always ready to recommend something romantic, exciting or interesting for you to check out.
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a savvy travel and lifestyle writer for Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny, a four-star boutique hotel in Kilkenny, offering exceptional accommodation and dining experiences in Ireland’s historic marble city. When she’s not taking vibrant street photos, you can find her writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle.
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