Jerpoint Abbey

Thomastown (Irish: Baile Mhic Andáin) is a 13th Century medieval walled town in County Kilkenny. It is on the bank of the river Nore and is famous for Jerpoint Abbey, Kilfane Glen gardens, and Mount Juliet Golf Course. Thomastown lies in a valley. Thomastown is 17km southeast from Kilkenny on the R700. It is the middle town on a series of towns dotted along the River Nore. To the northwest is Bennettsbridge. To the southeast is Inistioge. If driving please note that the centre of Thomastown operates a one way system due to the narrow nature of the streets in its core. The town has grown substantially over the past decade due to its proxminity to Kilkenny and less expensive housing. The town has all the essential services required for tourists. In the last year a new Super Valu and Lidl supermarket opened on the road towards Gowran on the edge of town. The town's best aforementioned attractions lie a couple of kilometres outside the town all in different directions so a car will be required to see them. Be sure to visit the watergarden in the town just off the main street.

Get in

JJ Kavanangh's bus services between Waterford and Dublin pass through the town. Thomastown is also serviced by a bus run between New Ross and Kilkenny City.

By Car

By Train

Thomastown 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).

Get around

Thomastown is a small town. Everywhere in the town is within walking distance. If driving bear in mind that the centre of Thomastown operates a one way system.


The River Nore, Thomastown


  • Golf. This golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is one of the top golf courses in the country. It often holds international golf tournaments. Green fees €70-150.
  • Horse Riding (Mount Juliet Equestrian Centre), e-mail: . 08:00-18:00 Daily. Lessons, treking and cross country over 700 acres.
  • Spa. The perfect place to escape


Handcrafted Goods

Kilkenny 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.

In 2009, the brand 'Made In Kilkenny' was created to help promote the local craft industry. Look out for it.




Go next

This article is issued from Wikivoyage - version of the Saturday, August 30, 2014. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.