Nore Valley Park

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    Meet our cute farm animals
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    Cuddle baby animals
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    Get up close and personal!
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    Race each other on our pedal go-karts
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    Enjoy our kid-approved playground
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    Stay in our Wooden Lodges
  • Mobile Farm

    Perfect for parties – we can bring our friendly farm animals to meet you! With different packages to suit your needs, we bring our Mobile Farm van to schools, crèches, parties, family days & promotional events across the South East and beyond.

Nore Valley Park is a campsite, an open farm and an activity centre. We are open from March to October each year.

Nestled on the banks of the idyllic River Nore, we are the perfect countryside location for a relaxing family getaway while being a very short distance (20 minutes) from Kilkenny city, and very close to the M9 motorway.

A family-run business in operation since 1989, we put families first. Our annual events and activities and our award-winning facilities are recommended by and focussed on families.

As well as a stunning campsite overlooking rolling green hills and a gentle river, we are home to a wide range of farm animals. On the farm, you will see everything from the more common farm animals such as sheep and goats, hens and ducks to the more unusual, like ostriches, owl and red deer.

While the farm is ideal for a family day out, some may want the fun of the farm at home... Well, our farm can come to you! Book our Mobile Farm and we will bring gentle and friendly live animals to your home, school, nursing home, creche, or place of work. Packages start at €100; you won't be disappointed!

Pet Farm

Nore Valley Pet Farm | Things to do in Kilkenny | YourDaysOut

Come and learn something new while visiting a working farm. With stunning scenery, adorable animals, and amusing activities, we are where memories are made. 

Take time out and stroll around the farm, feeding and petting our wide range of animals. Children are free to play in an interactive and safe environment with facilities and activities to suit all ages. Throughout the day we offer a chance to bottlefeed lambs or goat kids, cuddle baby rabbits and hold newly hatched chicks. Relax with a cup of tea and home-baked scone or biscuits, and pick up a souvenir or a snack from our shop.

While we promise enjoyment for families taking a day out, we also offer unique and memorable experiences for groups, birthday parties, hen parties, and team-building excursions. Discuss with us your needs and we will gladly accommodate!


  • Hold and feed animals
  • Pedal go-karts
  • Tractor & trailer rides
  • Crazy golf (18 holes)
  • Indoor 3D Maze (10 permutations)
  • Straw bounce
  • Outdoor playground with swings and slides
  • Exciting range of farm animals
  • Two-mile river walk and nature trail
  • Picnic area and toilets
  • Refreshments available with home-baked food

Family Visit Prices

  • Adults €7.50
  • Children €7.00
  • Over 60’s and Students €7.00
  • Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) €27
  • Family (2 Adults & 3 Children) €33
  • Family (2 Adults & 4 Children) €39

Season passes and weekly passes available

Extra Activity Prices

  • Crazy Golf €3.00pp
  • Trailer Ride €1.50pp
  • 3D Maze €1 per entry
  • Go-Karts €1.50pp

Multi-activity discounts available.


Staying at Nore Valley Park

Camping | Nore Valley Park | Things to do in Kilkenny | YourDaysOut


Our award-winning family-run site is ideally located in a quiet, peaceful valley and is personally supervised at all times.

As a family-oriented site, high standard of cleanliness is a priority and we expect no noise or socialising after midnight. Enjoy free showers and hot water, and access to kitchen facilities, laundry room, pool room, TV lounge, and free WiFi when you stay with us.

Fires are not permitted on site. Gas or charcoal barbeques only. 

Lots to do!

Enjoy a scenic two-mile riverwalk through the farm and woodland, have fun in our kid-approved playground, make your own fun in the sandpit with diggers and the straw bounce, or excercise your mind with our giant chess set.
Also available for a small extra charge we have pool tables, crazy golf, pedal go-karts, tractor and trailer rides and a 3D indoor maze. Within 10 km of Nore Valley Park, there are other amenities including swimming, fishing, canoeing, golf, craft shops, horse-riding and many historical sites.

You can enjoy home-baked bread, scones, tarts, pizza and quiches daily or start the day with a continental breakfast. All made on site and available from our small farm shop.

Wooden Lodges

Our Wooden Lodges are furnished with bed linen for each of the beds, and furnished with chairs, storage and a flat-screen TV with all of the Saorview channels.

There are no cooking or sanitary facilities in the lodges, but patrons have access to the toilets and free hot showers on the campsite, along with the new communal kitchen which is equipped with two four-burner gas hobs, a kettle and a toaster and a microwave. Guests are encouraged to bring their own cutlery and crockery, but these can be rented if needed.

Booking Deposit of €100 is required on week stays and €30 on short stays.

Mobile Homes

There are four mobile homes located on site. Two six-berth mobiles and two eight-berth mobiles.

Duvets and pillows with covers are provided, but guests need to bring their own sheets, towels and tea-towels, plus blankets as needed. Each mobile home is equipped with a TV with all the Saorview channels, along with all the basic cooking equipment, which includes oven, gas rings, kettle, fridge, crockery and cutlery.

As well as dining space within each mobile home, we also provide picnic tables outside each mobile home for sunny weather. Weekly bookings require a deposit of €150 and shorter stays require a deposit of €75. Full payment is due on arrival and your deposit will be returned on departure after mobile has been checked and left in good condition. Full refund of deposits is available only until two weeks prior to date of arrival. 

Type E – All mobile homes are over seven years old. All mobile homes are fully functional with cooking, heating, and bathroom facilities.


Activities | Nore Valley Park | Things to do in Kilkenny | YourDaysOut

Crazy Golf

  • 18-hole course, varying from par 2 to par 4
  • €3 per person for 1hr
  • Score cards provided
  • Family discounts are available

Indoor 3D Maze

  • 10 levels of progressive difficulty
  • €1 per person per level
  • Family Discounts are available

Go Karts

  • Pedal go-karts, in different sizes and with adjustable seats
  • €1.50 per person
  • Each session lasts around 10 minutes

Trailer Ride

  • Up to 30 passengers at once
  • €1.50 per person
  • Family Discounts are available
  • Each trailer ride lasts around 15 minutes

Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties | Things to do in Kilkenny | YourDaysOut

At Nore Valley Park Pet Farm we can tailor a birthday party package to suit every budget, contact us to discuss your needs.

Options include:

  • Supervised animal handling session
  • Treasure hunt
  • Photo orienteering
  • Archery (10 years or older)
  • Team building (10 years or older)
  • Tractor and trailer ride
  • Crazy golf
  • Pedal go-karts
  • 3D maze
  • Private birthday room
  • Gift bags
  • Hot food available or facilities to bring your own
  • Shop with ice creams, sweets and souvenirs

For every five children, one adult goes free; additional adults will be charged at normal rate. Birthday parties typically last for two hours but you can stay on and enjoy the farm for as long as you like – the whole day if you wish!

As an alternative, you can also ask us to come and bring animals to your birthday party. Starting at €100 our mobile farm is an affordable alternative to make your child's birthday extra special.

School Tours

With almost 30 years of experience, school tours at Nore Valley Park are memorable and educational. Not only will your school trip be great fun for the children, but it will be interactive, educational and affordable.

Classes are personally guided around the farm by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff to learn about all the different animals. Children are encouraged to be inquisitive and to ask questions.

We provide a safe, hands-on approach, and specialise in supervised petting and handling of our animals.

Book your school trip today and discover why schools keep coming back to us after almost 30 years of farm tours!

Tours start from as little as €8.00 per child, including one activity.

Tailor-made trips

Make your school trip distinct; mix and match different activities and optional extras to ensure the children have an educational experience to remember.

  • Pet Farm Visit
  • Straw Bounce
  • New Playground
  • Tractor and trailer rides
  • Pedal go-karts
  • Crazy golf
  • 3D maze
  • Team building (2nd-6th class and older only)
  • Photo Orienteering (2nd-6th class and older only)
  • Hot and cold lunches, or bring your own packed lunch
  • Prepared souvenir bags for Juniors who find shopping difficult, e.g. notebook, pencil, rubber and bar (must be pre-ordered).

Group leaders are FREE and tours last around two to three hours. Tours are geared to suit different age groups from pre-school to 6th class. We have easy access and parking for buses, and tea/coffee is provided for teachers and coach drivers.

School tour prices:

Basic Package:- €8 per person

Includes a personally guided tour of the farm, one activity of your choice (tractor ride, 3D maze, or pedal go-karts), supervised petting and handling session with baby animals, use of the straw bounce and the playground – 2.5 hours

Basic Plus:- €9 per person
Basic package plus one additional activity – 3 hours

Premium package:- €10 per person
Basic package plus all three activities – 3.5+ hours

18 hole crazy golf can be added to any package for €2.50 per person.

Food:- €4

  • Salad wrap
  • Chicken wrap
  • BLT wrap
    Served with fruit & a drink


  • Burger
  • Popcorn chicken
  • Battered sausage
    Served with chips & a drink

To make a booking:-
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (056)7727747

New senior class activities

Group rates available for activities with more than 15 people (teachers and group leaders go free).

  • Team building: Farm-themed team activities to challenge students mentally and physically. Designed to improve communication and co-operation within a team dynamic.
  • Maze: 3D indoor maze with 10 permutations; a unique and memorable experience. Different levels for different age groups.
  • Photo orienteering: A great introduction to orienteering; search the farm for key features, and mark their locations on a map. Competitive and fun for all ages and abilities.
  • Archery: Professional lessons on how to shoot a bow in a safe and controlled environment. Limited places at any on time, enquire upon booking.
  • Souvenir and tuck shop: Good range of affordable souvenirs and treats.


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