Jenkinstown, Co Kilkenny

Site Description

Jenkinstown is a plantation of mixed broadleaves and conifers.  Adjacent is Dunmore cave, the site of a Viking massacre in 928AD. 

At Jenkinstown, beech, ash, oak and Norway spruce abound and are interspersed with rare species such as the Chinese necklace poplar which has survived from the original park planting of the 1870's.  Of particular note at Jenkinstown is a stand of beech trees with a magnificent carpet of bluebells in late Spring.

The wood was formerly part of the Bryan Bellew Estate.  Thomas Moore wrote the Last Rose of Summer while staying at Jenkinstown house. There is a walled lawn area next to the house to commemorate this and it is a popular site for wedding photos.

There is a deer enclosure next to the car park which is very popular with children of all ages. Other animals that are to be found in the forest include fox, badger, stoat, red and grey squirrel. Many species of birds inhabit this wood as well, they include pheasant, raven and long eared owl.

There are two way marked trails in the forest, both starting through the gap in the wall at the car park.

Jenkinstown Features

Fishing, Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

Jenkinstown Park is approximately 10km north of Kilkenny city on the N78 towards Castlecomer

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No of car spaces:20
Car park opens:09.30
Car park closes:17.00
Parking options:Restricted hours apply
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Contact Info

Contact name:Dermot Cantwell