Kilfane Glen and Waterfalls, County Kilkenny
Kilfane Glen and Waterfall is a rare beauty. Located 3.2km (3mi) north of Thomastown in Kilkenny it is a perfectly preserved example of a romantic era garden dating from the 1790’s. Within the confines of this excellently restored mini paradise are tiny bridges, ancient tress, wild foxgloves, ferns and many other examples of foliage, which are historically correct to the 18th Century.
Located within the demesne of Kilfane House, the glen was developed by an especially cultured and sensitive landowner and his wife, Sir John and Lady Power. Sir John’s twin brother Sir Richard also aided in the development of the garden. The family were considered with high regard in respect to their intellect in southeast Ireland at the time, with many other accomplishments under their belts, including the foundation of the Kilkenny Theatre.
Influenced by Rousseau and the Romantic movement, a trend had started to emerge towards the latter end of the 18th Century , which revolved around the improvement of parks, demesnes and gardens in a new style. This type of landscaping was much more expressionistic and rugged, incorporating the use of water (cascades and waterfalls) to most dramatic effect, withdrawn places (ravines and valleys) and the inclusion of caves and grottoes
Unfortunately, after the death of its creators the glen was abandoned for a time and therefore much of their delicate work was undone. However today this fantastic asset has been fully restored and is well worth a visit. The location is a must see for artists , is listed as an Irish Heritage Garden and in 1993 was awarded assistance by the European Union Cultural Commission.
The park is open to the public daily from 11am to 6pm from July 1st to august 31st with admission of €7 (reductions for students, OAPs and families). The glen has location, group booking and catering facilities available. It is also available for wedding photography during its opening months at special rates, as long as advance notice is given.
Add to Custom Tour
Create your very own Ireland tour with our Tailor Made Tours section. Once you've created an account and logged in, you can add your favourite attractions, accommodation and activities. And, when you're happy with your choices, just send them on to one of our Ireland experts and we'll design a custom itinerary and quote tailored just for you.
The Ireland Experience Chauffeur Drive Tour 8 Days
See Ireland's best...
Starting from $3,197 pps
Traditional Pub & Folklore Self-Drive Tour 8 Days
Awaken your Celtic soul with Irish music and traditions.
Starting from $946 pps
Romantic Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 8 Days
Get swept away in the romance of Ireland with a touch of class.
Starting from $2,750 pps
Journey Through the West Self-Drive Tour 11 Days
Experience an unforgettable beauty.
Starting from $1,096 pps
Best of Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 6 Days
Enjoy this 6 day tour and see some of best of Ireland.
Starting from $2,045 pps
Ancient Ireland Self-Drive Tour 8 Days
Uncover the secrets of Ireland's ancient past.
Starting from $976 pps
Best of All Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 15 Days
The ultimate chauffeur drive tour - Ireland north and south.
Starting from $5,206 pps
Ancient Ireland Self-Drive Tour 6 Days
Adventure through Ireland's intriguing past.
Starting from $777 pps
Ancient Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 11 Days
The essential Ancient Ireland Tour with your very own guide.
Starting from $3,863 pps
Journey Through the West Chauffeur Drive Tour 11 Days
Ireland's wonderful west.
Starting from $3,849 pps
Ancient Ireland Self-Drive Tour 11 Days
Jump back in time and walk in ancient footsteps.
Starting from $1,107 pps
Best of All Ireland Self-Drive Tour 15 Days
Experience the best of Ireland north and south.
Starting from $1,511 pps
Best of Ireland South Self-Drive Tour
Take in Ireland's south at your own pace.
Starting from $1,497 pps
Best of Ireland Self-Drive Tour 8 Days
History, heritage, breath taking scenery. An unforgettable tour.
Starting from $996 pps
Best of Ireland South and West Self-Drive Tour 15 Days
Enjoy the best of the South-west
Starting from $1,527 pps
Traditional Pub & Folklore Chauffeur Drive Tour 8 Days
Enjoy the best of Irish tradition.
Starting from $2,746 pps
The Ireland Experience Self-Drive Tour 8 Days
Including some of Ireland's top attractions.
Starting from $902 pps
Ancient Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 8 Days
A unique tour of ancient Ireland with a driver/guide.
Starting from $2,743 pps
Romantic Ireland Self-Drive Tour 8 Days
Fall in love with the Emerald Isle and enjoy a whirlwind romance.
Starting from $797 pps
Best of Ireland Self-Drive Tour 11 Days
The very best of Ireland in just under two weeks.
Starting from $1,087 pps
Best of Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 8 Days
Sit back, relax and enjoy the best of Ireland.
Starting from $2,855 pps
Ancient Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 6 Days
Take a quick visit through Ireland's intriguing past.
Starting from $2,039 pps
Best of Ireland South Chauffeur Drive Tour 15 Days
Traverse the south in style.
Starting from $5,234 pps
Best of Ireland Chauffeur-Drive Tour 11 Days
Best of Ireland with driver/guide.
Starting from $3,713 pps
Castles of Ireland Self-Drive Tour 8 Days
Enjoy the best castles in Ireland
Starting from $1,326 pps