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“Nice, but with such a small town walking is nicer” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kilkenny City Tours

Kilkenny City Tours
Ranked #4 of 12 Tours in Kilkenny
Certificate of Excellence
Type: City Tours, Tours
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Owner description: Kilkenny City Tours - Black and Amber road train is a unique way to view Kilkenny City - Aboard thetrain, passengers can view 15 of Kilkenny's historic buildings.While onboard you will receive a full comentary, giving a historical and fascinating insight into the history of Kilkenny.Tours are 25 minutes long and depart every hour on the hour from 10am-6pm.Ticket Price:Adults - 7 euro.Students/ Seniors / Children - 5 euro.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
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“Nice, but with such a small town walking is nicer”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2011

We came to Kilkenny around 4PM and had to return to Dublin that evening. With little time on our hands we thought the "road train" would be a good way to get a feel of the city.
The driver was nice, the recorded comments were informative and even humorous, and we did get to see the streets, and most sites - from outside, so all in all it's a good tour.

HOWEVER - the town is very small, so as we later found out it's best to just get a free map at the tourist info, then walk the streets. In 2 hours we toured every major site - most from the outside, some inside too, and enjoyed ourselves MUCH more than on the train.

VERDICT:
If you have less than an hour in Kilkenny, or are disabled and can't walk much - you'll enjoy taking the road train. But if you have 90minutes and up and can walk a bit - skip the train and do it yourself.

Visited October 2011
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A great way to see Kilkenny!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2011

It was fun, not expensive, and a good way to see the sights of Kilkenny. The kids loved it, and just the right amount of information. Would recommend to anyone!

Visited August 2011
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Expensive for what it is”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2011

The 'train' just drives around the different sights in Kilkenny but it doesn't let you get off to explore each site. Only takes about 30 minutes and for €7 each is a bit steep. It is probably better to do a walking tour as all of the sights are easily within walking distance.

Visited August 2011
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Los Angeles
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Brilliant, informative and fun!! A great way to start your stay in Kilkenny.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2011

Out of all the tours we took on a recent visit to the medieval city of Kilkenny the City Road Train tour was by far the best and most enjoyable. We were able to become familiar with all the sights and landmarks in a short period of time allowing us to return later and focus on our favorites, definitely a tour geared to those visiting and new to the city.

The tour started right outside the castle and took us just over 30 minutes, thoughtfully executed, you could really see the passion that the tour hosts had for the area. After taking this tour I can say that the intimacy of the experience and the locations visited inspired us to stay an extra day to explore the area further.

The kids in our group loved driving along the roads in the custom built 'Black & Amber' train and have not stopped talking about it to their friends ever since, looking for similar experiences in other towns which we were unable to find.

The Kilkenny City 'Black & Amber' Train Tour, the things we learned, sights we saw and people we met will be sure to have lots of resonance for the rest of our days in Ireland. Most highly recommended!

Visited July 2011
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A Tour to beat all Tours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2011

If you visit Kilkenny City, you will have missed out on the best attraction if you don't take the Kilkenny City Tours Train journey through the town. As someone who moved to Kilkenny 10 yrs ago, I thought I knew all there was to know, but this tour taught me so much more AND was so much fun also. I brought the boys and after the tour, they wanted to go again. The Driver, Shane, was very friendly and gave a great service. It is a must for visitors to Kilkenny BUT should not be missed by all locals too, whether as a family day out or a group outing. Don't miss this train !!!!!

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