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“Historical important site”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Jerpoint Park

Jerpoint Park
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Owner description: Welcome to Jerpoint Park, where we strive to immerse you in a unique experience of heritage and culture in a very special destination Thomastown in Kilkenny , south east of Ireland. Unearth the history of Jerpoint Park with a guided tour of the footprints of a deserted 12th century medieval town. When it was founded near a crossing point on the River Nore near the Cistercian Jerpoint Abbey. The site also contains the Tomb Effigy of St. Nicholas (Bishop of Myra) plus the Church of St. Nicholas. "One of Irelands's best examples of a deserted 12th century medieval town" a quote from The Heritage Council of Ireland.Savour the delicious homemade scones baked daily during the summer months in our Tea Rooms. Angling on the River Nore for wild salmon & wild brown trout from March - September (ghillie, rods & bait available for hire). Sheep dog demonstrations with geese or sheep is a wonderful event to see.Check website for details of opening hours and guided heritage tour times.Looking forward to welcoming you to Jerpoint.Joe & Maeve
Kilkenny
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“Historical important site”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

If attending this site be sure to take the guided tour, it really makes a big difference. This location dates back many hundreds of years.

Visited August 2012
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Jerpoint P, Owner at Jerpoint Park, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
How wonderful for you to acknowledge this importance of this historical site. Many thanks Maeve
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Alamo, Texas
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“Well worth seeing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

Maeve and Joe are wonderful hosts. Maeve's tea and scones are delicious and Joes stories most intertesting. He brings the past alive. Joe also has his amazing dog do some herding with a twist. You have to see it to believe it. All in all well worth the trip to Thomastown.

Visited February 2013
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Jerpoint P, Owner at Jerpoint Park, responded to this review, February 22, 2013
Thank you for reviewing Jerpoint Park ... its lovely when people go to the effort of sending a lovely review. Much appreciated & so delighted you enjoyed your experience. Maeve
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“Step out of the 21st Century into a lost town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

Visited with a group of friends on a February Sunday, and luckily the weather was on our side.
If you are looking for a slick tourist experience where heritage is a cellophane-wrapped packaged product then this might not be for you. I see the phrase 'hidden gem' is worn out on these reviews but that is perfectly understandable. This is the site of a Norman town that died and so was never built over like other towns. We did the guided tour and that's what made it, the chat and the stories as we strolled around. The site is not a re-creation or anything like that, just ruins, but stories to be told everywhere, and also a ruined church and interesting ancient graves. I have often visited impressive ruins and came away with nothing but a few photographs, but here we had a great afternoon of chat as we walked around and I'd rather have fond memories than arid snaps. Joe the owner is a very likeable character and a good talker. We got a genuine welcome from him and his wife and came away wishing there more places like that around. I'll be recommending it to people, especially anyone with an interest in history.

Visited February 2013
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Jerpoint P, Owner at Jerpoint Park, responded to this review, February 16, 2013
It was a pleasure meeting you recently. It is wonderful when guiding a group who are as enthusiastic about the history of Jerpoint Park as I am. Many thanks for your kind words. Joe
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“Our visit to Jerpoint Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

Such a pleasant surprise! Due to a change in the weather we had a change of plans, and found ourselves cruising the countryside southeast of Kilkenny when I read that Santa Claus may actually be buried nearby. With a brief stop at Jerpoint Abbey, they clarified that the possible resting place of Saint Nick was just up the road a wee bit at Jerpoint Park. We were told "Joe will give you a tour." With what I can only describe as minimal expectations, we found the drive in to the property and were greeted by a flock of white geese. Upon arrival at the house (really a country estate), we were greeted by Maeve who served us tea. Joe arrived in a bit and gave my friend Elaine and I "the tour" - a walk about the property, accompanied by their chocolate lab "Pearsey." Joe was most informative and amiable. He described how an old, bustling town used to be on this acreage and showed us the ruins, including the ancient remnants of St. Nicolas Church. And in the graveyard adjacent, the tomb of St. Nicolas of Myra himself. Apparently knights ("Den" and "Farian") upon returning from the Crusades through Turkey brought his bones back with them to this town, their home. The church was thus named after the Saint. The large, worn, and ancient tomb stone slab covering the grave has a full-length carving of the saint and the faces of the knights as well peering over his shoulders. The once bustling town itself was abandoned after the destruction of the Abbey by the King of England, the subsequent flood that took out the critical bridge to the town, and the Plague. But the tomb of the Saint remains. Magnificent story pleasantly told by Joe. Magnificent surroundings bring the history to life. Then, at tours end, Joe brought out his border collie "Calf" who performed an impressive voice-command herding and round up of the gaggle of geese. We had a most enjoyable time with Joe and Maeve at Jepoint Park. Highly recommend a visit if you're ever in that part of Ireland. Rob Landerholm - Edmonds, WA, USA

Visited August 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Guided tour that enlivened history at our feet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

Jerpoint Park is the site of a lost medieval town beside the river Nore. Its most visible ruins today include a ruined church and tower house, as well as a very interesting cemetery - but as we discovered when we talked to Maeve and then joined Joe's guided tour, there's a lot more to learn about it. Their enthusiasm is combined with entertaining anecdotes and a lot of detailed knowledge, and along with the attractive info boards and pictures they have on display, we found ourselves on a stroll through an anglo-norman town, seeing the taverns, houses, marketplace, waterwheel and much else in the humps and heaps of stones that were brought to life.

Jerpoint Abbey's large monastic ruins are nearby, and we learned that its dissolution by the Tudors, followed by later collapse of the town's bridge over the Nore and then plague led to the abandonment of Newtown Jerpoint in the 16th century. The impressive ruins of the church of St. Nicholas, plus a tomb of the saint, provided a lot of stories in themselves.

We hadn't known what to expect when we arrived at Jerpoint Park, and we'd definitely recommend a visit. The surroundings are the lovely rolling countryside of south Kilkenny, and sitting outside Maeve and Joe's historic Belmore House afterwards, enjoying tea and some very fresh and tasty scones, we could take in panoramic views on two sides. The guided tour cost €8 and the tea & scones €5 per person, so for a very absorbing hour or two, it was pretty good value, including a very pleasant walk from the large medieval site along a tributary river and then by the Nore itself. And the sun even managed to shine between the showers...

Visited August 2012
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