Kilkenny’s medieval centrepiece
Kilkenny is famous for many things: its majestic creeper-clad castle; a bustling crafts industry; cobbled lanes and secret passages; 1,000 years of history and cracking festivals.
It’s this magical combination of culture and entertainment that attracts so many people to this captivating heritage city, just 90 minutes south of Dublin.
Rudolf Heltzel making jewellery in Kilkenny
At the heart and soul of medieval Ireland, Kilkenny is famed for its electric atmosphere played out in its maze of narrow Norman alleyways. Twisting and turning around abbeys, cathedrals and crumbling city walls, there’s even an early 13
th century castle dropped in the middle of it all. It’s surrounded by beautiful gardens that attract artistic locals, giddy kids and chilled-out tourists on sunny days.
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Small and beautifully formed
As cities go, it might be small, but it’s certainly big on architectural magnificence. Wander around and you’ll come across the 6
th-century St Canice’s Round Tower; the 16 th-century Shea Alms House; and the 18 th-century Thosel, which now serves as Kilkenny’s City Hall. A crafty trail
And with a bustling crafts scene, arts and comedy festivals, GAA hurling specialists (shout “Go the Cats” and the locals will love you), and cracking old pubs such as Tynan’s and Cleeres, it’s pretty much got the whole city break thing covered.
As Michael Conway, a cardiologist and owner of the 16
th-century tavern The Hole in the Wall, puts it: “The essence of the city is the living antiquity and historical lifeblood that has been preserved so magically…all mixed in with people contributing to a vibrant scene.”
Sounds good? Go the Cats…
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