Kilkenny city

Kilkenny’s medieval centrepiece
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 vibrant 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.

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 13th century castle dropped in the middle of it all. That’s surrounded by beautiful gardens, a must-see on your discovery of charming Kilkenny.

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Small and beautifully formed

As cities go, it might be small, but it’s certainly big on architectural magnificence. Step back in time and wander along Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, you’ll come across the 6th-century St Canice’s Round Tower; the 16th-century Shea Alms House; the 18th-century Thosel, which now serves as Kilkenny’s City Hall, along with Kilkenny’s newest attraction The Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny, where one of the world’s favorite ales has been brewed for over 300 years.  

And with a bustling crafts scene, GAA hurling specialists (shout “Go the Cats” and the locals will love you), and wonderful old pubs such as Tynan’s and Cleeres, Kilkenny's pretty much got the whole city break thing covered.

As Michael Conway, a cardiologist and owner of the 16th-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.”

Festival Fun

Mix in a festival or two and Kilkenny really has you covered. Be sure to check out the internationally acclaimed Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival that takes place the end of May or visiting during the summer enjoy a 10 day artistic extravaganza at the annual Kilkenny Arts Festival ,Ireland’s premier and oldest arts festival.

A tasty food trail

All of this is bound to see you work up some appetite so sample the delights of the local cuisine while meeting some of the local producers along the Taste of Kilkenny Food Trail. Enjoy fresh, local and organic produce from artisan cheese to chocolate, chickens to caviar in Kilkenny’s leading food establishments.

You’re in for a real treat!

All sounds good? We think so. Come see us soon in Kilkenny!


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