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  1. The Hole In The Wall

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    THe Hole in the Wall is the inner house of the Archer Mansion built 1582. It became a tavern after 1690 and was renowned in the late 1700s. The Earl of Ormonde and the future Duke of Wellington were habitueés. Read more

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  2. Ballyrafton Wood

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    Ballyrafton Wood is a public wood about half way between Kilkenny and Castlecomer, in County Kilkenny. The wood boasts riverside forest walks, picnic tables, seats and a car park. Read more

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  3. Kilkenny Castle

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle, remodelled in Victorian times and set in riverside parklands, which was once the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. It is located in the heart of Kilkenny City. Read more

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  4. Rothe House and Garden

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    Rothe House and Garden is an historic house in Kilkenny City and is the only example of an early 17th Century merchant’s town house in Ireland. The walled garden is divided into two parts and includes vegetables, herbs and more. Read more

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  5. St Francis Abbey

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    In the 13th century, the Franciscans established St Francis Abbey in Kilkenny City, where they took up the practice of brewing. Today, the religious site is owned by Smithwick’s Brewery and is part of the Smithwick’s Experience tour. Read more

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  6. Blackbird Gallery

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    The Blackbird Gallery has been established in Kilkenny since 2004. It is one of Ireland's most prestigious commercial galleries showcasing the very best of Irish and international contemporary art. Read more

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  7. Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny. This new multi-sensory and interactive experience will take visitors on a journey through the medieval origins of brewing to the present day. Read more

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  8. Kilkenny Castle, Rose Garden and Park

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    The Kilkenny Castle estate boasts both formal and informal gardens. Set in Kilkenny City, the estate overlooks the Nore River and includes mature trees and shrubs as well as an ornamental lake. All areas are free of charge. Read more

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  9. National Craft Gallery

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    The National Craft Gallery was established by the Crafts Council of Ireland in 2000 and is Ireland's leading centre for contemporary craft and design. Read more

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  10. Saint Marys Cathedral

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    St Mary’s is a gothic revival-style Catholic cathedral that dominates the skyline of Kilkenny City. William Deane Butler designed the impressive house of worship taking inspiration from Norman architecture. It was completed in 1849. Read more

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