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  1. 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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  2. The Butler Gallery in Kilkenny Castle

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    Located in the interior of Kilkenny Castle, The Butler Art Gallery is a contemporary art space that exhibits emerging and established artists, both Irish and international. The gallery also has an expansive collection of 20th century art. Read more

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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

  8. The Smithwicks Experience at St Francis Abbey Brewery

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    Saint Francis Abbey Brewery, in Kilkenny City, is where Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale has been crafted and perfected since 1710. Closed for winter months and will re-opening in late spring 2014 Read more

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  9. Rothe House and Garden

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    Rothe House is a unique, early 17th-century, Irish merchant’s townhouse and garden, set in the centre of Kilkenny City. It is also the base of genealogical research on Kilkenny ancestry. Read more

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  10. St Johns Priory

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    The Augustinians established St John’s Priory in Kilkenny City in the 1200s. Much of the structure was left in ruins after the suppression of the 15th century, though the Lady’s Chapel continues to be used for Church of Ireland services. Read more

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