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    Instioge, County Kilkenny ©Shutterstock Instioge, County Kilkenny ©Shutterstock

    County Kilkenny

    Welcome to Kilkenny – where the modern and the medieval fuse to create an exciting and dynamic county, ready to surprise you at every turn
    County Kilkenny
    Historic landmarks
    1hr 30mins from Dublin Airport

    Inistioge, County Kilkenny ©Shutterstock

    Fusing medieval history with a cosmopolitan city life, Kilkenny buzzes with an unforgettable energy. From the walls of the marble city, to the network of towns and villages that are dotted around the verdant countryside, this ancient county at the centre of Ireland’s Ancient East packs maximum wow-factor into an easily navigable space.

    Kilkenny city

    Right in the thick of the action is Kilkenny city’s Norman castle, gifted to the people of Kilkenny in 1967 by the Butler family for only £50. The castle is surrounded by a network of maze-like alleyways and lanes, so it’s an exciting adventure to see where, and in which century, you’ll end up. You might find yourself in St Canice’s Cathedral, with its massive stained glass window, travelling through time at the restored 17th century Rothe House, or knocking about a sliotar while practicing hurling at Nowlan Park.

    County Kilkenny

    L-R: River Nore; Jerpoint Park; stand-up paddleboarding; Kilkenny Castle

    Beyond the city

    Step out of the city, and the necklace of towns and villages along the River Nore waits to transport you to a fairytale landscape. Through Bennetsbridge, Thomastown, Inistioge and more, discover a landscape that harks back to ancient times and tales.

    The countryside is suited to driving, cycling, or walking; take a tasty day trip with Kilkenny Foodie Tours or explore the county's cycling and walking trails – the Barrow Way from Goresbridge to St Mullins is a highlight. You can also take to the water with Go with the Flow for paddling trails on Kilkenny's waterways to suit all abilities.

    Kilkenny always has something new to explore, another hidden gem that you just might have missed the first time around. Stumble across hidden galleries in the city, unearth Viking gold at Dunmore Cave, discover the lost town at Jerpoint Park or get up close and personal with the birds of prey at the Hawkeye School of Falconry based in gorgeous Lyrath Estate. In short, don’t just plan one trip to Kilkenny – plan a few!

    Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny

    Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny

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    St Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower

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    Kilkenny Castle

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    Medieval Mile Museum

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    Mount Juliet Estate

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    Butler Gallery

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    Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum

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    The National Design & Craft Gallery

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    Jerpoint Abbey

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    Kilkenny Cycling Tours

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    Nicholas Mosse Pottery and Mill Café

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    Dunmore Cave

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    Highbank Organic Orchards

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