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Kilkenny city

A cultural treasure with a big personality – Kilkenny city is the perfect mix of modern and medieval
County Kilkenny
Historic landmarks
1hr 30mins from Dublin Airport

Kilkenny Castle

Medieval beauty

A 12th century castle, a bustling crafts scene, time-honoured traditional pubs, cobbled lanes and secret alleys – Kilkenny mixes small-town charm and big-city buzz to perfection.

Set within Ireland’s Ancient East and just 90 minutes from Dublin, this is a place packed with colourful characters, amazing music and an electric atmosphere.

By day, you can pile on the culture with medieval showpieces, brewery tours and design exhibitions, but after dark Kilkenny amps things up with cracking trad music sessions, historic pubs and some of the best festivals on the island.

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Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny city

Amazing things to do

From historic family castles to fast-paced hurling, Kilkenny’s distinct personality is what makes it so unmissable.

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Kilkenny hurling

The ancient indigenous Irish sport of hurling is one of the oldest not to mention the fastest field games in the world. It holds a special place in Kilkenny.

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Kilkenny – home of hurling

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Kilkenny Arts Festival, County Kilkenny

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Nature beckons – beyond the city


Step out of Kilkenny city, and a necklace of charming towns and villages along the River Nore await. In Bennetsbridge, Thomastown, Inistioge and more, you’ll discover a landscape that harks back to ancient times and tales filled with rich green tones and gently flowing waters.

The countryside here is perfect for off-the-beaten track adventures. Head southeast to the village of Graiguenamanagh and the gloriously beautiful River Barrow, and you’ll find plenty of walking, kayaking and cycling options in a pristine natural environment.

And don’t forget that Kilkenny is at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, so there’s always a castle, a grand mansion or a magnificent monastery nearby!

County Kilkenny

L-R: Inishtioge village; kayaking in Graiguenamanagh; bales of straw dotting a County Kilkenny field; a craft worker in Inistiogue

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Clonmacnoise, County Offaly

Exploring Ireland’s Ancient East

Starting off in Shannon, this 6-day trip will bring you through Tipperary to Kilkenny city and beyond.

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Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary

Castles and conquests

Ghosts, great oaks and the gift of the gab – find out the ultimate castles to visit for history, legend and landscapes.

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Kilkenny highlights

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Kilkenny Design Centre

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Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny

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Kilkenny Castle

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The National Design & Craft Gallery

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Kilkenny Foodie Tours

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Campagne

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The Kilkenny Way - Hurling Experience

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Rothe House

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Kytelers Inn

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St Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower

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The Hole In The Wall

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Kilkenny Walking Tours

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