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Discover Kilkenny –
Heritage, Art, Relaxation.

The Medieval city of Kilkenny is a place where vibrant heritage and history sit alongside contemporary galleries, restaurants and experiences. One of Ireland’s most cosmopolitan cities, Kilkenny is a gem in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. It is home to world-renowned festivals, award-winning eateries and top-class hospitality. Visitors can shop at independent boutiques and browse creations from Kilkenny’s world-renowned arts, craft and design scene. Relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the beautiful parks and woodlands or get a different perspective from the many walking and cycling trails. 

Visit Kilkenny


Taste Kilkenny


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Local Attractions

Things to Do & See

St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower 

In the shadow of saints, hear stories of hermits and knights at St. Canice’s Cathedral, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval Cathedral, appearing to the visitor today very much as it did to our Norman & Gaelic ancestors 800 years ago. Climb to the top of the Round Tower which is a thousand years old and one of only two round towers in Ireland that you can climb. 


Smithwick’s Experience 

Immerse yourself in the story of Smithwick’s, told as only a local knows how. Where 300 years of history combine with extraordinary brewing innovations, to create the Smithwick’s tour – an experience like no other. The perfect way to enjoy a pint of your favourite Smithwick’s Ale, right in the heart of Kilkenny 


Medieval Mile Museum 

The 13th century St. Mary’s church and graveyard is the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland. Today, the former church has been converted into a modern museum. Here you will see some of Kilkenny’s civic treasures including the Liber Primus and replicas of some of the High Crosses of Ossory. 


One of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries and museums with a permanent collection and a unique blend of art and history to inspire you. Explore their significant collection of 20th century Irish art, discover contemporary work by living artists, take part in family friendly art activities, and find out about a heritage spanning 800 years in their historic building and walled gardens. 


Shenanigans –
The Kilkenny
City Walk 

A fun, magical, historical & hysterical way to experience Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile. Shenanigans is a walking tour with a difference. Blending comedy, magic, history and whimsical fun, visitors are brought through the streets of Kilkenny and treated to unique anecdotes, fun facts and a good dollop of humour! 


Boat Trips 

Take a guided boat tour of Kilkenny in a traditional Irish open-boat on the historic river Nore as it flows through the city. Learn of the often unspoken and local history that the river holds. Witness the wildlife that thrive in the urban environment and that have shared the waterways with man for thousands of years. See Kilkenny as both invaders and settlers did, entering the city by boat. 


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Frequently Asked Questions


  • What are the top attractions to visit in Kilkenny?

    Kilkenny offers a variety of attractions including St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower, the Smithwick’s Experience, the Medieval Mile Museum, Butler Gallery, Shenanigans – the Kilkenny City Walk, and Kilkenny Boat Trips. Each of these sites provides a unique insight into the city’s rich history and vibrant culture.

  • Where can I find information to plan my visit to Kilkenny?

    You can find comprehensive information for planning your visit on the Visit Kilkenny website. It includes details on attractions, events, dining options, and accommodation.

  • What are some recommended places to eat in Kilkenny?

    Kilkenny is famous for its diverse foodie scene. For the latest hotspots and food events, check out Taste Kilkenny. The city is home to many award-winning eateries that cater to a variety of tastes.

  • Are there any outdoor activities in Kilkenny?

    Yes, Kilkenny is home to beautiful parks, woodlands, and outdoor walking trails suitable for all fitness levels. You can plan your next outdoor adventure on the Trail Kilkenny website, which provides detailed information on various trails.

  • What accommodation options are available in Kilkenny?

    Kilkenny offers a range of accommodations to suit different preferences and budgets, including the Ormonde Hotel, Pembroke Hotel, Newpark Hotel, Mount Juliet, and Newlands Lodge B&B. More details and booking options can be found on their respective websites.

  • Are there any special events or festivals in Kilkenny?

    Kilkenny hosts world-renowned festivals throughout the year, including arts, music, and food festivals. For up-to-date information on upcoming events, visit Visit Kilkenny to see what’s happening during your stay.


Explore Rothe House, a
historic gem in Kilkenny.

Open daily with guided and self-guided tours available. Discover the rich history, beautiful gardens, and unique collections. Located at 16 Parliament Street in the heart of Kilkenny city. More details for your visit including opening hours and ticket prices can be found here.

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