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Welcome to Kilkenny

Welcome to Kilkenny, Ireland’s medieval county which is also a centre for arts and crafts and home to plenty of great restaurants, cafes, centuries-old pubs and old-fashioned shop fronts.  Kilkenny’s medieval heritage is to be found around every corner in its treasure trove of historical buildings and landmarks. Visit Kilkenny City and stroll along the narrow lanes of the ‘Medieval Mile’ between the castle and the cathedral along the bank of the River Nore and soak in the atmosphere of its ancient past.  Kilkenny also has deep religious roots that are found in its many well-preserved churches and monasteries, including St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominical prior.

Landmarks such as Kilkenny's majestic Castle, St.Canices Cathedral, its numerous 17th-century passageways, rows of old-fashioned shopfronts and centuries-old pubs with traditional live music.

Kilkenny is a medieval town in southeast Ireland. Its grand Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 by Norman occupiers. The town has deep religious roots and many well-preserved churches and monasteries, including imposing St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominican priory, both from the 13th century. It's also a crafts hub, with shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings and jewellery. Away from the city, the small town of Castlecomer brings the might of Castlecomer Discovery Park which will provide plenty of room for both children and adults to be kept occupied. 

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  • 2.92km to City/Town Centre

    Aspect Hotel Kilkenny

    Situated less than 15 minutes walk from Kilkenny city centre the hotel is ideal for a business or leisure stay. All the spacious rooms offer ultra comfortable hypnos beds with crisp duvets,warm and inviting decor, ensuite bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer along with FREE Wifi and FREE car parking, this hotel is ideal for exploring Kilkenny. Breakfast is served each day, including fresh juice and freshly baked pastries and bread alongside hearty cooked breakfasts. Reuben's Restaurant serves an international menu as well as a kids' menu offering a wide amount of choice.For all our young guests, The Watershed Leisure complex, with its swimming pool and water slides, it is just 5 minutes' drive away, don't forget to get a discount card from reception. Kilkenny is also an excellent location for visiting historical sites such as the Kilkenny Castle and St.Canice's Cathedral. you can also enjoy the many shops restaurants and lively bars that Kilkenny has to offer.

    Address: Ring Road, Smithsland South, Kilkenny

    • Kilkenny Golf Club - km
    • Kilkenny Castle - km
  • 1.79km to City/Town Centre

    Hotel Kilkenny

    The 4 star Hotel Kilkenny is the ideal base from which to explore all the medieval city of Kilkenny has to offer. Experience a tour of the magnificent Kilkenny Castle, purchase some of the finest crafts in Ireland, enjoy a pint of Smithwicks after an informative brewery tour, wander through the unique medieval streets and enjoy an abundance of quaint coffee shops and bars.

    Address: College Road, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

    • Kilkenny Golf Club - km
    • Kilkenny Crystal - km
  • 1.05km to City/Town Centre

    Kilford Arms Hotel

    The Kilford Arms is enviably located, just yards from the train/bus station, based in the City Centre. With 60 bedrooms it is small enough to offer a truly personal service, while offering an excellent range of facilities for our guests. Whether its business or pleasure, make the Kilford Arms your home away from home! Description: Guest Rooms: The Kilford Arms Hotel has 70 bedrooms, all ensuite, and equipped with satellite TV, telephones and hairdryers. Tea/Coffee making facilities. We have many room types to chose from, including double, twin, triple and family rooms. Entertainment The Kilford Arms is a great entertainment complex, with something for everybody! O'Faolain's fabulous 'super-pub' is built over 3 levels, with stunning architecture incorporating the ruins of a 16th century church! This new pub is a 'must-see' on your trip to Kilkenny, and it features late bar and DJs nightly and a New Heated Smoking Area to Rear. Credit Card Payment: No Third Party Credit Cards Accepted at this hotel. Credit Card Holder to be Present on Check In. Policies Deposit is required by hotel for group bookings. This is a security deposit separate to accommodation amount. Visa/Mastercard required for all Group Bookings. Names on booking not transferable without notification/agreement with hotel management.

    Address: John Street, Kilkenny

    • St. John the Evangelist Church - km
    • National Craft Gallery - km
  • 1.18km to City/Town Centre

    Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

    Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel, a beautifully restored building located in the heart of Kilkenny City where Patrick Street & Ormonde Street meet. Our location is second to none with Kilkenny Castle on our doorstep and the cobbled medieval streets and lane ways of Kilkenny just around the corner from our Kilkenny City centre hotel.

    Address: 1 Ormonde St, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

    • Kilkenny Crystal - km
    • National Craft Gallery - km
  • 1.16km to City/Town Centre

    Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

    At the hub of Ireland's Ancient East, the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel lies in the heart of this remarkable City. Kilkenny's unique appeal is that it's home to some of Ireland's finest ancient treasures and at the same time offers a very cosmopolitan buzz with its cute cafés, craft studios and busy cultural scene. Easily accessible by bus or train, the Kilkenny Ormonde is the only city hotel with a leisure centre, swimming pool and Spa; offering pampering treatments using the renowned VOYA range of Irish organic products. This landmark 4 Star hotel is full of space and light with comfy sofas, relaxed all-day dining options and a lively bar in HOBAN Bar & Brasserie. From the hotel's wonderfully central location it's just a short stroll to attractions such as the magical Kilkenny Castle, the intriguing Medieval Mile Museum, St. Canice's Cathedral, Rothe House and the Smithwick's Experience.

    Address: Ormonde Street, Kilkenny, R95 Y5CX

    • Kilkenny Crystal - km
    • National Craft Gallery - km
  • 4.45km to City/Town Centre

    Lyrath Estate Hotel

    Set amid 170 acres of mature parkland and only 5 minutes from beautiful Kilkenny City, Lyrath Estate Hotel fuses stunning contemporary hotel design with the elegance of its original 17th century house, meeting and exceeding everything you would expect from a leading hotel. Kilkenny hotels don't come any better for short breaks and luxury accommodation.

    Address: Paulstown Road, Kilkenny

    • St. John the Evangelist Church - km
    • Butler Gallery - km
  • 0.83km to City/Town Centre

    Newpark Hotel

    The 4 star Newpark Hotel rests on the edge of medieval Kilkenny city, a cultural gem of festivals and historical sites. On over 40 acres of parkland, offering luxurious accommodation, a Health Club & Spa and fun filled kids' activities, this family friendly hotel is the ideal base for exploring Kilkenny. With elegant banqueting suites, suitable for a large or intimate Kilkenny wedding and spacious conference facilities, our dedicated team will ensure all your needs are met whether you are here for business or leisure.

    Address: Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny

    • St.Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower - km
    • Rothe House - km
  • 1.77km to City/Town Centre

    Rosquil House

    Located a short walk from the centre of the city, Rosquil House offers the ambiance of a hotel with the best of Irish Hospitality. The award winning guest house has 7 luxury en suite bedrooms, a guest lounge to relax & read. Rosquil is a member of Good Food Ireland with breakfast a culinary treat of locally sourced produce and home baked bread & cakes. All this adds up to an experience not to be missed. Please enquire about the especially adapted ground floor bedroom for the mobility impaired. Self Catering Aparment available.

    Address: Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny

    • St.Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower - km
    • Rothe House - km
  • 3.15km to City/Town Centre

    Springhill Court Hotel

    The Springhill Court Hotel in Kilkenny is the perfect place to stay. Many of our guests return time and again to soak up the genuine, friendly atmosphere that prevails at the Springhill Court Hotel, Spa & Leisure Club. Guests may choose from dining in Oscar's Bistro which serves excellent food in elegant surroundings. Or if you'd prefer a bar setting then sit back and relax with a delicious carvery lunch or evening meal in the Paddock Bar and enjoy live music on the weekends. Enjoy a nice coffee and sweet treat or light lunch in Kupp Coffee Dock and watch the world go by. We have 85 well-appointed bedrooms all have en-suite facilities, telephone, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, hair dryer and tea / coffee making facilities. We are very family friendly and our Playground is very popular along with Lenny Lion's Kids Club which operates during the summer months & school holidays. Whether you're looking for great place to workout, or do some swimming or maybe just relax in our Sauna, Steam room or Jacuzzi you are in the right place.

    Address: Waterford Road, Kilkenny

    • Kilkenny Golf Club - km
    • Kilkenny Castle - km

Things to See & Do

Landmarks

  • Kilkenny Castle
  • St.Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower
  • Jerpoint Abbey
  • St. John the Evangelist Church
  • Kilfane Glen and Waterfall
  • Gowran Park Racecourse
  • Kilkenny Golf Club
  • Butler Gallery
  • Kilkenny Crystal
  • National Craft Gallery
  • Rothe House
  • Castlecomer Discovery Park
  • Port of Larne
  • Port of Cork

Things to Do

  • Kilkenny Castle, now in existence for over eight centuries stands dramatically on a strategic height overlooking a crossing on the River Nore.  It has had had many additions and alterations made to it, making the Castle today a structure of various architectural styles. Originally it was an Anglo-Norman stone castle built in the 13th century. The castle now has extensive parklands and includes an art gallery, playground and the Castle’s Victorian Kitchen is home to the Tea Rooms.  

  • Kilkenny Design Centre made its home in part of Kilkenny’s Castle Yard, built in the 1780s as the coach houses and stables of historic Kilkenny Castle. The Centre draws its supplies from Ireland’s most eminent craftspeople and designers giving visitors a unique and very special shopping experience as the best of Irish crafts and design are found here under the one roof. This selection of Irish handcrafted gifts has become world renowned in the areas of Jewellery, Knitwear, Celtic Gifts, China & Crystal, Pottery & Glass and Home & Fashion Accessories. Once you have browsed through this fascinating Centre you can finish off your wanderings in the award winning restaurant which serves delicious homemade refreshments daily. 

  • St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower are an essential part of the structural heritage of medieval Kilkenny City. Take in the wonderful stained glass windows and unique carved tombstones as you stroll around this archaeological gem. Weather permitting the Round Tower can be climbed and great views of the city can be found at the top. 

  • Rothe House & Garden, one of Kilkenny’s hidden gems, is found in the centre of the Medieval Mile. It is a unique Tudor Merchant’s townhouse built between 1594 and 1610.  Rothe House is now owned by Kilkenny Archaeological Society and is home to their large collection of artefacts relating to Kilkenny and the surrounding countryside. The garden has been re-created as it would have appeared in the early 17th century and is the only urban garden of this period which is open to the public.

  • Castlecomer Discovery Park – Discover the great outdoors in this adventure park now open daily. Take to the famous tree top walk, zip over Ireland’s longest over water zip line, or try the Octagon high ropes challenge course. Kids of a younger age can get climbing and balancing on the junior woodland course at the ELF village. The park’s newest activity, available to young and old Robin Hood enthusiasts is the archery nestled in the park’s stunning woodlands. You can also take to the water in a canoe or pedal boat on one of the park’s lakes. Refreshments can be had at the new Canopy Café to keep you going throughout the day!

  • The Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny is located in the Abbey of St. Francis in the heart of the city. This is a multi-sensory and interactive experience and will immerse you into the history of Ireland’s oldest ale. Learn how the clever monks purified the water using the natural ingredients that grew in abundance near the abbey and how over the centuries the art of mixing four simple ingredients has been perfected into the ruby red ale enjoyed the world over today. To finish, sit back and enjoy the aroma, taste and feel of Ireland’s favourite ale. 

  • Jerpoint Abbey located close to Thomastown, is one of the most complete Irish Cistercian Monasteries. The relatively intact Church dates mainly from 1160-1200. An important collection of sculpted tombs are preserved within the Church. One of the main attractions of the Abbey is the sculptured cloister arcade with its unique carvings. There is also a Visitor Centre which houses an interesting exhibition. Guided tours are also available.

  • Dunmore Cave has been known to man for centuries and is first mentioned in the 9th century Irish Triads. The most interesting reference to the caves is the mention of a Viking massacre at the cave in 928 AD. Archaeological finds with the cave confirm Viking activity. These are interesting and unique caves consisting of a series of chambers formed over millions of years. Access is by guided tour only. There is also an exhibition centre which houses an audio visual aimed at all ages and interests. 

  • Woodstock House and Gardens are situated in the south east of Kilkenny just outside the village of Inistioge and overlooking the River Nore Valley. The gardens are being restored to the period 1840-1890 with every effort being made to use plants and materials typical of this time. The gardens are a mix of formal and informal with an arboretum, walled garden, terraced garden, yew walk and rose garden. There are also many tranquil woodland walks including two stunning avenues, the Monkey Puzzle Avenue and the Noble Fir Avenue. Just outside the Walled garden can be found the tea shop which is housed in the beautiful cast iron conservatory. 

  • Kilfane Glen and Waterfall is an Irish Heritage garden covering about 15 acres of picturesque natural landscape. It has retained its original character from the 1790s and features ancient trees, wild fox-gloves, ferns and other plants used at that time. There is also a 30-foot waterfall, rustic grotto and a thatched summerhouse where visitors can take a break from their strolling.