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Kilkenny

Discover a medieval town, located in Ireland’s Ancient East boasting attractions including Kilkenny Castle, Woodstock Gardens, Castlecomer Discovery Park, Nore Valley Park and Kilkenny Cycling Tours.

For the artistic, you are sure to be inspired by the winding lanes lined with craft shops selling pottery, paintings, jewellery and the famous Kilkenny Design Centre.

Delve into history when visiting Kilkenny Castle, well-preserved churches, monasteries and cathedrals.

No trip to Kilkenny is complete without quenching your thirst with a pint of Smithwick’s – an Irish red ale-style beer, brewed in Kilkenny. Doesn’t tantilise your taste buds? Try an Irish cream ale, originating from Kilkenny, aptly named ‘Kilkenny’.

Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience

A unique Cultural & Heritage Experience where you will discover the basic skills of the fastest field sport in the world. During the tour, visit the museum and learn the skills of the game. Hurling is a way of life in Kilkenny, who hold the record for the most victories in the sport.

The Medieval Mile

Delve into the city’s rich medieval history as you walk the Medieval Mile. Linking 13th century St. Canice’s Cathedral with the ancient Kilkenny Castle, you’ll hear tales of the church Oliver Cromwell slept in, and speculation on whether infamous innkeeper Alice Kyteler was really a witch.

 

Kilkenny Castle

Over 50 acres of gardens are waiting for you to explore as well as an impressive 900-year-old castle which overlooks the River Nore. For the energetic, venture to orienteering course to test your skills.

The Smithwick's Experience

Right in the heart of the Medieval Mile lies The Smithwick’s Experience, the perfect spot to learn about the brewing process behind the famed local ale, while sampling a creamy pint for yourself. Delve into the rich history of Smithwick’s story with moving portraits and monk holograms during the tour.

Kilkenny Design Centre

Renowned for showcasing emerging Irish craftspeople and their exceptional work. Browse and shop your choice of Irish-designed jewellery, knitwear, fine china, pottery or glass. Before you leave, pop into the award-winning Anocht restaurant, with delicious homemade food served daily.

Kilkenny Road Train

Just outside Kilkenny Castle, board the Kilkenny Road Train for a 30-minute jaunt around the city’s medieval streets. Local guides offer full commentary and insight on the fascinating history of Kilkenny as you pass its most impressive sights from St Canice’s Cathedral to St Francis Abbey Brewery.

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