Culture in Kilkenny
No matter how you define “Culture”, Kilkenny has got you covered. With it’s hilarious comedy, epic Summer Festivals , or our thriving Music, Arts and Craft scene Kilkenny City and County is the cultural heartbeat of Ireland.
More than just that, amidst Kilkenny’s narrow winding streets and idyllic rural villages you will find some of the most unique dining and shopping experiences you will find anywhere in Ireland.
They offer their visitors excellent contemporary exhibitions, which reflect the constantly changing nature of visual art practice. Providing a platform for the best of Irish art today and demonstrating a strong commitment to presenting the work of artists of international repute, they aim to stimulate, inspire and challenge their audience.
Education is at the heart of the National Craft Gallery. Through each exhibition we run tours, talks, workshops and inspiring schools programmes to engage students, families, designer makers and visitors.
Rothe House is a unique Tudor merchant’s townhouse, built between 1594 and 1610. The property comprises three houses, three enclosed courtyards and a large garden to the rear. The property is a lot bigger than it looks from the street! To accommodate his growing family, on this long, narrow plot John Rothe Fitzpiers built three houses, one behind the other, with cobbled courtyards in between. To the rear is a half-acre garden that runs all the way back to the City Wall.