Heritage in Kilkenny
Kilkenny Heritage now has an official website - see kilkennyheritage.ie
The past echoes in every footstep as you walk through the medieval city of Kilkenny. Explore its ancient laneways, wonder at the majestic halls of Kilkenny Castle , experience the glory of 13th century Canice's Cathedral and visit Rothe House, the only example of an early 17th century merchant’s townhouse in Ireland.
The county is just as rich in heritage and natural beauty. Feel the passion of past generations through places like Kells Priory and Woodstock Estate or reconnect with Nature in stunning natural settings like Dunmore Caves and Castlecomer Demesne.
View the Heritage Council's (which is based in Kilkenny) latest promotional video below. You can also browse the heritage attractions using the listings below this video.
Brewed using the finest of ingredients and centuries of experience, meet the ale that has taken centuries of turbulent times on the chin and survived against all odds. Immerse yourself in the amazing heritage of the Smithwick's family and enjoy a multi-sensory and interactive experience of what life was like at the St Frances Abbey Brewery over the past 300 years. Dive in head first and experience first-hand how to stir the mash and sniff the hops, learning what distinguishes this storied ale from lager and stout.
Dominican Black Abbey in Kilkenny was founded in 1225 by William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke. The church has since been beautifully restored to its original splendour with a spectacular coloured stained glass window. The Black Abbey was part of the Dominican Priory and derived its name from the Black Friars, as the Dominicans were called. The Black Abbey is the longest established of all Irish foundations. However, today the friars and the BI Peter O Higgins Lay Dominican Chapter assigned here are engaged in traditional apostolates, particularly liturgical preaching and sacramental services. The public celebration and service is a daily event in which visitors to the abbey are encouraged to participate in.
Explore Castlecomer Discovery Park, set in a spectacular 80 acre woodland. The Discovery Park boasts an exciting range of recreational and educational activities. Nibble on delicious treats in the award winning café, visit the fascinating multi-media mining museum and splash about in our pedal boats while taking in the beautiful scenery and natural settings of the park. Find yourself vanishing into the world of creative arts and craft workshops and experience first-hand the detailed craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece, while fighting the temptation to purchase 1, 2 or 10 pieces!!
Creamery House is an 18th century Georgian house located in the centre of the town of Castlecomer in County Kilkenny. Originally built in approx.1750 by the Wandesforde family who lived on the eastern side of the Deen river which flows through the town. Creamery House became dilapidated over the years but has now been extensively restored.
History and geology blend at Dunmore Cave to give an interesting and unique insight into this landmark. Consisting of a series of chambers formed over millions of years, it contains some of the finest calcite formations found in any Irish cave.
The historic nature of the MacDonagh site is well documented. On the site was the former Union Workhouse built in 1842 to accommodate up to 1,300 local poor. When the potato famine began in 1845 the Poor House quickly became the City Famine Workhouse.
Gáirdín an Ghorta is a National Garden of Remembrance located in Newmarket, County Kilkenny. The path through the garden is a metaphor for Irish history. The journey along the path is synonymous with the journey of the Irish people from pre-famine era to the future.
With over 200,000 family history parish and civil records, Rothe House is the genealogical research centre in Kilkenny city and county. For those with Kilkenny ancestry, this is the place to start your search, or even add to your existing knowledge.
The remains of this fortress, which was built in 1210 and converted to a prison in 1568, are now incorporated into the basement area of the 19th century courthouse in Parliament Street, Kilkenny.
Graiguenamanagh is a scenic riverside town nestled in the picturesque Barrow Valley.
The Graiguenamanagh Heritage Trail is a walking tour that explores the rich and interesting history of this village from the arrival of the Cistercian Monks in 1204 through to the present day.