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.
In early November 2017 MacDonagh Junction will launch the Kilkenny Famine Experience, a free, self-guided, audio visual tour that will recall the human story of the Kilkenny famine inmates around the buildings of the former famine Workhouse (now Workhouse Square, MacDonagh Junction). Visit Workhouse Square to see the old structure merged with modern award winning architecture and visit the memorial garden at Goods Shed Square.
The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild is a collection of 10 establishments throughout Ireland's Medieval capital. Each premises will stock a minimum of 60 Irish Whiskeys and will assist in the customers experience through knowledgeable staff, tasting flights, food pairings and mixology.
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.
Nowadays visitors can take a guided tour of the castle and a walk around the gardens. Visit in spring for snowdrops, daffodils and tulips, summer for the meadows, art exhibitions and sunshine walks, autumn for the ScareFest, ghost tours and wand and quill making, winter for drawing classes and winter workshops.
Shankill Castle is a unique family home often described as a living museum. It was first built as a Butler towerhouse near the ruins of a pre-reformation church. In 1708 it was rebuilt and set in a formal landscape, vista to the front and canal to the rear, by Peter Aylward. In the 19th century it was enlarged and castellated, serpentine bays added to the canal and an unusual polyhedral sundial given pride of place on a sunken lawn. The stable yard and castellated entrance to the demesne are attributed to Daniel Robertson.
In 1981 it was reopened as the present tourist office in the city. It is one of the few remaining Tudor alms houses in Ireland. In 1582, Sir Richard Shee founded the alms house.
Built between 1202 and 1285, St Canice's has been preserved in its original style and form. See the wonderful stained glass and the largest collection of ancient monuments. View Kilkenny and the surrounding area from the 9th century round tower.
All that remains if the original 13th Century church is the west tower, the rest of the structure was built in the 15th century. Features include some 16th and 17th century tombstones.
An award winning presentation of Irish Tales and stories, interspersed with “Craic agus ceoil” to make for a delightful evening! An Experience not to be missed!! Tailored to the needs of all groups, large or small.