Kilkenny to roll back the centuries for ‘Ireland’s Medieval Week – Kilkenny’ April 17th – 26th | Kilkenny Tourism

Kilkenny to roll back the centuries for ‘Ireland’s Medieval Week – Kilkenny’ April 17th – 26th


Kilkenny to roll back the centuries for ‘Ireland’s Medieval Week – Kilkenny’ April 17th – 26th

Visitors to Kilkenny will be invited to step back in time and celebrate the cities unique and rich history during ‘Ireland’s Medieval Week – Kilkenny’ which takes place from April 17th – 26th 2015.

The city will be rolling back the centuries and inviting visitors to join in many epic events including royal feasts, medieval ghost tours, tales of knights and witches, children’s workshops, historic talks and tours.

Ireland’s Medieval Week – Kilkenny 2015, coordinated by Kilkenny Tourism, is the only one of its kind in Ireland and coincides with the development of Ireland’s Medieval Mile, stretching from Kilkenny Castle to St. Canice’s Cathedral.

Colin Ahern, Chairman of Kilkenny Tourism said: “For Ireland’s Medieval Week – Kilkenny 2015 we have hand-picked locations across Kilkenny city and county that are brimming with medieval history. The celebrations will involve fun, merriment and engaging historical discussion and will showcase Kilkenny’s vibrant and colourful medieval history.”

Now in its second year, Ireland’s Medieval Week – Kilkenny returns to iconic locations such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral and Rothe House. New venues joining in the fun this year include Jerpoint Abbey and the Smithwicks Experience Kilkenny.

Medieval Week in Kilkenny in April 2015

There will be an array of tours, workshops, menus and medieval attire to celebrate Kilkenny medieval culture. Tours include: Climbing the Round Tower at St. Canice’s Cathedral to be near to the new moon; a medieval tour of Dunmore Caves where kids can go FREE, or an easy paced guided cycling tour through riverbanks, paths and backstreets to find out all about Kilkenny’s most infamous medieval buildings and characters on the Medieval Mile Treasure Hunt.

The more daring can try ‘Medieval Kilkenny Ghost Tours’ and be taken down cobbled lanes and around the remnants of the old city walls to discover hidden myths and legends. With all its mystic charm, it is no surprise that Kilkenny is bursting with tales of the paranormal!

Children’s workshops were jam packed last year so book early to avoid disappointment. This year brings the ‘Big Dig’ at Macdonagh Junction in association with the School of Irish Archaeology where children (5-12 years) can explore the Viking world through a simulated and controlled archaeology dig. Kilkenny Castle will also open its magnificent medieval fortress and invites people of all ages to attend a week long programme of workshops and music events.

Ireland’s Medieval Week – Kilkenny is keen for visitors to enjoy the full on experience that Kilkenny restaurants, hotels and medieval attractions have to offer. Enjoy live medieval trad sessions and food and porter in taverns all over the city including visits to Matt the Millers Bar & Restaurant, Kytelers Inn, Bolands Bar, Lanigans Bar and the Kilford Arms Medieval Church Bar. Some taverns are offering FREE porter for customers in medieval dress!

Kilkenny Medieval Week with lots of things to do in Kilkenny in April

Events for Medieval Week confirmed to date include:

  • Rothe House and Gardens: Medieval games, Childrens Craft workshops, The Rothes at sunset.
  • Historian Fin Dwyer will give a talk on the Black Death that killed at least 50% of the population of Kilkenny between 1300-1350 in Rothe House and Gardens.
  • Kilkenny Castle: Heraldry: Coats of Arms Uncovered, The Early Theobolds, Storylab Viking Skald, Harp Recital, The Medieval Harp, An Introduction to Irish Heraldry and Medieval Food workshops for Primary Schools,
  • St. Canice’s Cathedral: Guided tours bringing you back in time to the Bell Tower, the Cathedral’s glass windows, the medieval Cathedral Close and Butlers of Ormonde’s Tomb stones.
  • Smithwicks Experience Kilkenny: Tour with a medieval twist.
  • Jerpoint Abbey: Medieval tour of Jerpoint Abbey
  • Medieval farm and forge at work – visit the animals, make medieval bread and watch the black smith at work at Nore Valley Farm.
  • Medieval tour of Dunmore Caves – where kids can go FREE!
  • Medieval dishes at Kilkenny’s Hibernian Hotel, stews and ales at Kilkenny Design and medieval children activities at Kilkenny Café.
  • Kids Medieval Paradise, Art It – Priory House, MacDonagh Junction where kids will make medieval weapons, knights helmets¸ princess crowds and mosaic designs.  
  • Ireland’s only medieval rooftop tour at the Pembroke Hotel.
  • Jerpoint Glass - Medieval glass blowing demonstrations and workshops.
  • Matt the Miller, who was born in medieval times, will be on hand himself to tell customers tales of yesteryear in the cellar bar.
  • Lanigans – The Kilkenny Way Ultimate Hurling Experience, Medieval Kilkenny Ghost Tours, Irish Dancing Nights at Lanigans’s Bar & Restaurant.
  • Kytelers Inn, Est. 1324 – ‘She who put the evil in Medieval’ – Meet Kilkenny’s most infamous witch Alice Kyteler!

Ireland’s Medieval Week – Kilkenny events will take place within the city walls of Kilkenny and throughout medieval parts of the county.

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