Things To Do in Kilkenny
Looking for things to do in Kilkenny, well look no further as Kilkenny city and county has so much to offer. For example, the city has many beautiful walking trails and tours to take. Spend some time visiting historic Kilkenny Castle, see the wonderful parks and gardens, do some shopping in the newly opened MacDonagh Junction shopping centre or find the craic in one of Kilkenny's finest bars and restaurants.
For some, it’s a spa treatment in luxurious surroundings. For others it’s a day outdoors in an idyllic setting. Choose from 5 star spa hotels to world-renowned golf courses, from beautiful walking routes to horse-riding, for that special way to unwind and recharge, you will find it here in Kilkenny.
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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.
Established in 1968 and now in its second generation, internationally acclaimed Rudolf Heltzel designers gold and silversmiths hand make unique, exquisite jewellery in precious metals and gemstones. Their gallery at 10 Patrick Street, open to the public, displays and sells an exciting range of instantly recognisable, hand made engagement rings and dress pieces in 18ct gold, sterling silver and platinum, set with carefully selected diamonds and magnificent precious gemstones.
Ryeland House Cookery School first open its doors in Kilkenny in 1991 to provide cooking classes and has been run ever since by the proprietor Mrs. Anne Neary.
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.
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.
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.
Shenanigans - The Kilkenny City Walk is the fun way to experience historic Kilkenny City, the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s Ancient East. Blending comedy, magic, history, whimsical fun and plenty of Shenanigans our guides will take you on a jolly jaunt tracing Kilkenny City’s fascinating Medieval Mile, regaling you with unique anecdotes, fun facts and a good dollop of irreverent humour, craíc and mischief. Not just a guided tour ... a MIS-guided tour!
Starting at the Trail Kilkenny Kiosk on the Parade, the loop takes you through the towns of Bennettsbridge, Stoneyford and Kells. Distance is 41 km and time is 2 to 3 hours. Terrain features country roads linking the main towns in south Kilkenny. One of the many exciting things to do in Kilkenny.