Things to do in Kilkenny City Centre

Explore historic Kilkenny city centre

Kilkenny is a richly historic place with a warm welcome and the promise of an unrivalled experience that resonates long after you leave.

Stop by Kilkenny’s famous Medieval Mile. As Ireland’s best preserved medieval city, the mile captures 800 years of history and hosts renowned and hidden gems, from the magnificent Castle to the enchanting Rothe Gardens to St. Canice’s round tower which at 30m is one of only three climbable towers in Ireland. This is a city shrouded in tales of superstition and subterfuge.

An absolute must is a visit to the award winning Medieval Mile Museum, formerly the 13th century St Mary’s Church, where history is brought to life through multimedia interactive displays to intrigue all ages. Unearth 800 years of history under one roof and hear the stories of powerful patrons and inspired creators.

Visit The Shee Alms House, a Tudor building dating from 1582, today it is the Kilkenny Tourist Office. The Black Abbey is one of the oldest churches in Kilkenny serving the community for the last 760 years. The Famine Memorial is new visitor experience to discover located within the grounds of MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, check it out before hitting the shops. There is just so much to experience in Kilkenny.

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**Officially reopening Friday 15th July 2022**

Visit Smithwick’s and Experience Ireland’s most popular ale.

Here in the heart of historic Kilkenny, we’re less than 90 minutes from Dublin. We’re less than a 10 minute stroll from the iconic Kilkenny Castle, and are very proud to be part of Kilkenny’s famous Medieval Mile.

Immerse yourself in the story of Smithwick’s, told as only a local knows how. Where 300 years of history combine with extraordinary brewing innovations, to create the Smithwick’s tour – an experience like no other.

Our experience is the perfect way to enjoy a pint of your favourite Smithwick’s Ale, right in the heart of Kilkenny. Why not take the opportunity to upgrade your ticket and taste our red ale, pale ale and Kilkenny beer? (You might even have a new favourite by the end of your tour.)

Nothing beats getting stuck in and experiencing some hands on experiences. As part of your tour, you’ll have the chance to mill the malt, stir the mash and smell the hops, just as you would in the brewing process.

Get ready to experience a tour with more than a few surprises along the way. Our local guides are waiting to introduce you to some very memorable characters, as you’re transported back in time.

The Book & Coffee Shop

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The Book & Coffee Shop is located on William Street in the heart of Kilkenny City. They specialise in quality second hand books, literary gifts, home made cakes and coffee. The look forward to welcoming visitors to browse through their selection of books and gifts for sale.

They accept online payment by credit, debit card or Paypal. They also have a call and collect service.

Book and Coffee shop tokens available for any amount. Valid for all time. Can be exchanged for books, gifts, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cakes etc. 

Click Here for a 360 Tour of The Book & Coffee Shop.

Rafters Accommodation

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Rafters Gastro Pub & Accommodation is Kilkenny Business Awards winner for 2021. It is based in the heart of Kilkenny City, 2 minutes walk from Kilkenny Castle. Combining old world charm with a modern elegance, this award winning bar offers a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Rafters offers great food with an extensive menu available 7 days a week. Boasting 16 ensuite bedrooms and a rooftop beer garden it can accommodate all your needs in Kilkenny. 

14 Ensuite modern bedrooms styled with great flair, taste & attention to detail. The bedrooms are quiet & relaxing with full modern conveniences such as televisions hair dryers’ iron and ironing boards. Complimentary tea or coffee available on request. Most of the bedrooms are spacious doubles/twins and the remaining ones are a mixture of triple and family rooms.

 

To enquire about B&B accommodation at The Rafter’s Gastro Pub Kilkenny please send an email to gerryrafter@gmail.com or call 056 7722970.

Alternatively you can secure your reservation via their online booking engine.

 

Visit Rafters Accommodation Deals Page

Kilkenny Hyrdobikes

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Hydrobike Rental

Hydrobikes - the most exciting new water adventure experience in Ireland to “Explore The Nore like Never Before!”

Hydrobikes provide a gentle, low-impact aerobic total body workout; but it all depends on how fast you pedal. Take a hydrobike out for a leisurely ride along the Nore, a fast cardio workout, photography session, or a spot of fishing. They are non polluting, easy to ride, lightweight, safe, stable and are the perfect way to experience water sports. Hydrobikes are super dog friendly, and your furry friend will love the ride as much as you will. They are easy to ride and suitable for adventurers from ages 8 upwards. 

 

 

Hydrobikes are single-seated, one person per bike with a minimum age requirement of 8. 

Life Jacket included in cost. 

 

Quick Details: 

Duration: 1 hour
Availability: Daily

 

Adult 18+
€25

 

Child up to 17 years
€15

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