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Discover the Crafts & Culture of Kilkenny this Autumn

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This Autumn, come discover the culture and crafts in Kilkenny that are inspired by vibrant traditions of the medieval and the contemporary. Visit historic stately homes and castles for a uniquely Kilkenny cultural experience. Or learn about our world acclaimed crafts people, whose work emerge from the land and stone. Visit an authentic craft workshop and meet the people behind some of Ireland’s finest pottery, textiles and glassware and so much more… #KeepDiscovering

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Find out why Kilkenny is titled World Crafts Council Craft City & Region as you explore the depth and scale of the deep rooted craft tradition that only Kilkenny has.

Discover the 20 step handmade process involved in creating bespoke pottery at Nicholas Mosse Pottery and get a guided tour from the owner as you meet all the ‘creatives’ behind the scenes. #KeepDiscovering Pottery

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Drawn from Ireland’s most eminent craftspeople and designers, Kilkenny Design Centre gives visitors a uniquely special shopping experience, allowing visitors to purchase the best of Irish crafts and design under one roof.  #KeepDiscovering Design

Discover Kilkenny’s very own craft trail. MADE in Kilkenny brings together a pool of 27 highly talented crafts people from around the county to showcase the very best of Kilkenny crafts – from pottery, ceramics to silver, this trail is an Autumn afternoon of artistic discovery! #KeepDiscovering Craft Trail

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Discover the ancient art of glassblowing at Jerpoint Glass, where you can learn all about their glass makers’ studio, and a typical day in the life of an Irish handmade glass company! Visitors to the studio and shop are welcome to view the glassblowing free of charge during working hours. #KeepDiscovering Glassware

Learn The Ancient Craft Of Glass Blowing At Jerpoint Glass

Venture 20 minutes from the city and you will come upon Castlecomer Craft Yard, where you can bask in the local culture and watch how the growing groups of crafts and artisans make their trade. You’ll find artists there selling pottery, silver jewellery, interiors, fine art painting, fine jewellery and ceramics. #KeepDiscovering Craft Yard

Add some sparkle into your autumn staycation and learn how to identify true diamonds with a visit to renowned jeweller Rudolf Heltzel. Here you will also find out about the handcrafted process some of the finest jewellery pieces go through. The pieces at Rudolf Heltzel truly are genuine works of art and are made with such high-quality metals and precious gems. #KeepDiscovering fine jewellery

Learn how to create ambiance with scents in your home with a visit to Moth to a Flame.  Established by Larry Kinsella in 1999, Moth to a Flame have been making a range of distinctive handmade candles beside the picturesque river in Bennettsbridge for over two decades. #KeepDiscovering Candles

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Autumn is a great time to explore Kilkenny, the city is filled with hidden cultural gems that can be explored on foot!  Discover how Kilkenny’s history and culture bind communities together with a visit to any of these great attractions. 

Art lovers and the culturally curious alike with relish a visit to Butler Gallery. The original building was built in 1818 and was the site of a 12th Century Augustinian priory. Today it hosts some of the country’s finest art exhibitions and has an adjoining café aptly named ‘Muse’, for some well-deserved refreshments. #KeepDiscoveing Butler Gallery

Step back in time, even centuries and experience Ireland’s Medieval Mile Museum in Kilkenny city. Let experienced and entertaining guides lead you through the museum revealing the secrets behind the most famous pieces on display. Learn how the High Crosses were made, what their engravings represent and listen to the medieval stories that lie behind the Museum. #KeepDiscovering Medieval Mile Museum

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Discover what it was like to be a Tudor in Kilkenny with a visit to Rothe House. Rothe House is a unique Tudor merchant’s townhouse, built between 1594 and 1610. The property comprises of three houses, three enclosed courtyards and a half-acre garden that runs all the way back to the City Wall.  Wander and explore at your leisure; view the magnificent architecture, step through cobbled courtyards and take in the relaxed atmosphere of our extensive garden. #KeepDiscovering Rothe House

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There is a good reason why each year hundreds of thousands of visitors come to see this grand country house and walk through the fifty acres of rolling parkland with mature trees at Kilkenny Castle. Take a tour and revel at the fully restored furniture and features that make this an iconic place to visit. There is also a tearoom, playground and several orienteering trails for visitors to enjoy. #KeepDiscovering Kilkenny Castle.

So, start planning your Autumn staycation now, find some exciting things to do in Kilkenny, and see how you can #KeepDiscovering !