Kilkenny – so much to explore within walking distance
Kilkenny is a richly historic place with a warm welcome and the promise of an unrivalled experience that resonates long after leaving. It is also the perfect city to explore on foot! There are a number of tour guides to take you exploring throughout the beautiful county and to immerse you in a richness of salacious tales and scintillating stories from Medieval times.
Experienced guides such as Frank Kavanagh of Frank’s Medieval Tours and Pat Tynan of Pat Tynan’s Kilkenny Walking Tours are gatekeepers of legends and will enthrall you with Kilkenny’s magnificent and magical history while rambling through the winding laneways.
Kilkenny Cycling Tours are also on hand for a whistle-stop tour of Kilkenny’s fascinating landmarks.
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 and the enchanting Rothe Gardens to St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Hole in the Wall. This is a city shrouded in tales of superstition and subterfuge. For the brave, grab the opportunity to climb St. Canice’s round tower which at 30m, is one of only three climbable towers in Ireland.
Explore captivating landmarks such as Shee Alms House, the Tholsel or ‘Town Hall‘ as the locals call it, or drop into the magnificent Medieval Mile Museum. Venture down the Butter Slip and Market Slip to meet Kilkenny’s infamous ‘Dame Alice Kyteler’ in Kyteler’s Inn on a ghostly walking tour. You can even try a medieval meal in Petronella, which is named after the unfortunate maid to Dame Alice who was burned at the stake as a witch.
Ramble from the City Gate to City Wall and take in the Black Abbey, Rothe House or St. Canice’s Cathedral, wrapping up with a truly wonderful walk in the extensive parkland at Kilkenny Castle.
If macabre is your thing, try a late night spine tingling stroll or if you’re a little foot weary, hop on a city train to bring you on twisty laneways and point out the many medieval features. For an alternative tour, check out Shenanigans for a blend of comedy, magic, history and whimsical fun on a jolly jaunt sharing fun facts and a good dollop of irreverent humour, craíc and mischief.