Heritage & History

Explore Kilkenny, Ireland's Medieval Mile City

Spring has Sprung in Kilkenny

Honouring the past

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall, Homestead of the Mosse family

Romantic Rendezvous

Kilkenny - so much to tour and explore within walking distance

Dig a Little Deeper and look beyond to discover hidden gems

MADE in Kilkenny

6 Brilliant Free Things To Do in Kilkenny

5 Insta-Perfect Kilkenny Locations

4 Destinations That Are So Kilkenny

Castlecomer Craft Yard

Castle Curiosities

Medieval Magic in Kilkenny

Explore Kilkenny, Ireland's Medieval Mile City

Spring has Sprung in Kilkenny

Honouring the past

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall, Homestead of the Mosse family

Romantic Rendezvous

Kilkenny - so much to tour and explore within walking distance

Dig a Little Deeper and look beyond to discover hidden gems

MADE in Kilkenny

6 Brilliant Free Things To Do in Kilkenny

5 Insta-Perfect Kilkenny Locations

4 Destinations That Are So Kilkenny

Castlecomer Craft Yard

Castle Curiosities

Medieval Magic in Kilkenny

Explore Kilkenny, Ireland's Medieval Mile City

Spring has Sprung in Kilkenny

Honouring the past

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall, Homestead of the Mosse family

Romantic Rendezvous

Kilkenny - so much to tour and explore within walking distance

Dig a Little Deeper and look beyond to discover hidden gems

MADE in Kilkenny

6 Brilliant Free Things To Do in Kilkenny

5 Insta-Perfect Kilkenny Locations

4 Destinations That Are So Kilkenny

Castlecomer Craft Yard

Castle Curiosities

Medieval Magic in Kilkenny

Medieval Mile Museum

2 St Mary’s Lane, High Street, Kilkenny

Tel: 0567817022

[email protected]

https://www.medievalmilemuseum.ie/

The former St Mary’s Church has been converted into a modern museum, and will also be a venue for select events and exhibitions. Designed to enrich the cultural life of the city and provide a new international standard attraction for visitors the museum has several functions: as the starting point for understanding Kilkenny’s medieval history, to display Kilkenny’s Civic Treasures and replicas of some of Ossory High Crosses and to provide a space for temporary exhibitions and cultural events.

The 13th century St Mary’s church and graveyard is the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland. As the starting point of the ‘Medieval Mile’ trail, it brings to life Kilkenny’s history as Ireland’s premier medieval city. Displays of Kilkenny’s civic treasures and replicas of some of the High Crosses of Ossory illustrate the local Gaelic monastic heritage and the ancient city’s historic role in Ireland.

Kilkenny’s 800-year story is told with a contemporary twist within the new museum. The customer experience contains a long colourful interactive table similar to a giant iPad, an elongated plasma TV screen and projected imagery onto a giant wall allowing visitors to get immersed in the rich history with the aid of modern technology.

Visitors to the museum will soon come face to face with the physical remains of people who walked the streets of Kilkenny centuries ago, and will discover how forensic analysis has revealed many of their secrets in the brand new cutting-edge exhibition 3 Lives, 3 Deaths, One Life Unlived.

There are Guided and Self-Guided Tours available daily, and Medieval Mile Trail Walking Tours available Saturday – Tuesday. Self-Guided Tours come with a complimentary Audio-Guide.

Cushendale Woollen Mills

Cushendale Woollen Mills Ltd., Mill Road, Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny Ireland. R95 PP83

Tel: +353 59 9724118

[email protected]

https://cushendale.ie/

Cushendale Woollen Mills is one of the few remaining Irish woollen mills continuing to create quality authentic textiles from the fleece of Irish sheep. Set on the millrace of the River Duiske, since the 1700s the Cushen family have continued to produce high quality Irish-made textile products at our mill in Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny. We are known for our unique colours and craftsmanship which enables us to produce a broad range of home furnishings, fashion accessories and knitting yarns in Irish Wool, Mohair and Lambswool. Opening Hours Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 17:30 (closed 12:30 – 13:30) Saturday: 10:00 – 13:00 Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00 (December only)

Kilkenny Famine Experience

MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Hebron Road, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7777600

[email protected]

https://kilkennyfamineexperience.com/

Visit Kilkenny Union Workhouse, adjacent to Kilkenny Train Station, now beautifully restored as MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre to take this FREE audio visual self-led tour. Hear the heartbreaking and poignant human stories recorded in local newspaper articles and minute books from the Board of Guardians, a true reflection of the Kilkenny Famine Experience from the perspective of the Workhouse inmates and staff.

Shenanigans The Kilkenny City Walk

Kilkenny Castle, The Parade, Kilkenny

Tel: 087 2743865

[email protected]

https://shenaniganswalks.com/

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! The fun, magical, historical & hysterical way to experience Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile.

St Mary’s Cathedral

St Mary’s is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ossory. It is situated on James’s Street, Kilkenny, Ireland. Saint Mary’s was designed by William Deane Butler (c.1794-1857). He was chosen by Bishop William Kinsella (1793-1845) who instigated the building of St. Mary’s in February 1842. Work began in April 1843 and finished in 1857. On Sunday 4 October 1857, St. Mary’s had its grand opening, which consisted of a two-and-three-quarter hour ceremony that began at 6.15am. The cost of the building is estimated to have been £25,000.

St.Canice’s Cathedral

Built between 1202 and 1285, St Canice's has been preserved in its original style and form. Worship has taken place here for over 800 years. See the wonderful stained glass and the largest collection of ancient monuments. View Kilkenny and the surrounding area from the 9th century round tower (weather permitting) and see the seat of the bishop of Ossory dating back to 1120AD. Facilities include: Gift shop, toilets, wheelchair access. Information leaflets are available in 15 languages. Group and guided tours available by booking in advance.

Music in Kilkenny

Castalia Hall, Ballintobin, Callan, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 086 1777017

[email protected]

musicinkilkenny.com

Music in Kilkenny organises two series of concerts every year; an autumn series and a spring series. All concerts take place in Kilkenny. Music in Kilkenny Committee: John Clark, Brian Fennelly, Beatrice Kelly, Kieran O’Sullivan, Susan Proud Music in Kilkenny is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny County Council & the Camphill Community of Ballytobin

Rothe House & Garden

Parliament Street, Kilkenny

Tel: 085 8383161

[email protected]

rothehouse.com

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. The property is now owned by Kilkenny Archaeological Society and is home to their large collection of artefacts relating to Kilkenny city and county. The garden has been painstakingly reconstructed to reflect the Rothe Family garden and is planted with heritage varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit; there are even resident ducks! The house is open to the public and visitors will have the opportunity to make their way through the houses, courtyards and gardens on a self-guided tour. Full guided tours can also be arranged for groups by contacting [email protected]