Romantic Rendezvous

Paris, eat your heart out! Kilkenny City is one of Ireland's most romantic cities with its castles, cathedrals, candle lit restaurants and endless culture. What better place to escape for a break with your other half to a luxury estate hotel or chic boutique hideaway.

The iconic Mayor's Walk on the Parade under the shadows of Kilkenny Castle is the perfect place for a leisurely hand in hand stroll to soak up the sights and sounds of the city

Sky's the limit

Rumour has it, many a proposal has been made at the top of Kilkenny’s iconic St. Canice’s round tower, only one of two such towers in Ireland that can be climbed. Some say it’s the view that prompts the proposal, others point to the height and a rush of oxygen to the brain. Either way, Kilkenny is the perfect place to pose that all important question and with a dizzying array of jewellers, silversmiths and goldsmiths, where better to dazzle?

 

Foodie Heaven

Having recently been crowned Ireland’s Foodie Destination of the Year 2018, visitors are only ever a stone’s throw away from a delicious dining experience that your betrothed shall remember forever. From Michelin stars to Gastro pubs par excellence, Kilkenny has it all.

 

Sweep 'em off their feet

Sweep your other half off their feet with an atmospheric bike ride through the City or County with Kilkenny Cycling Tours.

Stock up on some artisan treats from the Kilkenny Design Centre before a picnic and stroll in the Castle park or take to the countryside for some peace and quiet, cycle the back roads to the picturesque village of Bennettsbridge, home to Nicholas Mosse Pottery and Moth to a Flame. Return to Kilkenny city at your own leisure along the truly beautiful River Nore, taking pit stops to enjoy the scenic views.

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In this article

Rudolf Heltzel Goldsmith

St.Canice’s Cathedral

Butler House

Murphy Jewellers

Newpark Hotel

Ristorante Rinuccini

Rothe House & Garden

Woodstock Gardens

Zuni

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Rudolf Heltzel Goldsmith

10 Patrick Street, Kilkenny

056 7721497

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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.

St.Canice’s Cathedral

Coach Road, Kilkenny

056 7764971

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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.

Butler House

Upper Patrick Street, Co. Kilkenny

056 7765707

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Butler House is a beautiful four-star guest house Kilkenny City, boasting contemporary furnishings combined with magnificent original features. The stunning Georgian residence features sweeping staircases, magnificent plastered ceilings, marble fireplaces and a charming walled garden. Explore the unique features of the guesthouse including the internationally renowned Butler Walled Garden, a charming Georgian garden which has been restored to its former glory and boasts its own private entrance to the iconic Kilkenny Castle.

Murphy Jewellers

85 High Street, Kilkenny

056 7721127

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Murphy Jewellers was established at 85 High Street Kilkenny in 1903 by Patrick T. Murphy, whose name resides above the door to this day. A skilful craftsman, he built a solid reputation for reliable, personal service in quality jewellery and watch-making. This tradition has continued over three generations in his family to become the successful jewellery business that you can visit today. Murphy Jewellers is in the same family for three generations as a successful, progressive and vibrant jewellery business located in the heart of Ireland’s medieval capital. They are delighted to present to you their latest catalogue (on their website) of fine jewellery, illustrating a selection of our newest lines. They welcome the opportunity of showing you this jewellery as well as their more regular, classic styles on your next visit to their shop. With private viewing rooms, individual attention is always assured.

Newpark Hotel

Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny

056 7760500

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The 4 star Newpark Hotel rests on the edge of medieval Kilkenny City, a cultural gem of festivals and historical sites. On over 40 acres of parkland, offering luxurious accommodation, a Health Club & Spa and fun filled kids’ activities, this family-friendly hotel is the ideal base for exploring Kilkenny. Your hosts, the Flynn family have a renowned reputation for a warm welcome and true hospitality, creating a relaxed atmosphere and outstanding experience for all guests. This family friendly Kilkenny hotel offers an array of unique facilities including stylish and elegant décor, a relaxing Spa and Health club with an outdoor infinity pool and fun filled activities for the kids. With elegant banqueting suites, suitable for a large or intimate Kilkenny wedding and spacious conference facilities, our dedicated team will ensure all your needs are met whether you are here for business or pleasure.  

Ristorante Rinuccini

1 The Parade, Kilkenny

056 7761575

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Ristorante Rinuccini is a family owned and run multi award-winning Italian restaurant located in the heart of Kilkenny City for over 25 years. Specialising in classic Italian cuisine, Ristorante Rinuccini boasts an extensive menu selection, catering for lunch, dinner, group bookings and private dining in our city-centre restaurant.

Rothe House & Garden

Parliament Street, Kilkenny

085 8383161

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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. 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]

Woodstock Gardens

Woodstock Estate, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny

056 7794373

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The beautiful Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum are located overlooking the River Nore Valley and the picturesque village of Inistioge. The gardens date to the 1740's with the main development taking place in the 1800's. A period of disrepair followed during the 1900's following the burning of Woodstock House, however in 1999, Kilkenny County Council undertook an ambitious programme of garden restoration which is now well advanced. Features include a walled garden, rose garden, rockery garden, a recreated Turner Conservatory, a collection of rare and exotic trees in the arboretum and much more including many tranquil woodland walks.

Zuni

26 Patrick Street, Kilkenny

056 7723999

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Zuni Restaurant Bar & Boutique Hotel, situated on Patrick Street, in Kilkenny's City Centre. Serving great food for lunch or dinner seven days a week since 2000. Arrive early for a cocktail in our chic new cocktail bar. Lunch is served from 12.30pm to 2.30pm daily while Dinner is served from 6pm to 9.30pm daily (except 6pm to 9pm on Sunday's).