From the Castle to the Cathedral, Ireland's Medieval Mile
Kilkenny buzzes with an atmosphere like no other.
Compact, bijou and charming with intrigue and legends around every corner, Ireland’s Medieval Mile is dotted with ‘butterslips’, historic pubs, bright-coloured shops and festivals all year. The Medieval Mile linking 13th-century St Canice’s Cathedral and the Anglo-Norman castle runs through its heart.
Key Attractions: Step onto the Mile into living history.
Visit a recreated garden, ascend the 9th century 100 foot Tower or conjure a glimpse inside the lives of the Butlers. Cobbled streets and shadows add to the sense of drama. Inevitably, Soon you feel the hairs rise and heartbeat hasten at tales of witchcraft in Kyteler’s Inn. This is surely a magical place and most importantly, soon you will see why this is such a popular destination and Ireland’s Medieval Mile.
Kilkenny’s origins predate existing medieval landmarks.
Saint Canice in fact gives Kilkenny its name, subsequently founding a monastic settlement in the 6th century. The 9th century round tower beside the wonderful stone cathedral of St. Canice’s, for example is a remaining monastic landmark. Built in the 13th century , this is evidently a showcase to skilled ornate stonemasonry skills.
Take a walking tour, or a ghost tour, or both! Visit Kilkenny’s Famine Experience and uncover stories of one of the hardest times in Irish history.
Link all of this history together with a visit to the Medieval Mile Museum, in the converted St. Mary’s Church, a wonderful place for families and group tours. 45-minute guided tours are available from €12/€5 for adults/children, and the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and events.