Both the City and County quietly emanate the very best that Ireland has to offer. From culture to creativity, fine eateries to vibrant nightlife and outdoor adventures to medieval magic, this is the place that has something for everybody.
Kilkenny Foodie Tours offers food tasting and cultural walking tours through Kilkenny's medieval narrow streets and alleyways. On their tours, you will visit local artisan food producers and meet the owners who share their insight on the delicious tastes found in the historic city. From world-class produce and exceptional seafood to unbeatable whiskey, there is so much to discover in Kilkenny.
Kilkenny Foodie Tours organises Foodie Day Trip to Kilkenny.
Visit chocolatiers, take a guided tour of Ballykeefe gin distillery, and more artisan food and experiences in this chauffeur-driven guided tour of Kilkenny County’s top food and craft producers.
Experience the adrenaline of paintball, the fun of bubble football, the playfulness of splat ball and the hell in the Hells’ Kitchen Assault Course (and much more!) all at the Kilkenny Activity Centre! Located just off the Kilkenny ring road adjacent to the Orchard House Bar & Restaurant, activities include Splat ball, Bubble Soccer, Paintball, the much lauded ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Assault Course and loads of fun.
• Activity Centre offering a range of challenging & fun activities for all the family
• Open all year round, 10hrs a day 7 days a week. 10- 6pm
• Cost: from €17.50 per activity
• Booking essential
Take a guided boat tour of Kilkenny in a traditional Irish Open-Boat on the historic river Nore as it flows through the city. Learn of the often unspoken and local history that the river holds. Witness the wildlife that thrive in the urban environment and that have shared the waterways with man for thousands of years. See Kilkenny as both invaders and settlers did, entering the city by boat. Be sure to bring your camera as you'll have the opportunity to capture some very unique views of Kilkenny including a rarely viewed angle of the Castle, as seen from river level.
The guides are friendly, entertaining and possess a love for the job they do. You'll find the boat trips relaxing, informative and most of all memorable. To get a feel of what to expect, have a look at this fantastic video.
The 30 minute trips in Kilkenny are by group booking only due to Covid 19.
For more information, call Cliff on 00 353 (0)87 2061999.
Ormonde Language Tours
Business address: Hillcrest, Greenshill, Kilkenny, R95DC9V
Ormonde Language Tours offers walking tours of Kilkenny in English, French and German. Each kilkenny walking tour is conducted in one language by John, a history loving native of Kilkenny. John is studying modern languages with the Open University and he has also completed the National Tour Guide training course. John will show you the best of Kilkenny city and you will be amazed by our fascinating history. You can book a tour online and if you request a tour in your language at a different time, just ask.
Kilkenny has many fabulous sights to see. Old ecclesiastical monuments such as St. Canice’s Cathedral, St. Francis and the Black Abbey. Medieval buildings such as Shee Alms house, Kytler’s Inn and Rothe House. Our most well-known building though is Kilkenny Castle, originally built in the 12th century, much of the current building comes from this period and is mixed with a 19th century remodelling. The river Nore flows through the city centre and is crossed by five bridges in the city. After you have finished your walking tour, take a stroll through the castle park. Kilkenny has a vibrant nightlife and also some of the best restaurants in Ireland and boasts having one of Ireland’s 16 Michelin star restaurants. We have plenty of superb casual eateries as well. Kilkenny has a very creative craft scene and many studios can be visited.
Walk through Ireland’s most beautiful city with Ormonde Language Tours and admire the fantastic scenery. Stroll along the river Nore and appreciate the view of the Blackstairs mountains in the distance. Visit Kilkenny’s architectural heritage dating back to the 9th century. Learn about the many important people native to Kilkenny with your guide who is Kilkenny native and speaks French and German. If you are short on time, a walking tour with Ormonde Language Tours is the ideal way to get to know Kilkenny.
TOUR MEETING POINT
The Water Trough
HOBAN Bar & Brasserie at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny City Centre is where a relaxed atmosphere, excellent food and a genuine welcome awaits you. The bar is fabulously glamorous with a distinctly Art Deco feel and a cosy snug and warm fire providing the perfect backdrop to an extensive and impressive Cocktail and Drinks List.
A palette of rich peacock blue and russet orange combines with soft leathers, velvet and brass to give a warm ambience to this contemporary brasserie – the perfect spot to relax in after a busy day's sightseeing or to treat yourself after stressful week at work.
Opening Daily: Bar from 12.30pm (and 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday) and the Brasserie Serves from opening till 9pm
HOBAN Sunday Brunch is served from 11am - 3 pm House DJ from 11.30 -1.30pm. Enjoy great classic brunch dishes in a buzzing brasserie atmosphere. The art deco glamour of the bar & brasserie is matched with soft mood lighting to soothe and our resident DJ will ease you into your Sunday with funky, easy listening music vibes.
Signature brunch cocktails like Bellini, Mimosa and Bloody Mary’s as well as non-alcoholic detox and kick-start cocktails to set you up for the day. Great for getting together with family or a group of friends or for the day after a celebration or night out.
This chic bar offers an inviting interior, a mix of old and new world styles. This stylish Kilkenny bar is a haven of designer luxury and is renowned for its great service, fantastic quality food & easy going atmosphere. Pure offers an extensive drinks, wine and cocktail list including some specialist drinks carefully assembled by the Pure team. The Pure Bar food menu has been crafted to offer a great variety of dishes to suit all needs; Pure Bar Menu.
We love our coffee. We brew every cup with precision and commitment and with the same mission statement: Make It Awesome!
We don't just do coffee. We've become Kilkenny's No 1 wholefood cafe by caring deeply about the quality of the ingredients from the best local artisan producers. Our food is made fresh to order, every morning with a strong emphasis on good quality. Starting from blueberry pancakes and smashed avocado toast to mouthwatering sourdough sandwiches, organic salads and baked goods. We are vegan and gluten free friendly.
Cafe la coco focus on bringing love of design, food, baking, coffee and great service in relaxed and welcoming environment. ''Everyone is always welcome at our table"
Located in the heart of one of Ireland’s most vibrant cities, W.H.Good ltd, or ‘Goods of Kilkenny’ as it is known was founded in 1927 by William Henry Good, who first opened a small shoe shop at no. 90 High Street. Later the store grew and expanded to include clothing and linens.
During the sixties his son, Vivian Good joined the business and the expansion and development of the store continued for what was to become a 5 decade period, seeing the addition of a basement in 1977 to house the expanding shoe business and in the early 1990’s the extension of the second floor along with the addition of a lift to service all four floors.
These additions increased the stores retail space to 20,000 sq ft consolidating Goods’ position as Kilkenny’s leading Department store.
In 2004 Goods underwent a major refurbishment and refocusing program which saw the whole store being refitted and modernised as well as the addition of some top national and International brands. The store now focuses on fashion, lingerie, cosmetics, footwear and accessories for stylish women of all ages.
Redefine your Steak-House experience at Butcher Restaurant in the Heart of Kilkenny. Quality contemporary food & Cocktails are served in their relaxed and intimate restaurant. Enjoy the finest cuts in the best company!
When visiting Butcher Restaurant guests are sitting just nine miles from Summerhill Farm, Thomastown, where they rear their own traditional breeds including purebred Hereford, Galloway and Aberdeen Angus. These cows are born and raised at Summerhill and are grass fed for 10 months of the year. The restaurant host, Mark Williams is a 6th generation beef farmer at Summerhill Farm. Mark has been supplying beef to top restaurants around Ireland since the 1990's which is how he met their Head Chef James Dewberry and was inspired to open this restaurant, Butcher in the heart of this medieval city.
Artisan bakery and bistro in the heart of Kilkenny city serving delicious brunches from seasonal local produce and stone baked breads with natural Irish ingredients.
All of our breads are stone-baked daily in our bread oven and contain nothing but salt, water, flour and natural leaven or a fresh yeast culture. no preservatives. no chemicals. just nature. All our flours are grown and milled by our friends at The Little Mill built on the River Nore in Bennettsbridge Co. Kilkenny. Because we are big believers and advocates of seasonality and local produce, our menus are like the weather - they can change from day-to-day.
We don't do reservations for brunch - tables are first come, first served - but if you have any special needs, give us a shout and we'll try and accommodate you. For private parties/dinners, birthdays and events, please send us an email.
The former St Mary’s Church has been converted into a modern museum, and is 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 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.
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.
This boutique Kilkenny hotel is located under the shadows of St. Canice’s Cathedral on the Medieval Mile and offers guests excellent value for money. The Kilkenny Inn is close to all the city's famous attractions including Kilkenny Castle. In addition to the myriad of shops in the city centre, the charming pubs, bars and evening entertainment on offer make it ideal for your stay in Kilkenny. The hotel's facilities include ample secure complimentary onsite parking, hotel lift for full accessibility and ensuite rooms featuring all modern guest comforts.
It is perfect for a stay right in the heart of the city, this Kilkenny Hotel has 30 recently refurbished comfortable guest rooms in a contemporary urban style. The bright and tastefully decorated rooms are designed to meet all the requirements of our guests, business and leisure alike. Kilkenny Inn is renowned for warm hospitality, a peaceful location, relaxed atmosphere not to mention it's great service. All guests can also avail of complimentary secure guest parking, conveniently located to the rear of the hotel. Book your stay today Kilkennyinn.com
In the heart of Kilkenny City, Mint is a Beauty, Laser and Skincare Centre. We are passionate about client care and great skin. We believe in excellence and strive to provide the highest quality of services and products delivered by a knowledgeable and friendly team.
Mint offers a full range of services including facials, massages, body treatments, make up application and lessons, threading, waxing, nail treatments, signature packages. Our Clinic is focused on skincare and offers Microneedling, Alumier MD Skin Peels and Candela Max Pro Laser treatments targeting hair removal, pigmentation and more. Our skincare shop is home to Alumier MD, Dermalogica and Decleor brands.
G.L. Ryan Jewellers is located in the heart of the medieval city of Kilkenny, the vibrant heartbeat of the south-east. With its narrow paved streets and pedestrianised shopping areas, lively evening cafes and nightlife.
Located on High Street, the main shopping street, we are directly across from the entrance to the Market Cross, Kilkenny's premier shopping centre, with ample car-parking close by.
Whether you're getting engaged or just looking for that perfect gift? At Ryan Jewellers we have been helping people find the right quality jewellery for all occasions for over 70 years.
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.
10 Coffee House Lane, Market Cross Shopping Centre, Kilkenny
Nolan’s Jewellers carry a range of brands and jewellery items that appeal to a very wide audience. Stockists of Swarovski, Alex and Ani, Thomas Sabo, Coeur de Lion, Rebecca, Hugo Boss , Fossil , Tommy Hilfiger, Citizen, Casio, and much more. We are the sole supplier in the Kilkenny region for many of our brands and our on-site watchmaker and goldsmith can make immediate repairs to customer items. We are agile and move with the times and respond to the demands of our customers.
Our new retail outlet was designed with all of our customers in mind and to ensure a comfortable shopping experience. Our location in the Market Cross is central and easily accessible with ample parking and other facilities and retail outlets all of whom are complementary to each other.
Rudolf Heltzel, the Irish luxury house best known for its stunning high-end pendants and unique engagement rings, was founded in 1968 by Rudolf Heltzel. The brand’s expertise lies in the execution of their own designs using ancient techniques on precious metals and the finest gemstones. Rudolf Heltzel Ltd is still under family control and is proud to carry the torch of a dying jewellery tradition into another generation.
The creations are extravagant and elegant, timeless in their design, and made entirely by hand. Quality. Integrity. Beauty. These are the guiding values at Rudolf Heltzel.
Their promise is to only produce wonderful, exceptionally well-crafted pieces in an ethically sound way. “When a woman wears a Rudolf Heltzel article she will feel proud and special in the knowledge that this rare piece of art is hers alone. She owns something that no one else has had or can have.”
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.
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.
When you visit Medieval Kilkenny your Kilkenny experience should be with a local qualified, experienced and knowledgeable guide and historian and Pat Tynan’s Medieval Walking Tour will give that real Kilkenny experience in a city that has become a Medieval Wonderland!!
Daily Kilkenny Medieval Mile Walking Tours, Private Walking Tours can be arranged at a time to suit clients and group Medieval Walking Tours all year.
The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild is a collection of 10 establishments throughout Ireland's Medieval capital. Each premises will stock a minimum of 60 Irish Whiskeys and will assist in the customers experience through knowledgeable staff, tasting flights, food pairings and mixology.
Regular whiskey tasting Kilkenny events will be held in each of the Guild Houses designed to heighten the public’s knowledge of Irish Whiskey history production and various styles. The guild aims to make Kilkenny the leading Whiskey tourism destination in Ireland.
Helen Costelloe creates a dining experience with a difference. With food as delicious as it is healthy, you can eat out at Helen Costelloe’s without feeling a single pang of guilt!
Diners of all descriptions come from far and wide to sample Helen’s seasonal, wholefood, vegetarian cuisine, which proves once and for all that healthy food can be ‘just too tasty to describe’.
Using seasonal vegetables, nuts, grains, pulses and the very best of original spices, Helen creates menus that cater for all tastes including allergies and intolerances, with no compromise to taste.
Each occasion provides a chance to socialise in an enjoyable setting, without breaking the bank or your promises to yourself!
The Truffle Fairy was set up in 2005 by award winning chef Mary Teehan. After years of cooking and travel experience Mary brings a uniquely fresh approach to chocolate truffle making.
Drawing on her experience and love of natural fresh ingredients, The Truffle Fairy stays true to taste and quality.
Truffle Fairy hand makes high quality chocolate truffles, fudge, bars, chocolate eggs and cakes.
Carefully chosen fine flavour couverture is paired with fresh spices and quality liquors to create some wonderfully unique and tasty chocolates.
We only use the highest quality, locally sourced and organic ingredients when available to make our products.
Situated in the heart of Kilkenny city and growing from strength to strength since 1994. We continually boast some of the best known branded shops and retail outlets in Ireland, including such names as Supervalu, Heatons, and Penneys, to name but a few.
We as a Centre pride ourselves not only on the quality of the products and services we provide but on the fact that in this ever changing, fast moving retail environment one thing has and will never change for us, the importance of you, the customer.
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland.
Kilkenny Design Craft Centre offers an unrivalled selection of Irish handcrafted gifts. While it has many imitators, the Centre remains Ireland’s most prestigious source of Irish gifts of exceptional quality, all chosen with a discerning eye for quality, uniqueness and style.
The Centre’s unequalled supplier list, drawn from Ireland’s most eminent craftspeople and designers, gives visitors a uniquely special shopping experience, allowing them to purchase the best of Irish crafts and design under one roof. Visitors from outside of the EU can avail of highly attractive tax free shopping.
Mackdonald Language Academy (m.l.a.) is an ACELS and MEI accredited and independent English language school in Kilkenny.
English courses are available to learners of all ages, on a year-round basis. Students do not only improve their English, they also get a very good impression of the cultural and natural beauty of Ireland.
During the summer months, m.l.a. are specialized in offering 'all inclusive' holiday courses for kids and teenagers in Kilkenny city. Everything is included in the one price: English lessons in small classes, full board host family accommodation, airport transfers (from/to Dublin DUB), afternoon and evening activities, many cultural trips and excursions & sports.
For more than four decades Kilkenny Storyteller Jim Maher has entertained numerous visitors to Ireland’s Ancient East, from North America, Canada and from many other far flung places around the globe, with his humorous stories of a Country and lifestyle that many may not now recognise. He takes us back in time to a world of storytelling, which has been handed down over the centuries in a tradition that stretches back to the origins of theatre itself.
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. Mary’s Cathedral still dominates the landscape of Kilkenny, its great tower being visible from all approaches to the city. It stands as a reminder of the faith and growing confidence of a far off generation – a reminder and much more than a reminder.
Sunday & Holy Days Vigil Mass - Saturday
5.40pm (Capuchin Friary)
6.10pm (Black Abbey)
11.00am, 5.30pm (The Cathedral)
10am (The Cathedral)
Monday - Saturday
9.00am Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Sacrament of Reconciliation
First Saturday of the Month in the Cathedral or by appointment
In the shadow of Saints, follow in the footsteps and hear stories of hermits and knights at St. Canice's Cathedral, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval Cathedral, appearing to the visitor today very much as it did to our Norman & Gaelic ancestors 800 years ago. Touch what they touched. Walk where they walked. Climb to the top of the Round Tower which is a thousand years old and, on your visit, don’t miss The Medieval Effigy tombs, The Great East Window and The Kytler Grave Slab.
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.
Gift shop, toilets, wheelchair access. Information leaflets are available in 15 languages. Group and guided tours available by booking in advance.
A visit to Rothe House is high on the list of things to do in the Marble City.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kilkenny is steeped in theatrical history. From the time the Duke of Ormonde (1698) brought the first Strollers Theatre group to Kilkenny, to the present day, Kilkenny has been synonymous with the world of theatre.
Located in the heart of Kilkenny City, the Watergate Theatre have been keeping audiences entertained since 1993 with local, national and international productions, live music, dance, comedy and much more.
Artisan butcher and delicatessen shop run by Lada Navratil at Newpark Shopping Centre, KK selling top quality local meat – beef, lamb, pork and we are pleased to offer veal from the Kilkenny Rosé Veal farm; free range chicken, a variety of artisan savoury cakes, pies and pastries, local organic vegatables, Irish farmhouse cheese, olives etc. We stock a wide range of Irish artisan products and we are proud to be a exclusive seller of Wild About products to our customers in Kilkenny.
Breagagh Valley Artisan Meats was founded in 2013 as a small independent Kilkenny based company specialising in artisan meat production. Our founder and owner, George Navratil, studied Meat Technology and Meat Processing in Prague, in the Czech republic. George is passionate about charcuterie, he loves making sausages and other meat delicatessen products. While producing them he uses some old and tried recipes and he is also not afraid to try out his own new ideas. Our shop is little bit different from other butcher shops as we produce a top quality charcuterie. We have fitted a fully automatic smoker in the workshop and we specialise in production of smoked sausages, salamis, hams etc. Our products are totally natural without any artificial additives and have a high meat content. All our products are of highest quality, using only locally sourced meat, and the sausages are filled in natural casings. Our products are also gluten free.
Butterslip opened in 2005, full of colourful ideas and wild notions, the result of much day dreaming, notebook scribling, scrapbook filling and finally one great flight of madness. The scribbler, day dreamer and committed pritt sticker here is me, Anne, still often to be found doodling and daydreaming – these days I just try and make it look more productive. The name is taken from Butterslip Lane in Kilkenny, one of the city’s many curious and charming side streets, and where we first opened the eponymous shop (there was a very nice party, complete with a clown, cakes, lots of balloons and liquorice allsorts). In early 2007, Butterslip moved, but kept the lovely name, to a bright and sunny corner of Rose Inn Street where we still reside, along with our notions.
MacDonagh Junction is the largest shopping centre in the south east. An multi award winning retail and leisure hub located in the heart of Kilkenny City beside the train station, build around the beautifully restored former Kilkenny Famine Workhouse and also home to the FREE heritage attraction the Kilkenny Famine Experience. MacDonagh Junction is home to many of the top high street brands such as Dunnes, Next, H & M, Life Style Sports, River Island, TK Maxx, Skechers, Boots, Carraig Donn, Jack & Jones, Only, Regatta, Pamela Scott, JD Sports, Field's Jewellers, Eason, K-Bowl and Art It walk in studio. MacDonagh Junction is also home to Golden Spiderweb, The Works, Carphone Warehouse, Peter Mark Hairstylists, Boston Barber, Flair Beauty Boutique, Claire's accessories, Sky TV services, Vodafone, St Canice’s Credit Union, Jump Juice, and the Foroige Drum Youth Centre.
It offers 3 hours parking for €2.50, luxurious changing and award winning baby feeding suite, buggy and wheel chair loan, electric vehicle charge points, height adjustable changing bench, free wi-fi and children’s play areas. The Centre is also Ireland first Age Friendly Shopping Centre.
Large retail department store in Kilkenny specialising in Footwear, Outdoor and Luggage with Camping in the summer and Ski in the winter.
It also offers a fantastic selection to visitors in Casual Clothing, Sports House & Home, Garden Furniture, Barbeques, Crafts and Childrens clothing. Padmore & Barnes offers a unique blend of quality product in world famous brands such as Ecco, Josef Seibal, Lowa Alpine, Columbia, Samsonite, Nike, Vango and Musto to name but a few.
The store is open 7 days a week and has a large car park.
The Hub at Cillin Hill is a premier multi-purpose venue in the South East. Located in a commanding roadside position on the outskirts of thriving Kilkenny City, The Hub is located within Cillin Hill (visit www.cillinhill.com). The Hub is the ideal venue for exhibitions, conferences, comedy gigs, product launches, car/machinery shows, gala dinners, concerts and much more..
Butler Gallery is one of Ireland's leading contemporary art galleries and museum's with a permanent collection. They are located in Kilkenny City Centre at the heart of Ireland's Ancient East. Offering a unique blend of art and history they aim to inspire you. Explore their significant collection of 20th century Irish art, discover contemporary work by living artists, take part in family friendly art activities, and find out about a heritage spanning 800 years in their historic building and walled gardens.
Relax and enjoy breakfast, lunch or a delicious treat in the café, MUSE coffee + food. Butler Gallery is open six days per week (closed on Mondays except bank holidays).
FREE ENTRY. All are welcome.
Join their mailing list here to receive all the latest Butler Gallery news, including event and exhibition updates.
The Maltings, Tilbury Place, James Street, Kilkenny
Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon is an Academy Award®-nominated animation studio formed by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey in 1999. From award-winning short films such as From Darkness, Cúilín Dualach/Backwards Boy, Old Fangs, The Ledge End Of Phil, and Somewhere Down the Line, to TV series like Skunk FU! and now Puffin Rock (launched on RTEjr in Jan 2015 and to be broadcast worldwide later this year), Cartoon Saloon has carved a special place in the international animation industry.
Go back in time to a 12th Century castle, remodelled and restored and set in 1830's splendour and extensive parklands: includes art gallery and playground. Publications are also on sale.
Few buildings in Ireland can boast a longer history of continuous occupation than Kilkenny Castle. Founded soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland, the Castle has been rebuilt, extended and adapted to suit changing circumstances and uses over a period of 800 years.
Today, Kilkenny Castle is open to visitors all year round and is largely a Victorian remodelling of the thirteenth century defensive Castle. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to see this grand country house and walk through its fifty acres of rolling parkland with mature trees and an abundance of wildlife. Other features include a formal terraced rose garden, woodlands and a man-made lake, which were added in the nineteenth century. There is also a tearoom, playground and several orienteering trails for visitors to enjoy.
Please note that free admission on the first Wednesday of each month is not applicable at Kilkenny Castle.
Access for visitors with disabilities to ground floor and the gardens only.
Nestled in the heart of Kilkenny city, Truffles is an exciting new restaurant offering delightful European cuisine using the finest local ingredients, which is prepared using modern French cooking techniques with an Italian twist. A wonderful combination! They also provide an extended menu for Vegan and Vegetarian guests.
Truffles is a small and unique restaurant where guests will be spoiled from the moment they arrive. If you are looking for something special you will find it here.
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. Zuni restaurant is highly regarded as one of Kilkennys top restaurants. From our award-winning kitchen you can enjoy breakfast daily from 8am, Lunch from 12 noon with early bird and full a la carte evening service from 5.30pm.
The Wine Centre is a multi award winning specialist off licence based on John Street in the heart of Kilkenny city. We first opened our doors in 1965 and have been renowned for our dedication to customer service and excellence in product selection ever since.
We boast an extensive collection of both new and old world wines and over 300 craft beers which are available both in-store and online at www.thewinecentre.ie. Specialising in whiskey, our in-store ‘Whiskey Wall’ carries over 120 whiskeys from around the world - including a selection of rare & collectables. We also carry an extensive range of gins and other spirits from Ireland and abroad.
The Wine Centre is a proud member of the Kilkenny Whiskey Guild and we carry the largest selection of Irish Whiskeys available in the South East of Ireland. Regular public wine and whiskey tasting events are held in-store while private tastings can also be arranged. We provide personalised, specialist advice and expertise to customers, whatever the budget.
Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city each August. For ten days, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists.
2018 will mark the 9th edition of Kilkenomics - Europe’s first economics festival - which brings together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of our funniest, sharpest standup comedians. We’ve been called “Davos with jokes” and we wouldn’t disagree with that assessment.
Our informal, entertaining formats invite our audiences to engage and enjoy. As we like to say: it’s serious, but it’s fun too! Jump into Kilkenomics now and engage with as many shows as possible, equip yourself with the information and insight we hope can help us all make smart choices for our futures - inform and entertain yourselves.
People who have taken part in previous years include David McWilliams (co-founder of the festival), Constantin Gurdgiev, Max Keiser, Gillian Tett, Rory Sutherland, Linda Yueh and Yanis Varoufakis.
This truly unique festival is set in the idyllic grounds of Gowran Park with built in facilities, a giant dance floor, easy parking and 10 minutes from the motorway this venue has it all..Join us for a day of fun, music and dance with some of the best Country musicians in Ireland.
There’s something for everyone with activities for the kids, state of the art facilities ,dancing, onsite bars and restaurants and entertained by some of the best country musicians in Ireland this is the place to be on July 1st 2018
GAA fans attending this year will be able to view the Munster & Leinster Finals on the many tv screens around the racecourse so come along and enjoy the music while keeping track of the games.
The festival brings together a selection of European films that invites you to see cinema in a whole new way. Many of the films in the 2017 festival have never been screened theatrically in Ireland and 15 of them are Irish premieres; highlights for this year include a special VIP preview of Aku Louhimies’s epic film UNKNOWN SOLDIER, which has already smashed box office records in Finland; Valery Todorovsky’s terrific drama, BOLSHOI (he will be in Kilkenny to present both screenings), Alexei Uchitel’s lavish new picture, MATILDA and Tonie Marshall’s outstanding new film, NUMBER ONE (she will be in Kilkenny too).
For our 2017 edition, we are presenting 29 films. We have a terrific collection of thrillers, dramas and comedies from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, The Netherlands, Russia, Georgia and Bulgaria. We are very excited about the mix of movies available and we are confident that there’s something on offer for all tastes. There will be over 200 guests in Kilkenny for the festival, including over 50 brilliant European actors and some of the finest casting directors on the planet.
Kilkenny TradFest showcases the best of Irish traditional music, in a variety of unique venues across Kilkenny city. Held across St.Patrick’s Day weekend, the festival is accessible to everyone, with both free and ticketed events.
Join Tradfest to see world-class acts, fantastic traditional Irish musicians and bands, as well as all of the St. Patrick’s Festivities including the Parade. There are events for all ages, with the TradTrail, music & dance workshops, family activities and more.
The Savour Kilkenny Festival is the city’s premier food festival and is relatively new on the scene. There’s a vibrant food culture in Kilkenny so there’s no place better to celebrate this passion. This festival is usually held on the October Bank holiday each year and features exquisite dinners, food tasting, wine tasting, baking competitions, cooking demonstrations, a food trail, food markets, celebrity chef cookery classes and a gala dinner. Of course there will also be lots of music and street entertainment.
Left Bank has been transformed into one of Kilkenny's most popular bars and venues. A recently renovated Bank of Ireland Branch, this Kilkennt bar features a beautifully designed main bar with lively atmosphere, friendly staff and Louie's Backyard and outdoor area is a fully heated and covered smoking area featuring its own fireplace and both an indoor and outdoor bar.
Rive Gauche restaurant serves a beautiful Gourmet Lunch daily from 12pm – 4.30pm. Groups and parties of all needs are invited to this Kilkenny bar to soak up the atmosphere in our historic and impressive bar.
Sams Kilkenny is the latest addition to The Left Bank. The brand new Sams Kilkenny offers gourmet food delivered to you, in the comfort of your own home or you have the option to call and collect. They deliver within an 2km radius of Kilkenny City to ensure the quality and standard of their food. Specialising in pizzas, pastas, house dips and house desserts that are prepared daily by their professional kitchen team. Order and prepay over the phone or website and organise delivery or collection. Opening hours Monday to Sunday 1pm to 10pm. Call: 056 7818022.
Lanigan's Bar & Restaurant is a family run Traditional Kilkenny Bar located in the heart of the medieval city. Live Music is on offer 7 nights a week and Irish Cuisine served until 9pm each evening. Famed for its Hooly nights Live Trad with Cu Chulainn with World renowned Irish Dancer Ger Hayes and dancers from Evelyn White school of dance every Mon, Tues, Wed & Thur 9 till late. It also boasts the largest LCD video wall in Ireland for all your sporting events.
Adjacent to this famous Kilkenny bar is a brand new 40 bed Tourist Hostel offering visitors accommodation on a budget. Voted the number one on things to do in Kilkenny on Trip Advisor, The Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience brings you down a unique sporting experience into the world's oldest & Fastest Field Game. Located close to top Kilkenny attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, the newly added addition of Kilkenny Ghost Tours is a must when visiting the Medieval capital of Ireland. A warm and Friendly welcome will always greet you at Lanigan's.
Located on Kilkenny’s historic Parliament Street, just a short walk from Kilkenny Castle. La Rivista offers fine contemporary, Italian & Irish fusion cooking to suit all tastes and budgets. Daily specials at this Kilkenny restaurant and set menus offering great value mean you can come in for a quick bite before the theatre (Kilkenny’s Watergate Theatre is a stonesthrow away) or sit back with us and enjoy our full A La Carte menu. This Kilkenny restaurant also caters for Vegetarian and Celiac dietary requirements. So whether it’s an intimate meal for two or a large family get together, your table is waiting at La Rivista.
Kyteler's Inn is a truly historic Kilkenny bar and venue dating back to 1324 with an intriguing background - but you will have to visit to hear the whole story of witches & poisoned husbands! The building houses four bars over three floors with a great tradition for Music and is an IRISH MUSIC BAR award winner.
The Menu in Kyteler's reflects local, Irish produce and fare served with local beers. Music is a huge part of Ireland's history and Traditional Irish music has a home right here in Kyteler's Inn. Enjoy a fun Trad session with a talented duo, every Monday to Thursday evening in the Main bar.
Visitors from all over the world join a local clientele for Bacon and Cabbage, Irish Stew, prime Steaks and our famous 'Vol au Vents' washed down with local Kilkenny beers, Harp lager and Guinness. This Kilkenny bar has catered for many tour groups over the years and would be very happy to look after any group in this great medieval building. Kytelers Inn, Kilkenny offers the perfect surroundings for special occasions, communions, birthdays, Christmas parties, office parties & private parties.
Matt the Millers is arguably one of the most popular pubs in Kilkenny. The energetic bar features four floors with a bar on each and with an expanse of ground space to dance the night away under the sparkling disco ball and warm atmosphere. Customers are spoilt for choice with great food, a lively bar and music venue in a pub that has maintained its true Medieval Character. So come on down and soak up the atmosphere for yourself!
Located on the first floor of Meubles is our bustling restaurant. Meubles Restaurant is the perfect destination for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea in Kilkenny. We provide freshly made meals with locally sourced ingredients.
Open daily from 9am, we are completely wheelchair, buggy and business meeting friendly and have free Wi-Fi for all customers.
We offer a mixture of signature dishes and daily specials devised by our resident chefs. Notice boards in the restaurant outline what is available each day or simply ask our staff who will be more than delighted to advise you. We also offer an extensive gluten free menu.
The Pantry Country Kitchen is a busy Kilkenny City centre café offering an all-day, value for money casual dining experience. Famous for their Breakfast Special, The Pantry prepares freshly cooked food. An in-house bakery and confectionary ensures that freshly made breads, pastries and desserts are always available.
The Pantry now features a heated outdoor area on pedestrian friendly Kieran Street, where customers can sit with friends, relax and watch the world go by.
The in-house bakery makes cake,desserts, breads, scones & pastries to take home with you also.
Looking for restaurants in Kilkenny, Paris Texas is located on the main shopping street in the heart of Kilkenny City. Winner of the ‘Pub of the Year’ in the Irish Pub Awards 2019, the newly refurbished pub has transformed into one of the leading Gastro pubs in the South East and is home to an in-house wood smoking oven offering a fusion of traditional American South West favourites with the sophistication of New Orleans French Quarter.
Paris Texas delivers restaurant quality food at affordable prices ensuring its popularity with local and visitors alike. Regular offers and specials are available mid week with ladies night on Friday not to be missed. Inside this wonderfully adorned pub the bar extends right back from the High St with a large seated area for dining leading on to a bespoke designed covered smoking area and then on to a Gin Bar where Friday Nights come into their own.
Situated within walking distance from Langton House Hotel, The Marble City Bar & Tea Rooms is one the oldest public houses in the County it has still retained many of the original features and exsudes a warm & friendly atmosphere. MCB is a favourite with locals and residents alike, visitors will experience and savour an atmosphere made tangible by the aroma of International coffees, freshly baked breads and extensive menus boasting the very best in fresh local Irish produce and service.
Downstairs and situated on a bustling pedestrianised shopping street is the new addition to the Langton family Marble City Tea Rooms. An ideal meeting spot with both indoor and outdoor seating area's it is the perfect setting in which to experience a varied selection of coffees, teas, cakes, and pastries along with a full & comprehensive menu.
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.
Petronella restaurant and café combines medieval Kilkenny with what is best in our city's dining and evening entertainment today. Petronella's unique location on the Butterslip , one of the busiest tourist routes in the city and its modern Irish and European cuisine, create an irresistible welcome that you are sure to return to time and again. A charming dining experience, whether over a brisk lunch, leisurely evening meal or time set aside for an all important coffee, will always be guaranteed by our friendly and attentive staff.
Petronella's welcome extends to the tourist in a very special way in its presentation of music and storytelling evenings while all the while honouring all that is uniquely Irish. We will always celebrate what is classic and best in Irish food and realise that we intertwine with our history every time we serve dishes like the humble baked potato but most of all when we chat about Petronella herself. Look forward to dipping into the archives with us on her remarkable history as the first woman to be burnt at the stake in Europe and take a stroll around the corner when you leave to stand where Petronella met her end on the site of Kilkenny's town hall.
The Rafters Gastro Pub is based in the heart of Kilkenny City, 2 minutes walk from Kilkenny Castle. Combining old world charm with a modern elegance, this award winning bar offers a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Rafters offers great food with an extensive menu available 7 days a week. Boasting 16 ensuite bedrooms and a rooftop beer garden it can accommodate all your needs in Kilkenny.
Rafter's has a new Outdoor Al Fresco dining area to enjoy this summer. The ultimate spot to soak up the atmosphere
of the city and enjoy afternoon or evening drinks and lunch in the summer sunshine.
Live music is available on weekends and all major sporting occasions are shown on their 3 giant screens. Rafters is renowned as a sports venue and is complemented by a pool table and darts board. Saturday nights are very lively at Rafter Dempsey's, as they always have one of the best bands in Kilkenny belting out their tunes! If you are looking for a great entertainment venue, with a terrific atmosphere, good company and an old world charm all mixed together to give the right blend for your night, look no further.
Soak up the atmosphere and savour the ancient craft of independent, artisan brewing at Sullivan’s Taproom, located at 15 John Street Kilkenny.
Combine internationally award winning craft beer with a delicious daily menu containing items such as wood fired pizzas, burgers, tacos, wings and more! Established in 1702 at The Malting’s on James's Street, Kilkenny, the brewery survived a fire in 1880 and was lost on horse bet in 1918 before being revived in 2016 by members of the Sullivan and Smithwick families.
Sullivan’s Brewing Company is now back stronger than ever producing award winning beer – The Malting’s Red Ale was voted Best Draught Ale in the world, 2017/18! Sullivan’s Taproom also boasts rotational taps allowing you to sample a variety of craft beer each time you visit, as well as a new and improved heated outdoor dining area, including the extremely popular 8 person outdoor pods!
This Kilkenny Restaurant was established in 2012 after the enduring success of Kilkenny Design Centre’s day-time restaurant. Anocht offers a unique fine dining experience in one of Kilkenny’s most beautiful rooms.
Serving modern Irish & European cuisine with added style using the finest local ingredients, Anocht caters for dinner, group bookings and private dining. Also available to hire for private functions, weddings and events.
Built in the 1760s as grain stores for the Earl of Ormonde’s horses, the Kilkenny Design Centre was originally part of a large complex of buildings attached to the castle that housed a dairy, stables, coach houses and accommodation for grooms. Cartwheel windows overlook Kilkenny castle and courtyard while original overhead wooden beams with hanging, linen drops create a unique & sumptuous atmosphere.
Aroi is a casual dining Kilkenny restaurant that offers a single course dining experience and service with the minimum of fuss. Aroi (pronounced Aroy) is associated with the eating experience in Asia and means delicious or tasty.
This Kilkenny restaurant's ethos is to serve market fresh, locally sourced ingredients. This healthy cuisine avoids the obscure chemicals and additives so common in today's food. View our Kilkenny menu today
Billy Byrnes is one of Kilkenny’s most famous public houses located in the heart of this medieval city. This Kilkenny bar is a popular meeting place for locals young and old with a reputation for good beer, good food and a warm welcome. In this relaxed and informal environment visitors can enjoy a bit of local colour, some top quality live music, or just a quiet corner to read the paper.
Billy Byrnes main bar is a big, bright, welcoming space where guests can eat breakfast and lunch, check e-mail, or just meet friends and linger over coffee during the day. At night, the bar fills up with a mixture of locals and visitors, hipsters and sports stars. A wide selection of craft beers and spirits from Kilkenny and further afield is served. There is a dedicated live music room at the back of the bar not to mention a funky beer garden furnished with rescued sofas and home-made tables, like a beach bar in the middle of the city! There’s even an old double-decker bus, converted to a kitchen, serving tasty street food from around the world and a real wood-fired oven turning out fresh, authentic pizzas.
Situated above a renovated 19th Century townhouse bar and restaurant, popular with locals and visitors alike, Billy Byrnes is a comfortable family-run bed & breakfast just a five minute stroll from the heart of historic Kilkenny city. Visit Billy Byrne's today and experience what this great Kilkenny bar has to offer.
Brewery Corner is the first and finest Craft Beer Kilkenny Bar. Located on Parliment street, it houses a selection of over 100 craft beers on draught and in bottles and a wide range of international craft beers and whiskeys, and specially selected wines. Delicious stone-baked pizzas and mouth-watering stacked beef burgers are also on offer with Brewery Corner's contemporary bar menu. Brewery Corner also hosts some of the best live acts in the country on a regular basis in our music venue as well as garden parties and beer samplings.
Kilkenny's first patisserie located on the Medieval Mile in the shadow of St Canices Cathedral this Kilkenny cafe is the perfect resting point for coffee lovers and foodies alike. Cakeface Patisserie offers of handmade quirky and unusual cakes not to mention pastries and desserts that are works of art which would be hard to find in London or Paris
Locally produced artisan breads and sourdoughs are beautifully displayed and are available to take home but be quick they don't last long. For coffee enthusiate Cakeface offers a house coffee locally roasted in small batches for freshness plus a constantly changing guest coffee which they source from artisan producers.
Lunchtime at this Kilkenny cafe consists of gourmet, made to order sandwich filled with delicious local ingredients on sour dough and artisan breads. Homemade soups and salad are available seasonally and made on site.
The interior is in keeping with their desserts a little bit quirky and the atmosphere is relaxed. The staff are friendly and easy going and sure know how to make a great cup of coffee. Visit cakeface.ie
Situated in an area known as "the Village" is Christy’s Bar, a family run business. This Kilkenny bar offers customers the chance to enjoy the traditional Irish society along with all the trappings of modern technology. Located close to Kilkenny Castle and the National Design and Craft Gallery this is the perfect spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon while visiting Kilkenny. At Christy's Bar they provide for all major sporting and non sporting events, with a keen eye for horse racing. Christy’s Bar is the Kilkenny bar that boasts one of the largest Beer Gardens in the county complete barbeque facilities plus a customers car park.
This Kilkenny cafe's quaint and homely atmosphere is in keeping with the feeling of serenity that runs throughout the building. It is the perfect place to escape from everything and relax. Have a cup of tea and a chat or to enjoy the homemade soups, sandwiches, hot lunches or desserts. Also on the menu at this Kilkenny cafe is an assortment of desserts, such as freshly-made scones, muffins, chocolate biscuit cake served with cream to name but a few. It is also the perfect base to plan your tour of our beautiful city.
Located on the pedestrianised Kieran Street, within view of Kilkenny Castle, this family run Kilkenny cafe offers you the perfect place to relax and chill out over our mouthwatering coffees, savouries and delicious cakes.
Crotty's Coffee House is the love child of husband and wife duo Martin and Mary Crotty. Between them they share over 25 years in the hospitality industry, and are driven by their love and passion for delivering excellent customer service in a cup of coffee, accompanied by there love and respect from one another. Together they have created a haven that encompasses a stand out cafe. Their mission is to enrich the lives of those who enter the front door - whether it be for a quick coffee or a lengthy stay - with friendly genuine service and standout dishes.
Situated within walking distance from Kilkenny Castle and St. Canices Cathedral. Crottys Coffee House is situated on the oldest street in the County it has still retained many of the original features and exudes a traditional & friendly atmosphere. Crotty's Coffee House is a favourite with locals and residents alike, offering extensive menus boasting the very best in fresh local Irish produce and service. There is a strong support for all things local and this is very important for to everyone involved in the Crotty's Coffee house story. From the local musicians, staff uniforms and of course the quality produce used in the kitchen.
The Dylan is an old victorian style bar that specialises in fine whiskies. Our Whisky Library now contains nearly 200 of the worlds finest whiskies, 40 premium gins & is continually growing. With comfortable leather seating, private snugs, an open turf fire & walls adorned with whiskey mirrors, old advertising and Bob Dylan memorabilia; this bar provides a warm cosy atmosphere in which to chat with friends while enjoying your dram. If whiskey's not your thing, we also have a great selection of beers, wines cocktails and other choice spirits.
Ten Pin Bowling is a family activity that can be enjoyed by all ages from children as young as 3 years of age. At KBowl you can experience state of the art computerized scoring systems while relaxing on leather sofas enjoying a selection of refreshments. We now serve food. Why not have some pizza and chips with your bowling, kids meals and much more.
Always popular is the KZone area with air hockey and more. All lanes are fully accessible to wheelchair users and are fitted with side bumpers to ensure the best chance of a STRIKE every time!!
Don't forget we offer a 10% discount on 1 hour of bowling to visitors who show their hotel or b&b card/keycard/key
Kilkenny Golf Club 18 Hole Championship Parkland Course in Kilkenny. Playable all year round due to sand based greens. Close to city centre. Full catering facilities available.
The course, which is of championship standard, is set on 120 acres of parkland and measures 5,933 metres with a par of 71. The course is mostly flat terrain with an abundance of trees. Notable features are the difficult par threes, the long par four eleventh and the final four holes which have ruined many a fine card! See Gallery here.
A feature at the 10th tee is a “Fulacht Fiadh”, or ancient Irish kitchen. This type of structure dates back to the Bronze Age when these ancient cooking places were horse shoe shaped mounds made up of small pieces of stone and situated close to a water source or in marshy ground.
After a game visitors will find the clubhouse, like the city - very friendly where they can relax in a convivial atmosphere and partake of the Bar and full catering facilities available throughout the day.
This one of a kind ghost tour takes you through the medieval capital of Ireland. Kilkenny with its narrow cobbled lanes, remnants of its city walls and with its mystic charm, it should be no surprise that Kilkenny is bursting with tales of the paranormal. Its people have told stories for generations, handed down to become far more than hearsay. Kilkenny’s ghostly tales all have one very important thing in common they are all based around fact and arise from genuine historic tragedies.
Gaelic Games form part of the flavour of Kilkenny, from UPMC Nowlan Park in Kilkenny city to each of the 41 clubs, to be found in every parish in the county, from Clooneen in the north to Glenmore in the south.
The Kilkenny Senior Hurling team has, since the turn of the Millennium, been the most successful hurling team ever. This success has been founded upon our club games which are run throughout the spring, summer and autumn culminating in our local championship finals in UPMC Nowlan Park.
In recent years the Kilkenny Senior Camogie team has been one of the most successful teams in the country, with their success again based on the thriving camogie club competitions in Kilkenny.
While football is not as strong in Kilkenny as in some other counties, our footballers participate in national competitions at the appropriate level. Of recent years our underage club footballers have competed at national level while Kilkenny Ladies Football continues to develop.
Handball flourishes in Kilkenny with many National and international champions of renown representing Kilkenny. Handball Alleys are to be found throughout the the city and county and details of handball fixtures are to be found here.
Wherever you are in Kilkenny, City or County, you will find the true flavour of Kilkenny at our Gaelic Games.
Join us on a fun filled tour of Kilkenny's finest sights. Sit back, relax in comfort and let us bring you to many spectacular buildings and places that Kilkenny has to offer. Hear all about the sights on our fully narrated tour and sing along to many favourite traditional songs and music played onboard. With tight and demanding time schedules on your holiday this is the best way to get your bearings in a place that you haven't seen before.
Starting from Kilkenny Castle we will take you on a 30 minute tour through the streets of Kilkenny, along the way you'll see many historical sights including St. Canices Cathedral, St. Francis Abbey Brewery, The Old Court Houss and many, many more. Meander along the picturesque lanes and streets of Kilkenny and let us take you on a nostalgic journey reminiscent of the gone steam train. View route map here.
Kilkenny Cycling Tours offers you the opportunity to visit historical and cultural sites around Kilkenny including Kilkenny Castle, The Kilkenny Design Centre, Shee Alms House, The Tholsel, St. Mary’s Church, Rothe House & Gardens, The Courthouse (Grace’s Castle), St. Francis’ Abbey, The Black Abbey and St. Canice’s Cathedral.
Experience Irish hospitality while having an enjoyable easy-paced cycling around the medieval capital of Ireland with photo opportunities and historical information provided at each destination.
Come explore and enjoy some fun at the farm or stay in our campsite full of mod cons at the delightfully idyllic Nore Valley. Take time out and stroll around the energetic farm while the children play in an interactive and relaxed setting. Bottle feed lambs or goats and feed the ducks and turkeys as well as learning a great deal of knowledge about your Irish heritage of farming. Relax with a cup of tea and home baked scones, biscuits and plenty of other delicious treats while the boys rip up the tracks on our Go-Karting race course. With endless things to do at Nore Valley, there is something for the whole family.
The Playstation offers a fun, spacious, safe and clean children's entertainment play centre in Kilkenny. We have facilities for toddlers and children off all ages. Come and join us for plenty of fun - & coffee and treats for the adults!
The National Reptile Zoo
Hebron Business Park, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, R95 KF6V
The National Reptile Zoo is Ireland’s only dedicated reptile zoo! They give you the unique opportunity to come face to face with some of the world’s most amazing animals – including giant pythons, monitor lizards, snapping turtles, tortoise, alligators, tarantulas and more!
They pride themselves on providing a hands-on, interactive experience for every visitor through their hourly Animal Encounters and Tropical Walk-Through Dome, it’s an experience not to be missed!
For Fitness, for Leisure, for Family Fun - The Watershed is THE sports and leisure facility in Kilkenny and one of Ireland's finest.
Non-members are welcome to the enjoy the extensively equipped Pool and Fitness Gym facilities where you can take a dip in the 25m Fina Standard Swimming Pool and follow this with a visit to the Health Suite with Sauna, Steam Room and Jacuzzi. Or perhaps work out for fitness or pleasure in our Gym where an experienced staff member will be on hand to offer instruction and advice.
Young children will love the Toddler Fun Pool with aqua play features and The Watershed also run a popular Multi-Activity Camp programme specially developed for children of primary school age, throughout the school holiday periods - the ideal way to keep your children active and entertained while you take part in some local retail therapy or sightseeing.
With spacious rooms and a peaceful charm, this 4 star boutique Kilkenny hotel, is a welcoming place that excels at stylish comfort. The Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny City hotel offers a wide range of rooms all with air-conditioning and the modern conveniences that you expect from a team that puts your comfort first. It is surrounded by Kilkenny’s most famous landmarks including Kilkenny Castle, Butler House and the Kilkenny Design Centre. Additionally, fashionable and funky boutiques are nearby and the hotel is just a walking distance to the city’s pubs and clubs. Consequently it is the ideal location for your getaway.
This Kilkenny Hotel offers 74 quiet, spacious and air conditioned rooms to choose from allowing for a great night's sleep in Kilkenny city centre. Our hotel also has free private parking for all guests and free WiFi throughout; ideal for group holidays, events and corporate meetings. Enjoy a laid back style and hospitality, great selection of wines and cocktails in Statham's Bar and Restaurant. Whether you’re popping in for a coffee and a homemade scone, brunch after a lazy morning, catching up with friends over lunch or a casual evening dining, celebrating a special occasion with a private dinner or party, or just looking for a great night out, Statham’s has just the spot for you.
This Kilkenny Hotel comprises of 85 ensuite bedrooms, superb Leisure Club with Gym, 19m Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi and Hair Salon. The luxurious and spacious guest rooms offer every facility and comfort at the end of a long day of business or pleasure. Family-friendly rooms for clans of all sizes are available. To help keep the little ones entertained, the Springhill Court Hotel have a Children’s Playground and Lenny the Lions Kids Club which operates during the school holidays.
For over forty years, guests and locals alike have praised the refined dining experiences at the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny. Choose from daily carvery in the Paddock Bar, or casual dining at Kupp Coffee Dock. Enjoy lunch or dinner in Oscar’s Bistro, or perhaps afternoon tea, should guests be feeling indulgent! Whatever the occasion, the excellent service on offer makes it special.
From family holidays to fairy-tale weddings, book your stay today and find out why Springhill Court is amongst the most popular destinations in our stunning city.
The luxury, sophistication and style of Lyrath Estate are unsurpassed among Kilkenny hotels. Lyrath Estate is a multi-award winning hotel, spa and luxury wedding venue offering some of the finest accommodation, dining, and conference facilities in Ireland. Located amidst 170 acres of mature parkland, the Estate is home to a host of native wildlife including ducks, rabbits, hares, and squirrels. Lyrath Estate is a family-friendly hotel, boasting a leisure centre with a 17m swimming pool, 22 seater private screening room, outdoor playground and Reilly’s Fun Club. Guests can also avail of activities such as archery, falconry, cycling, walks and fishing throughout the Estate.
Escape and unwind with romantic breaks at Lyrath Estate – enjoy fine dining at our Two AA Rosette winning Yew Restaurant, rejuvenate with an Oasis Spa signature treatment, such as the award-winning Neroli Blossom Ritual, enjoy afternoon tea in The Atrium and catch up over cocktails in Tupper’s Bar! Try a tomahawk steak or lobster in the casual chic Grill & Bar.
The historic setting, exceptional facilities and exquisite food, mean Lyrath Estate is the ultimate wedding venue in Kilkenny. The award-winning Oasis spa voted 'Irish Tatler Hotel Spa of the year' is a popular destination for spa days & pamper breaks in Ireland not to mention among Kilkenny hotels. The Kilkenny Convention Centre, part of Lyrath Estate, is the largest convention/conference venue in Kilkenny, with state of the art facilities, natural daylight and ample free parking we can cater for up to 1500 delegates theatre style, or 850 for a gala dinner.
The Kilkenny River Court Hotel is a stylish 4 star Kilkenny hotel located right in the heart of this beautiful medieval city. It is located in a quiet secluded courtyard just off the main tourist area, yet only a stroll from all major attractions such as Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral. Each of the 102 guest rooms are stylishly decorated with splendid fine furnishings, crisp white linens and soft neutral tones, ensuring a restful night’s sleep every night. Most guest rooms overlook the River Nore with sensational views of Kilkenny Castle. FREE Wi-Fi is offered throughout this Kilkenny Hotel and complimentary car parking for hotel residents and patrons.
The four star Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel is certainly a dazzling jewel in this remarkable medieval city and is the only Kilkenny city centre hotel with pool and a full leisure club and spa, including a gym, 21metre pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Located right beside Kilkenny’s most popular tourist attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, and the Medieval Mile - St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower with spectacular views and the intriguing medieval merchant house Rothe House. Discover the city’s finest restaurants, cafes, theatres, shops and boutiques all on the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel’s doorstep.
Experience a hotel stay to remember with facilities to suit everyone from romantic spa weekends enjoying luxury treatments in the KOSpa to family breaks with the hotel’s kid club during school holidays. This 4 star Kilkenny Hotel is also the perfect choice for your celebration or corporate event with its tailored banqueting and conference facilities or simply as a hub to explore this fantastic city and its environs.
The Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel has 118 contemporary styled hotel guestrooms including family hotel rooms and suites. The Hoban Bar and Brasserie offers stylish hospitality and serves great drinks and relaxed food in glamorous surroundings and in addition the Savour Restaurant is the perfect spot for breakfast and private dining. With the numerous facilities and services this 4 star hotel offers it is the perfect choice for a visit to Kilkenny city. Visit KilkennyOrmonde.com and book your stay today!
The Flynn family have a renowned reputation for a warm welcome and true hospitality in this Kilkenny hotel. A relaxed atmosphere has been created and an outstanding experience for all guests. The stylish guest rooms offer unparalleled luxury not to mention astounding views over the luscious, green gardens. The view extends as far as the Urban Fen walk, with acres of peaceful parkland as far as the eye can see.
Also available are elegant banqueting suites, suitable for a large or intimate Kilkenny wedding and spacious conference facilities. The dedicated team at the Newpark Hotel will ensure all your needs are met whether you are staying for business or pleasure.
From life drawing to action-packed paintballing on canvas, Art it offers something to suit everyone. Children can join art and craft classes on weekends, art camps in summer, and they can take advantage of the popular “drop in “ service where parents can leave children in a safe, creative environment to get crafty for an hour or two, painting, decorating and decopatching paper macce' pieces, glassware, pottery, T-Shirts and jewellery, while parents tour Kilkenny or shop.
Art It is for all ages, so parents can have great fun here too spending family time together!
Kilkenny Footgolf newest combines two of the worlds most popular sports football and golf. It is similar to golf in layout with 18 individual holes and the aim is to get the ball into the hole in as few shots as possible. Footgolf holes are shorter than golf which means a more enjoyable experience while playing. An ideal sport for kids, families, friends, etc. At Pococke Golf Centre we are delighted to welcome everyone to enjoy sport while maintaining social distancing. You don’t need to bring anything other than yourself, we are happy to provide footballs but please bring your own if you wish to and you will get an additional discount.
We also offer a 18 hole Golf course which consists of 7 par 4s and 11 par 3s. A nice test of golf with some of the shortest holes the trickiest with bunkers and water around the greens. A nice and challenging course for all golfers. No membership is not required so please just ring to book. Golf clubs for rental available are also available.
Pococke Golf Centre is a located just on the edge of Kilkenny City and great location for everyone to have a great time while enjoying the outdoors whether playing Footgolf or Golf.
If you have any questions check out our website or want to book please ring us on 0567775644 or contact through email email@example.com.
We provide a unique sporting experience giving you an insight into the world's Oldest (3000 yrs) and fastest field game in the true Home Of Hurling Champions - Kilkenny. Join us for two Hours of Hurling fun in the Home of the Famous Kilkenny Cats.
Fanad House is a delightful guest house in Kilkenny City. A warm welcome awaits you at Fanad House Guest House, home of the Wallace Family, your home from home. We take pride in caring of our guests as though they were members of our own family. Tastefully decorated, Fanad Guest House overlooking Kilkenny Castle Park is ideally located within 5 minutes walk of the city centre.Fanad House has eight guestrooms. Designed to provide maximum comfort, each has a bath and a shower. All rooms have multi-channel T.V., hairdryer and direct dial phone. We also have one room suitable for the disabled.
Enjoy the creature comforts of home in an elegant 4 star Guest House accommodation in Kilkenny City, with Rosquil House. Our Kilkenny Guest House is located just a short walk from the centre of Kilkenny city and offers the ambience of a hotel with the best of Irish hospitality. With 7 luxury en suite bedrooms and a cosy guest lounge to enjoy a glass of wine - the real treat is its award-winning breakfast: a real culinary treat.
San Antonio Guest House is situated in Kilkenny City and offers comfortable 2 star accommodation. Our Kilkenny guest house is a purpose built family run guest house in Kilkenny City opposite the Newpark Hotel. Convenient to Golf, Swimming, Horse riding and ideally situated for Touring the Southeast. The rooms at the San Antonio Bed and Breakfast are designed for luxury. Double and triple rooms are available. All rooms are en-suite. Each room comes equipped with television, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities.
Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel offers guests a winning combination of comfort, location, value & style. This 4*Kilkenny hotel is a one off, a wonderful building where guests can feel relaxed and welcome. It is situated a short distance from popular Kilkenny attractions such as Kilkenny Castle & St Canice's Cathedral. Located in the heart of Kilkenny, a city bursting with life, all popular restaurants, shops and museums are within walking distance. With cobbled medieval streets and laneways of Kilkenny just around the corner from this boutique 4-star Kilkenny hotel there is plenty to see and do for visiting guests.
Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel has earned the reputation of offering a uniquely designed property with the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional. From the strikingly historical exterior to the warm Irish welcome waiting inside, the emphasis throughout is on comfort, style & great service. Most importantly the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel takes pride in the history and character of this Kilkenny Hotel and have beautifully restored it to the highest standards. All 47 guest bedrooms have had a complete makeover providing luxurious, chic Kilkenny accommodation for all visiting. In addition, Harper’s restaurant & cocktail bar serves contemporary food in a chic and urban setting. The beautifully designed rooms, superb location and mouth watering food make us one of the best Kilkenny hotels in Kilkenny City.
This modern, chic hotel is Kilkenny’s largest 4* hotel and is decorated with Italian marble, French wallpaper and custom pieces of furniture throughout. Hotel Kilkenny will ensure you feel immersed in style and ready to relax. This 138 bedroom hotel is located just off the Ring Road with plenty of free car parking available & fast speed wifi throughout the hotel.
Relax in the 5* Leisure Centre with a 20 metre pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room. The amazing kids club is available on weekends and throughout school holidays. Kids can enjoy fun filled activities, while adults dine in either Taste Restaurant or the funky Pure Bar.
The Pure Bar at Hotel Kilkenny offers an extensive drinks, wine and cocktail list including some specialist drinks carefully assembled by the Pure team. The food menu has been crafted to offer a great variety of dishes to suit all needs.
Renowned for weddings & the impeccable service, Hotel Kilkenny also offers a vast range of conference and meeting space. Whether its a private party, large conference or small meeting room, we cater for all events.
This 3* Kilkenny hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the vibrant bright lights of the city. The Kilford Arms Hotel is situated adjacent to all the major tourist attractions such as Kilkenny Castle & St. Canice's Cathedral. Additionally it is just meters from the main bus and railway station and the new McDonagh shopping centre. This very comfortable family run hotel offers a personal service and a great range of facilities.
The Kilford Arms Hotel has built a reputation on providing comfortable Kilkenny City accommodation. This includes 70 bedrooms equipped to the highest standards. The hotel offers guests free Wi-Fi in all bedrooms and public spaces. In addition free on site private car parking is available. The White Oak Restaurant serves fresh local produce in comfortable surroundings not to mention a warm and traditional atmosphere. PV's traditional bar has entertainment nightly, with food served daily. O'Faolain's Bar is Kilkenny's most vibrant bar and has three levels of stunning architecture incorporating the ruins of a 16th century church. This charming hotel also offers several options for hosting meetings and conferences in Kilkenny city.
When looking for accommodation in Kilkenny look no further than the Kilford Arms Hotel. Whether its business of pleasure, make the Kilford Arms Hotel your home away from home. Visit www.kilfordarms.ie and book your stay today!
Langton House Hotel in Kilkenny City is renowned particularly for its impeccable customer service, good wholesome cuisine and genuine welcome. This Kilkenny hotel is designed to a modern and stylish four-star standard. It is considered in fact, one of the jewels in Kilkenny'sMedieval City. The hotel is centrally located on the bustling John Street at the heart of Kilkenny City. It is an easy stroll to the High Street and surrounding shopping and tourist attractions such as Kilkenny Castle & St. Canice's Cathedral and Tower. Langton House Hotel is home to award winning bars specifically known for introducing show stopping performances and gigs. In fact, it is known for Kilkenny's most trendy, modern and dynamic nightclub where you can dance the night away and most importantly catch your beauty sleep all under the same roof.
Langton House Hotel have designed the accommodation to give guests a relaxed yet memorable stay. The 34 bedrooms range in size from the intimate main house to the larger townhouse suites. All are luxuriously appointed with bespoke furniture, large and sublimely comfortable beds. The Bar, Restaurant and Tearoom offer dining throughout the day serving Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Early Bird and Dinner. Langton’s executive chef has carefully designed considered seasonal menus for the many dining areas throughout the hotel. Weekly Entertainment includes Late Bar, Nightclub, Traditional Irish Music, Comedy, Theatre and Djs. As a proud member of the Kilkenny Whiskey Guild, the bars offer bespoke cocktail menus and consequently stock over 90 Irish whiskies. This Kilkenny hotel's facilities include free wifi, car park, air conditioning, penthouse and suites.
Langton House Hotel has a very unique charm and consequently is the ideal choice for your holiday stay, dining experience, meeting or event. Book today and visit www.langtons.ie.
Kenmur is a warm welcoming family run bed and breakfast in Kilkenny City, comprising of spacious bedrooms. Our Kilkenny B&B is situated in a perfect central location for exploring the narrow streets of the Medieval City of Kilkenny. Just a short walk to Kilkenny's main attractions: Kilkenny Castle, Rothe House, Black Abbey and St. Canices Cathedral and Round Tower.
Welcome to Newlands Lodge B&B Kilkenny City. Mairead & Jimmy offer luxury Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Kilkenny City, with a choice of superior double and family rooms with king and queen size beds. Our Kilkenny City B&B comprises rooms with en-suite facilities, guest lounge to relax with complimentary tea and coffee available, private parking, landscaped gardens, free wi-fi and internet services.
Full Irish breakfast included in rates, and light refreshments available at all times. Newlands Lodge B&B is situated in beautiful countryside, just 4 miles from the magnificent Kilkenny Castle and the 13th century St Canice's Cathedral. Newlands Lodge is ideally located to tour the surrounding counties of Waterford, Tipperary, and Wexford, all less than 1 hours drive. Dublin is connected to Kilkenny by motorway and the drive is 90 minutes.
Twin Oaks Bed and Breakfast Kilkenny is situated in a quiet country setting, yet only 5 minutes by car from the small historic city of Kilkenny. Travel south on the R697, or Kells Rd, our Kilkenny B&B is approx 4 kilometres from Kilkenny city centre. Look for the sign with Twin Oaks written on it at the second set of crossroads.
Bed and Breakfast accommodation at Twin Oaks includes a triple, or family room en-suite, a double room en-suite, and a double standard room with it`s own private bathroom. Relax in the evening after your travels in our comfortable guest lounge, where TV is available.
Every morning, in the spacious dining room guests can choose the breakfast option from the varied menu including home-made bread and jams. Options for vegans and vegetarians can also be accommodated upon request. Evening dinner can be booked in advance, or if booked prior to 5 pm at the latest, on the day of arrival. Numbers are restricted however so please let them know in advance.
This quality TAA (Tourism Approval Authority) approved Bed and Breakfast is in an excellent location at the heart of Kilkenny City and within walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and all local amenities. The B&B was built in 1998 and offers private secure parking for guests. The B&B is just a four minute walk from the bus and train station and is an excellent touring base for Kilkenny and surrounding areas. All rooms are comfortable, spacious and have Ensuite facilities, TV, Tea/Coffee etc.
Hibernian guest house incorporates the best of both worlds when it comes to the luxury of a hotel and the home away from home, relaxed and personable feel of a guest house. With a limited amount of rooms available, you can be sure that one of our friendly members of staff will be at hand at any point during your stay to meet any need you may have. With a small number of guests under the one roof it is a much more personal experience than that of a hotel filled with hundreds of guests. Making friends during your stay is not uncommon. Queuing for check-in or breakfast will never be an issue, with fewer rooms and fewer guests it provides a peaceful, relaxing environment and gives you more time to enjoy your break in Kilkenny City.
Another benefit of our guesthouse is the cost compared to that of a hotel. Guesthouses in general are much more reasonably priced and the same goes for Hibernian House with B&B from as little as €58 per night.
The rooms in our charming, quaint guesthouse are styled in rich tones and each features a television and coffee making facilities. We supply Free WIFI which is available throughout the guesthouse
Butler House and Garden is the charming Dower House of Kilkenny Castle since 1786. This unique four-star guest house in Kilkenny brings history, charm, romance and a warm welcome to all who visit. Sleep, dine or celebrate those milestones in life in timeless and unique surroundings.
The superb location of Butler House offers visitors the very best of Kilkenny City. Through the front door, you will find Patrick Street, a two-minute walk to the centre. Through the back door, you will find the internationally renowned Butler House Walled Garden. This charming Georgian Garden was restored to its former glory in 1999, and boasts its own private entrance to the Castle yard and the iconic Kilkenny Castle.
Butler House and Garden is also a member of Ireland's Blue Book, a prestigious collection of Ireland's most charming and stylish hideaways.