Ireland's Medieval Mile in Kilkenny

Go back in time to Ireland's Medieval Mile

The Medieval Mile is a discovery trail running through the centre of Kilkenny city linking the 13th-century St Canice’s Cathedral and the Anglo-Norman castle with much more in between.

The Medieval Mile isn’t just focused on ancient history. Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s most cosmopolitan cities, with many blooming festivals, eateries and creative people resulting in an electric atmosphere.

The Medieval Mile Pass is the best value way to see all attractions of the Medieval Mile.

Along with free admission to attractions, the pass gives discounts in various cafes and restaurants along the mile, a free map of the Medieval mile and it is a great keepsake too!

The Medieval Mile Pass can be purchased online at, the Kilkenny Chamber office,   Kilkenny Tourist Office, most attraction ticket desks, participating hotels in Kilkenny and the Customer Service Desk in MacDonagh Junction, Kilkenny.

The Medieval Mile Pass includes free admission to Kilkenny Castle, Medieval Mile Museum, Rothe House, Smithwick’s Experience, St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower, Kilkenny Cycling Treasure Hunt, Kilkenny Road Train Tours, Kilkenny Famine Experience, Shenanigans Variety Tours, Kilkenny City Tours Train and Kilkenny Ghost Tour.

Ireland's Medieval Mile in Kilkenny Inspiration

Medieval Mile Museum

2 St Mary’s Lane, High Street, Kilkenny

Tel: 0567817022

[email protected]

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

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

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

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

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