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Things You Need To Know Before Travelling to Kilkenny

Kilkenny offers some of the best experiences Ireland has to offer and, with that in mind to help you make the most of your time, here are some things that you should know before travelling.

It's so easy to get here...

There are buses and trains going to and from Kilkenny multiple times per day, which means a rental car isn’t essential for getting here.

Kilkenny City is one of Ireland’s most compact places and, when you’re exploring the city, most of the attractions can be reached on foot. Bicycles are also available for rent from Kilkenny Cycling Tours.

Click here to find out how to get to Kilkenny.

Getting here is easy. Leaving, not so much.

― Every visitor to Kilkenny, ever.

A whole new world outside the city

That being said, there is so much to see and do outside of the city – from Medieval Monuments in the historic village of Kells to distillery tours in Ballykeefe Distillery, the birthplace of Irish whiskey. A car is somewhat of an essential for exploring the county but this is no problem as both Europcar and Enterprise Rent-A-Car have bases in Kilkenny City.

Warm welcomes

Kilkenny is known world wide as one of Ireland’s friendliest cities. Visitors should really embrace the spirit of the city and do as the locals do! A warm welcome always awaits any new face – whether it’s a coffee on Kieran Street in the morning or a pint and some traditional ceol agus craic in Fred Malzard‘s pub.

It's a weekend every day

Kilkenny is known as Ireland’s festival capital and this is not without merit. No matter what time of year it is, from Yulefest in December to the internationally acclaimed Arts Festival in August, there is always a lively atmosphere about the city and county. Visiting here on a weekend is not an essential if it’s the buzz you are seeking because there is always plenty happening mid-week.

You can see what’s coming up across the city and the county here.