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Kilkenny is small but beautifully formed, and manages to pack in all that any tourist to Ireland could possibly want. It has a castle, shops, restaurants, lots of traditional pubs (sixty at last count) and plenty of places to stay. It is also located in the ‘sunny’ south east of Ireland, just 75 miles from Dublin, so it’s easy to get there too. No wonder Kilkenny is so popular – coaches line the Parade all year long.

The city has a medieval past as illustrated in the majestic cathedral, St Cannice’s, which is the second largest medieval cathedral in the country. Great views of Kilkenny can be gotten from its RoundTowers. The ancient city status of Kilkenny dates back to 1609 due to a royal charter, and the townspeople – sorry - city residents do not take kindly to anyone calling it a ‘town’. Kilkenny Castle and the cathedral sit at opposite ends of the Parade, which has the highest concentration of medieval churches in the country.

Kilkenny is famous for its hurling – not that type of hurling – but the sport played with a wooden stick. Nowlan Park Stadium hosts the Kilkenny Cats’ games –the best hurlers in the country.


10. Kilkenny Design Centre is housed in the former castle stables and sells jewellery and Celtic gifts galore.

5. St John’s Priory is an absolute ruin. Founded in 1200 and trashed by Cromwell.

9. St Francis Abbey Brewery is Ireland’s oldest brewery, founded way back in 1221.

4. The Watergate Theatre has long intermissions to allow time for a quick pint in next door’s pub.

8. 300 year old Tyan’s Bridge House apparently only looks as though it might fall down any minute. Worth braving it because it’s the best traditional pub in Kilkenny.

3. Kilkenny Castle Parkland is 20 hectares of green space to the southeast of Kilkenny castle. Head for the rose garden or play area, or both.

7. Rothe House on Parliament Street is a 16th Century merchant’s house fronting Kilkenny’s History Museum.

2. St Mary’s Cathedral (told you there were a lot of churches) was started in 1843.

6. Killkenny College boasts some impressive alumni including Jonathan Swift and George Berkely.

1. The Black Abbey was founded in 1225. Henry VIII who didn’t like monasteries (only what was inside them) destroyed most of it.


The Kilkenny Music Festival takes place in January/February at the Watergate Theatre. Live music, acts and activities abound.

St Patrick’s Day, March 17th takes place wherever there are Irish people, and Kilkenny is no exception. Don’t expect to get to bed early.

Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in early June is a feast of comedy as well as football events. The fun takes place over five days with around 50 comedians trying their best to amuse.

The Kilkenny Arts Festival is one not to miss during August. It’s been running for nearly 40 years, and brings 10 days of artistic entertainment to the city.

Savour Kilkenny is another one to put in the diary. The October Bank Holiday weekend sees Ireland’s biggest celebration of Irish food, against the backdrop of Kilkenny castle.

International Gospel Choir Festival Kilkenny takes place in May in the city centre and comes highly recommended.

The ‘Town of Books’ Festival is one for you bookworms. Whether you are after a first edition or a signed copy, turn up at the Cistertian Abbey in September.

Kilkenny Celtic Festival Irish dancing, music, theatre and language in September through to October each year.

Kilkenny Racing Festival The Irish sure love the ‘gee gees’, and this National Hunt two day event takes place at the beginning of October. A real treat for lovers of equestrian pursuits.

The Irish Conker Championships Conkers should need no introduction for those of you born before this noble game was banned from schools on the basis of health and safety. Here’s your chance to watch it played the way it should be.


· Kilkenny lies in the heart of what is known as the ‘Sunny South East’, an Irish area renowned for its extremes of temperature.

· The highest ever recorded temperature was 33.3 °C Summer averages are more likely to be around 23 °C however; with winter temperatures not much lower than 8 °C. Zero temps are by no means unheard of, with snow at times.

· Rainy weather is ever present, with 2009 being the wettest on record. However having a sheltered location means Kilkenny at least doesn’t suffer the driving winds that many other locations in Ireland endure.


· Driving to Kilkenny from Dublin is straightforward – the M7, then the M9 then the N10 for the last ten miles into Kilkenny. Bus Eireann runs a service from Dublin which terminates at John St, next to the train station.

· Five trains a day leave Kilkenny for Dublin, a journey which takes one and three quarter hours and costs 22 Euros (currently). Trains also connect to Waterford.

· Kilkenny does have an airfield but those of you wishing to come by plane will have to fly yourself. The only other option is to fly to Dublin or Waterford International airports which are connected to Kilkenny via public transport.

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Kilkenny: Celtic Jewel of South Ireland

City Break To Dublin

General Information

With a surfeit of intact medieval landmarks to explore, the city of Kilkenny, Ireland, is a marvelous tourist destination. With less than 30,000 people however, Kilkenny is more a county town than a city per se and as such, has a lot of charm. Set within a wide valley on the shore of the River Nore in southeast Ireland, the town has one of the most beautiful natural environs in the country.

Grand Kilkenny Castle is the predominant point of interest visitors flock to first. The indelible symbol of Kilkenny was built in the late 12th century and remains one of the best examples of medieval architecture in all of Ireland. Another such masterpiece is St. Canice's Cathedral, also known as Kilkenny Cathedral. Built on the site of a 6th century church, the present-day landmark dates back to the 13th century. Other points of interest in historic Kilkenny include St. Mary's Cathedral, Rothe House and the Watergate Theatre.


  • Kilkenny Castle
  • St. Canice's Cathedral
  • St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Rothe House
  • Kells Priory


  • Kilkenny Arts Festival
  • Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
  • The Source at Nolan Park
  • Rhythm & Roots Festival
  • Watergate Theatre


  • Edward Langton's
  • Fleva
  • Zuni
  • Marble City Bar
  • Campagne


  • Anna Conda
  • Kieran Bollard
  • Egan's
  • Parade Bar
  • The Black Abbot


Kilkenny has a maritime climate, with mild weather throughout the year.

  • Winter (December to February) 1-8°C
  • Spring (March to May) 2-15°C
  • Summer (June to September) 8-20°C
  • Fall (October to November) 3-14°C

Hotels in Kilkenny

Recommended hotels

1 Kilford Arms Hotel Kilkenny

3 stars
5.0 / 5

John Street Map

The Kilford Arms Hotel Kilkenny enjoys an enviable location, just steps from bus and train stations, right in the city centre. Guests are a short stroll from historic Kilkenny's many pubs... More

2 Springhill Court Hotel

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

Waterford Road Map

The Springhill Court Hotel is one of Kilkenny's most popular hotels. It features a luxury spa, leisure centre and a kid's club during the school holidays. The bedrooms are comfortably furnished.... More

3 Hotel Kilkenny

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

College Road Map

Business and leisure travellers looking for tasteful accommodations for a laid-back stay in the Sunny South East find ideal retreat in the elegant Kilkenny Hotel. While in Kilkenny, tourists can... More

Nice hotel
A lovely hotel. Staff are very helpful and friendly
29 Jul 2015

4 Club House Hotel Kilkenny

2 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Patrick Street Map

The family run Club House Hotel Kilkenny can be found right at the centre of this charming medieval city close to its many attractions. The 18th century property is situated on quiet side street,... More

A bit different
Stayed one night here. We chose it because it looked more interesting than the usual chain hotels. The original building is old and full of character. The overall feel is slightly shabby but...
31 May 2015

5 Glendine Inn

2 stars
Not yet reviewed

Castlecomer Road Map

Offering a warm welcome, the Glendine Inn is a perfect venue for a pleasant as well as an unforgettable holiday. GeneralAt leisure, you can explore the city attraction or take part in various... More

6 The River Lee Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 11 reviews

Western Road Map

Advance Purchase

The River Lee Hotel Cork makes for an ideal base for discovering the many charms of Cork with its deluxe accommodations, picturesque location and friendly attentive service. Guests at the chic... More

No water
It is a beautiful hotel in a great location. However on the day of check out there was no water in our room to shower, wash our teeth or use the toilet before we checked out. We didn't ring front...
23 Dec 2014

7 BEST WESTERN PLUS Academy Plaza Hotel

3 stars
4.7 / 5 59 reviews

Findlater Place Map

Save 15% on a one night stay

BEST WESTERN PLUS Academy Plaza Hotel Dublin is the only to achieve its prestigious 4-star status. Known for exceptional service, the redesigned hotel is close to famed sights like St. Stephens... More

This was a great place to stay
Everything about this hotel is top notch apart from the small bathroom. The staff could not be faulted in any way. A superb establishment.
13 Mar 2015

8 The Gibson Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 8 reviews

Point Village Map

The Gibson Hotel Dublin is located right in the heart of the bustling centre of Dublin. The recently built property is within close proximity to all major attractions and is especially convenient... More

Fantastic Hotel, Staff so helpful and pleasant
The Luas is outside the door of the hotel, which brings you into the city in ten minutes. The 3 Arena is also at it's doorstep if you fancy going to a concert
16 Jul 2015

9 Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge formerly Bewleys Ballsbridge

4 stars
4.6 / 5 22 reviews

Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 Map

FREE WiFi Access

Whether in Ballsbridge for a business trip or a vacation, travellers find an ideal base in the comfortable, well-equipped and conveniently located spaces of Bewleys Hotel Ballsbridge. While in this... More

Lovely hotel
This is a lovely hotel. Our room on the ground floor was comfortable for two adults and two teenagers to relax before bedtime. The rooms appear to be recently decorated. The flat screen tv had 45...
29 Jul 2015

10 Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport formerly Bewleys Dublin Airport

3 stars
4.4 / 5 74 reviews

Baskin Lane Map

FREE WiFi Access

Treat yourself to a new standard of excellence at the Bewleys Hotel Dublin Airport that offers an array of amenities and unmatched services to please your stay. GeneralBewleys Hotel Dublin Airport... More

Not bad for a short stay
Comfortable and very well located. We will return for another stay when we are back in the country.
27 Jul 2015
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