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Kilkenny welcomes travellers with its rich heritage, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant atmosphere. Stepping into this enchanting city feels like entering a storybook, where medieval streets intertwine with modern delights. Kilkenny Castle stands tall among its many treasures as a testament to its historical significance. At the same time, the city offers many captivating sites waiting to be discovered. Let’s get to it and answer all of your questions!

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Kilkenny Castle: A Majestic Icon

This is the city’s crown jewel, a magnificent structure steeped in history and grandeur. As you approach its towering walls and manicured gardens, you’re greeted by an awe-inspiring sight that transports you back in time.

Stepping through the castle’s doors feels like traversing centuries. Immerse yourself in the opulent rooms adorned with intricate tapestries, elegant furnishings, and captivating artworks. The castle’s interior provides a glimpse into the lives of the nobility, offering a fascinating insight into Ireland’s aristocratic past.

Take a stroll through the lush parklands surrounding the castle. The sprawling gardens, with their vibrant flora and serene pathways, provide a peaceful escape from the busy streets and offer panoramic views of this architectural marvel.

 

Where is Kilkenny Castle?

It is in the heart of the City, overlooking the River Nore. Click here to see the exact location.

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All You Need To Know About Kilkenny:

Is Kilkenny Worth Visiting?

Absolutely! With a rich history, cultural heritage, picturesque landscapes, and welcoming atmosphere make it a delightful destination worth visiting. Here are some of the top experiences.

Where is Kilkenny in Ireland?

Nestled in the heart of Ireland in the region termed “Ireland’s Ancient East’. It is 1 hour and 25minutes from Dublin Airport.

What is Kilkenny, Ireland, Known For?

It’s known for its historical landmarks, medieval architecture, Kilkenny Castle, vibrant arts scene, traditional crafts, and its strong association with Irish heritage.

How Many Days in Kilkenny?

Spending at least two to three days allows for exploring the major attractions, enjoying local experiences, and soaking in the city’s ambience. However, the duration of your stay depends on personal preferences and the depth of exploration desired. It is ideal for the medievel lovers but for those of you who love nature Killarney National Park will be your next stop and our top recommendation.

Why is Kilkenny Called the Marble City?

It earned the nickname “Marble City” due to the black marble quarries that were once prominent in the area.

What Does Kilkenny Mean?

It is derived from the Gaelic “Cill Chainnigh,” meaning “Church of St. Canice.”

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Top Things to See & Do:

Beyond the allure of Kilkenny Castle, the city unfolds a tapestry of attractions that cater to every visitor’s interest:

1. St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower: Marvel at the ancient beauty of this medieval cathedral and ascend the tower for breathtaking panoramic views.

2. Smithwick’s Experience: Delve into the history of Ireland’s oldest beer brand and savour a guided tour that brings to life the story of Smithwick’s brewing legacy.

3. Medieval Mile Museum: Embark on a journey through Kilkenny’s medieval past at this museum, home to a wealth of artefacts and exhibits that chronicle the city’s history.

4. Rothe House and Garden: Explore this fascinating 17th-century merchant’s townhouse and its beautifully restored gardens, providing a glimpse into Kilkenny’s past.

5. Design Centre: Discover a treasure trove of Irish crafts, from traditional handcrafted goods to contemporary art, perfect for finding unique souvenirs.

6. Arts Festival: If timing allows, immerse yourself in this annual celebration of arts and culture, featuring a diverse range of performances, exhibitions, and events.

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Where To Stay?

 Our 5* Pick – Mount Juliet

Our 4* Pick – Abbey House

Our 3* Pick – Zuni Boutique Hotel

Our Budget Pick – Fanad House

Where To Eat & Drink? 

To Eat: Italian Connection

To Drink: Matt The Millers

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Kilkenny 2 Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Exploring Historical Treasures

Morning:

– 9:00 AM: Arrive
– Check into your accommodation and grab breakfast on the Medieval Mile.

– 10:00 AM: Kilkenny Castle
– Start your day with visiting the Castle. Explore the interior rooms, learn about its history, and stroll through the beautiful castle gardens.

Noon:

– 12:30 PM: Lunch
– Head to a nearby eatery or pub for a traditional Irish lunch. Try local favourites like Irish stew or fish and chips.

Afternoon:

– 2:00 PM: Medieval Mile
– Walk along the Medieval Mile, exploring landmarks like St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Medieval Mile Museum.

– 4:00 PM: Smithwick’s Experience
– Learn about the brewing history with a tour at Smithwick’s Experience. Discover the process of making one of Ireland’s oldest beers.

Evening:

– 6:00 PM: Rothe House and Garden
– Explore Rothe House and Garden, a fascinating 17th-century merchant’s townhouse offering insights into the past.

– 8:00 PM: Dinner and Evening Stroll
– Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Take an evening stroll through the city streets, soaking in the charming atmosphere.

Day 2: Cultural Immersion and Leisure

Morning:

– 9:30 AM: Breakfast
– Start your day with a delicious breakfast at a cafe or bakery.

– 10:30 AM: Design Centre
– Explore the Design Centre and shop for unique Irish crafts and artisanal products.

Noon:

– 12:30 PM: Visit Dunmore Cave
– If time allows and you’re interested in a short excursion, visit Dunmore Cave, a fascinating limestone cave complex.

– 2:30 PM: Lunch and Leisure
– Return for lunch at a local spot. Spend the afternoon leisurely exploring independent shops and galleries or taking a relaxing break in a local park.

Evening:

– 4:30 PM: Kyteler’s Inn
– Head to Kyteler’s Inn, one of Ireland’s oldest inns, for a taste of history, a great atmosphere, and perhaps a refreshing beverage.

– 6:00 PM: Explore Local Culture
– Attend a local event or live music performance, or mingle with locals at a pub, embracing the local vibrant culture.

– 8:00 PM: Farewell Dinner
– Enjoy a farewell dinner at a recommended restaurant, savouring the last flavours before your departure.

Of course, adjustments can be made based on your interests and the opening hours of attractions.

I truly hope you have found this guide useful! We loved our time in this city and I’m sure you will too 🙂 Happy travels!