Kilkenny, Leinster
Kilkenny, Leinster
Birr Castle Gardens
River Shannon
This small town is the former capital of Ireland. Friendly, quaint and full of interesting history
Did you know? The Irish name for Kilkenny is Cill Chainnigh meaning the Church of Canice
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Rothe HouseKilkenny City

Situated on the banks of the River Nore, Kilkenny city is Ireland's most historic and compact medieval city. Dominated by an 800-year-old Norman castle, Kilkenny is a compact city with narrow and winding streets full of historic buildings, restaurants, pubs and bars. Kilkenny is also sometimes called the ‘marble city’ because of its distinctive indigenous jet black marble, which resembles a slate-coloured marble.

Kilkennt castleActivities in Kilkenny

One of the most famous buildings in Ireland, Kilkenny Castle has been an important site since the first castle was constructed in the 12th century. It is very well preserved and three of this castle's original four towers survive today.

St Canice’s Cathedral
was completed in 1285 and it is a great example of the magnificence of the medieval masons’ art. The Round Tower (only open in summer season) is one of the only two round towers in the country that people may climb. On a clear day, it offers a breathtaking 360 degree view of Kilkenny and the surrounding countryside from its summit and the surrounding area.
Rothe House
is a brilliant example of a middle-class house from the Tudor period, built for his new bride by merchant Prince John Rothe in the early 17th century. The House is open to the public as a museum, displaying some of the 2,500 historic artefacts related to Kilkenny heritage throughout the ages and some date from pre-historic times. The Rothe Garden has been open since 2008, and is a reconstruction of an early 17th ┬ácentury urban garden, and has become a very popular garden to visit in Ireland.

The Smithwick’s Brewery Tour is a guided tour offering the opportunity to explore the famous brewery and see the making of its great beer.

A visit of Kilkenny is not complete without seeing the Black Abbey, a Dominican Church founded in 1225. This church has been restored to its original splendour with a spectacular stained glass window. In addition to the church, there were many other buildings where the priests and lay brothers lived and worked.

What's nearby to Kilkenny?

Just a 15-minute drive from Kilkenny is the National Monument of Dunmore Cave, steeped in history, geology and archeology. It comprises chambers formed over millions of years and contains some of the finest calcite formations found in Ireland.

KellsNear the small and picturesque village of Kells is Kells Augustinian Priory, one of the largest and most magnificent medieval historic monuments in Ireland. The Priory looks very much like a fortress because of its medieval tower houses along and within the walls covering more than 3 acres which gave Kells Augustinian Priory the local name of “Seven Castles”.

Jerpoint Abbey is an impressive Cistercian abbey founded in the 12th century which kept its Romanesque details from this period. The ruins are just splendid, and well preserved, the Visitor Centre houses an interesting exhibition and a guided tour is not to be missed!
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