Places Of Interest
Here are just some of the many interesting and
enjoyable places that you can visit during your stay with us:
Ireland's Medieval Mile
Part of Ireland's Ancient East, the Medieval Mile showcases the city's rich medieval heritage through it's narrow streetscapes; it's historical buildings and landmarks. The Medieval Mile includes the top tourist attractions in Kilkenny city including Kilkenny Castle, Rothe House, St. Canice's Cathedral, the Medieval Museum (see below) and many more.
Medieval Mile Website
Medieval Mile Museum
Set in the 13th century St Mary’s church and graveyard the museum tells the stories of Kilkenny’s powerful patrons and inspired creators through the monuments and artefacts they left behind. 800 years of Irish history is there to be discovered.
Medieval Mile Museum Website
The main attraction in Kilkenny city is our beautiful Kilkenny Castle, a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parkland and was the principle seat of the Butler family
Also of interest in the city and county might be....
St Canices Cathedral
Rothe House and Garden
Castlecomer Discovery Park
Visitors can explore the beautiful walks and woodlands and an extraordinary “footprints in coal” exhibition. A very popular attraction with families. The Discovery Park now has Ireland's longest over-water zipline along with the Octagon High Ropes Course, a Junior Woodland Adventure Course and Boating on the lake. Check out their website for all the attractions.
Dunbrody Famine Ship
Located alongside the New Ross docks the Dunbrody Famine ship is a full scale replica of the original ship which transported emigrants to North Americia. You can go on board and meet "real" people who travelled on the ship and even search for your distant relatives using the onboard database.
The Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre (pictured below) is a must see for any visitor to Ireland. An impressive and iconic brand, Waterford Crystal, remains today at the cutting edge of high quality crystal manufacture. Pay a visit and you will get to see all aspects of the creation process such as the the Mould Room, the Blowing department and the quality inspection area as well as the retail store with its beautiful crystal displays.
Festivals in Kilkenny
Kilkenny has many world renowned festivals throughout the year and listed below are only a flavour of what is on offer. See here for a full listing of what's on and when.
Kilkenny Roots Festival
Run over the May bank holiday weekend the roots festival features a mixture of Irish and International acts providing free pub gigs with styles ranging from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk, blues and more. See here for more details of this year's lineup.
Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
This internationally acclaimed comedy festival packs Kilkenny on the June bank holiday every year and always contains a list of names you'll know and love and also a few new ones to try out. See here for this year's line up and to book.
Kilkenny Arts Festival
For over 40 years this festival has brough theatre, dance, classical music, literature, visual art, craft and more to the city of Kilkenny. The festival takes place for 10 days during August and details of the upcoming programme can be found here
Savour Kilkenny - Festival of Food
This festival has been going for over a decade and gets more popular each year. It's a foodie haven with heaps of delicious tempting food stalls, celebrity Chef cooking demo’s, talks, workshops, competitions and unique dinning events. See what happened at last year's festival and find out what's coming here.