Kilkenny


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Kilkenny : activities and sites to visit

Kilkenny Castle

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A castle located in the centre of Kilkenny. Rather large it is in perfect condition!

Dunmore Cave

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How about a little caving? Discover the geological history of the region by visiting its cave!

Smithwick’s Experience

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An establishment entirely dedicated to Smithwick's beer in Kilkenny. The landmark for red beer lovers!

Butler House

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The Butler House is a sumptuous Georgian mansion in Kilkenny. Now converted into a bed and breakfast, it opens...

Kilkenny Design Centre

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If you like local crafts, then don’t miss the Kilkenny Design Centre. Located near Kilkenny Castle, it offers you...

Kilkenny Way

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The Kilkenny Way is undoubtedly one of the main attractions of the city of Kilkenny! It offers you the...

Black Abbey

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A very beautiful abbey still in operation in Cork.

La St Francis Abbey Brewery

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Remains recovered by the Irish brewery Smithwick's, which built its beer production premises on the same land!

Saint Canice Cathedral

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St. Canice Cathedral is one of Kilkenny's oldest monuments! Built in the 13th century, it is one of the...

Grace’s Courthouse

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Grace's Courthouse is a historic landmark in Kilkenny town centre. Formerly used as a castle, then as a prison...

Nowlan Park

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Nowlan Park is a Gaelic sports stadium in the city of Kilkenny. This is where most of the Irish...

The Medieval Mile Museum

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A Kilkenny museum built on the ruins of an ancient medieval monastic site. Its exhibits are playful and fascinating.






What to expect?

Kilkenny is a city in Ireland known for its dynamism and the warmth of its people! A city in full cultural development, it is above all known for its castle, its medieval town centre, but also for its famous “Kilkenny” beer, brewed in the city itself .

History of Kilkenny

A City dating back to the 5th century

The origins of the city of Kilkenny date back to the 6th century, when a monastery was built here. The monk at the origin of this monastery was known as Cill Chainnigh. During this period the monastery became an important religious and cultural centre, attracting many religious and other Irish people who came to build their homes around the monastery.

It was in the 12th century that the town had a huge castle (Kilkenny Castle) built by order of William of Clare. In 1391, Kilkenny Castle passed into the hands of the Butler family, great nobles whose family reigned over the south-east of Ireland for almost 500 years.

During this period the town became the seat of the British Parliament. The presence of the English settlers generated many tensions in the city, and the King of England ratified a law forbidding the British settlers to marry Irish people, as well as to enjoy the Irish Gaelic culture.