Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny

Kilkenny city is Ireland's most historic and compact medieval city. The use of the term city is a point of some dispute. Kilkenny's inhabitants claim its city status because of a medieval charter it received 800 years ago. Kilkenny's centre is based on the west bank of the River Nore around Parliament Street, Hight Street and the Parade, with Rothe House at one end and Kilkenny Castle on the hill at the other.

In recent years Kilkenny City has become a hub for arts, crafts and design. With its great nightlife and restaurant scene Kilkenny makes an excellent base for exploring Ireland's 'sunny southeast'.

Highlights of the Year

Throughout the year there are things for visitors to Kilkenny to see and do. Highlights of the year include Kilkenny Arts Week in August and the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in June. Other festivals include the Kilkenny Rhythm n' Roots in May, Kilkenny Celtic festival in September and October.

Modern Kilkenny's origins are rooted in the middle ages when a monastery was founded there, from which the city (and county) takes it's name. Much of it's old medieval architecture remains intact and the street plan of the centre has changed little in the last six hundred years.

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Rail to Kilkenny City

Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny is served by Kilkenny (MacDonagh) Train Station.

Bus to Kilkenny City

  • Bus routes operated by Bernard Kavanagh & Sons:
    • Kilkenny - Kilkenny
    • Urlingford -Kilkenny
  • Bus routes operated by Bus Eireann:
    • 374: New Ross - Inistioge - Kilkenny
    • 73: Waterford - Athlone - Longford
    • 7: Dublin - Kilkenny - Clonmel - Cork
    • X4
  • Bus routes operated by K Buggy Coaches:
    • Castlecomer - Kilkenny
  • Bus routes operated by Michael Kilbride:
    • Graiguenamanagh - Kilkenny
    • New Ross - Kilkenny
  • Bus routes operated by J.J.Kavanagh & Sons:
    • Urlingford - Kilkenny

Things to See and Do in Kilkenny City

St. Francis Abbey Brewery

Parliament St, Kilkenny City, Co Kilkenny, Ireland
The St. Francis Abbey Brewery occupies over 25 acres in the heart of Kilkenny City. The brewery has been part of local life for over 290 years and it is here that Smithwick’s Ale was first brewed in 1710.

Black Abbey

Abbey Street, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
A 13th century church, founded by, and still in use today by the Dominican Order.

Butler Gallery

The Castle, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
A 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing room,

Kilkenny Design Centre

Castleyard, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Located in the old coach houses of Kilkenny Castle, contains a comprehensive selection of the best in local and national crafts, on display and for sale.

Rothe House

Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
A 16th century Tudor Townhouse of great charm. Includes a period costume exhibition and local museum

Saint Canices Cathedral Saint Canices Cathedral

Kilkenny City, Co Kilkenny, Ireland
The 13th century cathedral of St Canice is the second longest cathedral in Ireland . The site on which the cathedral stands has been a site of Christian worship since the 6th century...

Watergate Theatre

Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

William Street Gallery

3, William Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

Hotels in Kilkenny City

Aspect Hotel Kilkenny Aspect Hotel Kilkenny

Smithsland South, Springhill, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
With free parking and free Wi-Fi, this stylish hotel is located on Kilkenny's ring road, a 15-minute walk from Kilkenny city centre. Guests can enjoy full Irish breakfasts and rooms with Hypnos beds and power showers.

Club House Hotel Kilkenny Club House Hotel Kilkenny

Patrick Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
With Medieval Kilkenny as a backdrop, this 18th century hotel is located in a cultural and artistic hot spot. The main shopping area is only 2 minutes away.

Hotel Kilkenny Hotel Kilkenny

College Road, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
With a pool and hot tub, the chic Hotel Kilkenny is located on the city’s ring road, a 10-minute walk from Kilkenny City centre. It offers rooms with plasma TVs, an Olympic-standard gym, and free parking.

Kilford Arms Kilford Arms

John Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
In the heart of Kilkenny, The Kilford Arms Hotel offers free parking and comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms and Satellite TVs. Kilford’s White Oak restaurant serves the best of local produce.

Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

1 Ormonde Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
In Kilkenny city centre, the award-winning Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel offers luxury accommodation, the new City Bar & Grill Restaurant and 2 leading bars. In the shadow of Kilkenny Castle, the Hibernian Hotel is in the heart of Kilkenny city.

Kilkenny House Hotel Kilkenny House Hotel

Freshford Road, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Kilkenny House Hotel has ample free parking and award-winning gardens. The city centre is a 15-minute walk or a 2-minute drive away On the R693, this 3-star hotel offers comfortable accommodation and spacious, traditional rooms.

Kilkenny Inn Hotel Kilkenny Inn Hotel

15/16 Vicar Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Kilkenny Inn Hotel offers exceptional value in a great location. It is 2-3 minutes' walk from major bars, nightlife, restaurants, shops, the theatre and tourist attractions.

Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

Ormonde Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
With an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and gym, this 4-star hotel is just 2 minutes’ walk from Kilkenny’s main shopping street and Kilkenny Castle. It boasts 2 restaurants and is 10 minutes' drive from McDonagh Train Station.

Kilkenny Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny Pembroke Hotel

Patrick Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Located behind Kilkenny Castle, this boutique hotel is a 5-minute walk from Kilkenny centre. It offers air-conditioned bedrooms, a stylish restaurant and bar serving hearty Irish cuisine and free parking.

Kilkenny River Court Hotel Kilkenny River Court Hotel

The Bridge, John Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
On the banks of the River Nore in the heart of the medieval city of Kilkenny, this 4-star Kilkenny River Court Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a 17-metre indoor swimming pool.

Langton House Hotel Langton House Hotel

67 - 69 Johnstreet, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Langton House Hotel is located in the heart of medieval Kilkenny, within walking distance of Kilkenny Castle, shopping, the theatre, and bars. There is free Wi-Fi throughout, and free parking nearby.

Lyrath Estate Hotel and Spa Lyrath Estate Hotel and Spa

Dublin Road, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
On 170 acres of parkland, The Lyrath Hotel is just 1 mile from Kilkenny City. It offers luxurious air-conditioned rooms, a spa, an indoor infinity pool, and 2 award-winning restaurants.

Newpark Hotel Newpark Hotel

Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
With a stunning outdoor infinity pool, a hot tub, and an Aveda spa, Newpark Hotel is 10 minutes’ walk from Kilkenny centre. The house is set within 40 acres of parkland and beautiful gardens.

Springhill Court Hotel, Spa & Leisure Club Springhill Court Hotel, Spa & Leisure Club

Waterford Road, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Featuring a leisure centre, a luxury spa, and a kids club during school holidays, Springhill Court is just 2 km from the centre of Kilkenny. Guests can enjoy free parking, free internet access, spacious rooms, and entertainment twice a week.

The Brog Maker The Brog Maker

Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Established in 1994, The Brog Maker is located in the city of Kilkenny, also known as Ireland’s Medieval Capital. Just 2 kilometres from Kilkenny Castle, the hotel offers a bar, a restaurant and a terrace.

Zuni Hotel Zuni Hotel

26 Patrick St., Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Offering award-winning gourmet cuisine, a tapas bar, and a deli-cafe, Zuni Hotel is situated right in Kilkenny’s medieval centre. With free parking, it provides elegant, boutique rooms.

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Kilkenny City Pubs and Nightlife: An essential part of Ireland's social life and a must for every visitor.

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