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.
Map of Kilkenny City
Getting To and Around Kilkenny City
For information on getting to and around Co. Kilkenny, see our Co. Kilkenny Transport Guide.
Public Transport to and around Kilkenny City
Kildare/Waterford Service Rail service operated by Irish Rail
871 Bus route operated by JJ/Bernard Kavanagh
Public transport route information is Irish Public Sector Data licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence
Things to Do in Kilkenny City
- Black Abbey Abbey Street
- Butler Gallery Evans' Home, John's Quay
- Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny City
- Kilkenny Design Centre Castleyard
- Medieval Mile Museum St Mary's Parish Church, St Mary's Lane, High Street
- Rothe House Kilkenny City
- Saint Canices Cathedral Kilkenny
- Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny Parliament St
- Watergate Theatre Parliament Street, Kilkenny
- William Street Gallery 3 William Street