Kilkenny Travel Guide

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Kilkenny Things to Do

  • Kilkenny Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I just happened, by chance, to visit Kilkenny Castle on the first Wednesday of the month ( March) and much to my surprise and pleasure I was told that I could get in for free on that day! This saved me 6Euros. It seems all of the historic sites owned by the Irish Heritage organisation offer this enticement to visit their properties on the first...

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  • St Canice Cathedral

    A lovely way to see a lot of Kilkenny is to do a tour of the castle and then walk from the castle north through town to the Cathedral of St. Canice. It's a pleasant walk and you get to see are the brightly painted shop fronts . . . and stop in if you like. The actual Cathedral site was founded in the 6th century, but the current Cathedral has been...

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  • Kyteler's Inn

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    There sure are many pubs in this town to choose from. I loved the old building that was home to Kyteler's Inn which was founded in 1324 by dame Alice le Kyteler. The lady was born here in Kilkenny in 1263. She married four times, and through these marriages she acquirred a considerable fortune. Due to her wealth she had many enemies who conspired...

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Kilkenny Restaurants

  • Kytelers Inn

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kytelers Inn was pure amazing, from the delicious food to the great music. This restaurant/pub was the perfect place to enjoy our first night in Ireland. I cannot remember exactly what we had to eat but I do remember it being wonderful. Our waiter was extremely nice and the atmosphere of the restaurant was very interesting. Throughout the entire...

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  • The Marble City Bar

    3 out of 5 stars

    Although this place was recommended, it turned out to be awful. Even though we visited during what shoud be one of Kilkennys busiest periods (The Cats Laughs Festival), the venue lacked any sort of atmosphere. We should have realised when we arrived, to over hear other patrons complaining that we might be in for a rough ride. After waiting for what...

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  • The Green Chili

    1 out of 5 stars

    I got a take-away for two out of here and was treated by the staff like something the cat had dragged in. The Indian guy who served me stopped short of slamming the bag on the table in front of me and didn't say thanks or anything when I paid him. After all that, the food wasn't that nice. We both got the Tandoori Chicken and it wasn't nice at...

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Kilkenny Nightlife

  • Langtons Bar & Club

    Langton's is probably the best known nightclub in Kilkenny. I've been here far too many times and whenever we go out in Kilkenny we always end up in here. On Saturday nights or over the Christmas holidays it gets especially busy. It's run by local man Eamonn Langton who owns many other pubs and nightclubs in the city.

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  • The Pumphouse

    The Pumphouse is a great place to go to watch live music in Kilkenny. Traditional music sessions are held on monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during the summer months. The pub attracts a warm and welcoming crowd, and they serve good bar food too.

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  • Matt the Miller's bar

    This is one hell of a lively Irish pub...we had a wonderful lunch earlier on the friday of the august bank holiday weekend..great service and we decided to come back later to hear the "KILKENNY'S" a local band play...the pub was full of all types of people singing and dancing what an atmosphere..we were brought out to dance by two lively irish...

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Kilkenny Transportation

  • Buses

    Kilkenny (Patrick street) – Clonmel (railway station depart 14.35 arrive 15.25 Then take the Cahir bus from Clonmel at 15.45, and arrive in Cahir (Castle Street) at 16.10 and at 16.40 get the bus to Cashel. You should arrive in Cashel at 16.55. I know you have to take a lot of buses but this is the quickest way, taking 2hrs 20mins.

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  • Cars...

    There is plenty of parking in Kilkenny right downtown. There is multi-story parking between Friary and Ormonde streets and another multi-story farther north off James's Street but our favorite place was the large lot by the river Nore and just behind the medieval section of Kilkenny. If you approach Kilkenny from the south (heading north), you...

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  • Airport

    We hired a car. I have no idea about public transport. Haven't seen a train or bus anywhere... I know that a lot of dutch people who visit this area take their bikes with them, so if you like cycling...

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Kilkenny Shopping

  • Kilkenny Design Centre

    Highly recommended one-stop shopping (much of it duty-free) for Irish crafts: glassware, pottery, woolens, linens, local stoneware, jams, jellies, stationary, etc. Excellent selection and helpful staff, immediately across from Kilkenny Castle in a converted stables.

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  • Markets

    Shopping opportunities in Kilkenny, while not on a par with Dublin, have improved dramatically in recent years. The Market Cross is an open-air shopping mall off High Street. It was developed in the early nineties and is named after the city's market cross - this cross dated from 1335 but was removed in 1771.

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  • Irish Arts and Crafts

    Highly recommended one-stop shopping (much of it duty-free) for Irish crafts: glassware, pottery, woolens, linens, local stoneware, jams, jellies, stationary, etc. Excellent selection and helpful staff, immediately across from Kilkenny Castle in a converted stables.

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Kilkenny Local Customs

  • Hurling

    Hurling is an ancient Gaelic sports and very popular in Ireland. We happened to be in Kilkenny two days before an important hurling match. It was the “All-Ireland Championship”, where Kilkenny and Cork were in the final. When driving through County Cork, we already noticed several cars and houses decorated with white-red flags (the colours of Cork)...

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  • History

    When you're in Kilkenny, this would apply to Waterford too, you will probably see lots of references to 'Ormond', like Ormond St/road, businesses & hotels with Ormond in the name. And you might just fleetingly wonder what that might refer to. Ormond is the anglicization of the original Irish name of 'Urmhumhan' meaning 'East Munster'. Munster is...

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  • Cat's Laughs Festival

    Every June bank holiday, Murphys brewery sponsor a comedy festival in Kilkenny, attracting top comedians from all over the British isles and even some Americans like Dan Castellata (the guy who does Homer and Grampa in The Simpsons), George Wendt and Bill Murray. It's absolutely brilliant fun!!! :))

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Kilkenny Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving / Walking

    Be careful where you walk at night in Kilkenny. Avoid walking along the river and off the beaten track. At weekends, John Street can be very dodgy. In November 2006, the local newspaper carried an article on the lastest "craze" in the city. It seems local thugs have taken to lashing victims with whips.

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  • Walking at night

    Be careful where you walk at night in Kilkenny. Avoid walking along the river and off the beaten track. At weekends, John Street can be very dodgy. In November 2006, the local newspaper carried an article on the lastest "craze" in the city. It seems local thugs have taken to lashing victims with whips.

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  • 'Scumbags'

    Kilkenny City is by no means a place that anyone should be afraid to visit, albeit there are areas where one would not want to walk through late at night. Also there is the ever present chance that some wasted fella will come up to you and ask you for a cigerette late at night, in an attempt to fight you. Obviously avoidable though, just act nice...

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Kilkenny Tourist Traps

  • National Craft Gallery

    The National Craft Gallery is across the road from the castle, but there really is not much worth looking at in there. Within these grounds, is Butler House, which is also a hotel. It was formerly the Dower House of Kilkenny Castle. It was refurbished by Kilkenny Design. While it looks great, but it does look rather impersonal IMO

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  • Kyteler's Inn

    This is the oldest pub in Kilkenny (1324). It has a lot of "history", the former owner Dame Alice Kyteler being accused of witchcraft and the like. It's played up a lot - as is there is traditional Irish music NIGHTLY. Wrong. When I was there, it was a couple of guys playing acoustic guitars to old 90's pop songs. It's very very much a more...

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  • National Craft Gallery

    The National Craft Gallery is across the road from the castle, but there really is not much worth looking at in there. Within these grounds, is Butler House, which is also a hotel. It was formerly the Dower House of KilkennyCastle. It was refurbished by Kilkenny Design. While it looks great, but it does look rather impersonal IMO

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Kilkenny What to Pack

  • Rain Gear

    Good walking shoes, warm clothes and rain gear are a must. While in Kilkenny, it started to pour down rain and I had to take cover under a tree. Even with an umbrella, the rain will still find a way to get you wet! Be sure to have something to keep your camera dry when the rain comes. Oh, and it will surely come! While waiting for the rain to let...

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  • Rain Gear is Your Friend

    Good walking shoes, warm clothes and rain gear are a must. While in Kilkenny, it started to pour down rain and I had to take cover under a tree. Even with an umbrella, the rain will still find a way to get you wet! Be sure to have something to keep your camera dry when the rain comes. Oh, and it will surely come! While waiting for the rain to...

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  • A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall

    It will rain anytime of day, anytime of year so be prepared. In general Kilkenny gets the best of the Summer weather and the worst in the winter. I can remember only one really hot summer growing up - back in '95.

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Kilkenny Off The Beaten Path

  • Concerts in 800 year old Abbey!

    Every November Duiske Abbey in Graignamanagh hosts a series of concerts in the 800 year old Duiske Abbey in the centre of this riverside town. The concerts are held on Wednesday nights, three Classical music concerts and one Irish traditional music concert.

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  • Jenkinstown Wood

    Jenkinstown Wood is a small woodland park about 10 km outside Kilkenny city. It's a nice place for walking or for a picnic and very popular with the local people. My mother grew up in nearby Jenkinstown and I have cousins who still live in the area so it's a place I have visited many times. My parents were married in the old Jenkinstown church (see...

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  • Kells

    Kells is a small village 13km's south of Kilkenny.There is not much to it (besides Kells Priory, previously mentioned), but there is a nice stone bridge and really pretty countryside.A great place for a break and some photography!!

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Kilkenny Sports & Outdoors

  • Hurling

    this is one of the major championship hurling counties in ireland, for those who don't know what sport this is, it is the fastest land game in the world, played with a stick called a hurley this is traditionally made from ash timber. the ball is small and made from leather, this is called a Sliotar. the female version of the game is more or less...

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  • Nowlan Park

    Nowlan Park is the home of Kilkenny's GAA teams. In recent years it has hosted two big concerts - Paul Simon in 2002 and Bob Dylan the previous summer. After living in Kilkenny for 18 years, and never having the chance to see anything like this, it was just my luck that I was in New York for the Dylan gig.

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  • championship hurling county

    this is one of the major championship hurling counties in ireland, for those who don't know what sport this is, it is the fastest land game in the world, played with a stick called a hurley this is traditionally made from ash timber. the ball is small and made from leather, this is called a Sliotar.the female version of the game is more or less the...

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Kilkenny Favorites

  • Kilkenny Castle

    Forty years before our visit (short in the total timespan of the life of the castle), Arthur Butler, 6th Marquess and 24th Earl of Ormonde, sold his abandoned and deteriorating castle to the Castle Restoration Committee for £50. At that time, he said, "The people of Kilkenny, as well as myself and my family, feel a great pride in the Castle, and...

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  • Saint Canice's Cathedral

    The 13th Century Cathedral was closed for maintenace when we visited (Sept 2004), but you can still walk through th grounds and climb the round tower. The round tower is more inspiring for the climb itself than the views of Kilkenny at the summit. A number of round towers can be seen in Ireland but not all of them can be entered and climbed. A...

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  • Smithwick's Brewery

    Smithwick's Brewery (Smithwicks (St. Francis' Abbey) Brewery is situated in the heart of Kilkenny. Brewing was instigated in the city by the monks of the Franciscan Abbey who brewed their beers using the waters from the Friars Well. The Abbey closed in the 16th century and in 1710 John Smithwick started brewing commercially. The Brewery is today...

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