County Kilkenny Things to Do

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County Kilkenny Things to Do

  • Kilkenny Castle

    Kilkenny Things to Do

    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

    Kilkenny Things to Do

    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

    Kilkenny Things to Do

    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 Design Centre

    Kilkenny Things to Do

    This was where we ate lunch. I looked at the goods displayed but didn't buy anything. They have a website where you can buy on-line. There were buildings around a courtyard which was once the stables of the Kilkenny Castle where artisans worked. Kilkenny Design Centre Opening Hours – Monday - Saturday 10am - 7pm Sunday 11am - 7pm Bank Holidays...

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  • St. Mary's Cathedral

    Kilkenny Things to Do

    Built on the crest of a ridge, St. Mary's occupies a highly visible site in the lovely town of Kilkenny. In this two-Cathedral community, it is the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Ossory. The Cathedral was constructed between 1843 and 1857, a time period which encompassed the tragic years of the Famine - yet building this fine edifice was a...

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  • Kilkenny Courthouse

    Kilkenny Things to Do

    This is also known as Grace's Castle. The present building is on the site of an ancient castle built around 1210. This had been replaced by 1566 by an Anglo-Irish Town House. the owner James Grace yielded it up to the Crown for use as a jail. He was rewarded by being appointed Constable or Governor of the Jail with an income of 20 nobles a year....

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  • Gap of Dunloe

    Kilkenny Things to Do

    See unspoilt countryside. A coach will take you from Killarney to Kate Kearney's cottage. From there you can either walk, cycle, ride a horse, or - if you're still suffering from too much of the 'black stuff' (guinness) - be taken by horse and cart through the gap and along the valley. At the other end of the gap you will then be transported via...

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  • Magdalen Castle

    Kilkenny Things to Do

    Located on Maudlin st, off John St. Not much to it really, it's just a ruin, but a well-preserved one. There is no info about it anywhere on the site, you cant go into it, but considering it's located across the River Nore from Kilkenny Castle, I guess it was some kind of look-out tower for the Castle in the Middle Ages.

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  • Jerpoint Abbey

    It was founded in the 12C, has small visitor centre.Jerpoint was established by Donnchadh Mac Giolla Phadraig,King of Ossory for the Cistercians.

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  • IN THE CITY OF KILKENNY....

    walking here really gives you the feeling that nothing here has changed for decades on end....It is a quiet town and I wasn't so very much impressed by the town because of the fact that most buildings were built with GREY STONE......and I do so love colour!In the photograph: the St. CANICE'S CATHEDRAL with it strange, round, chimneylike...

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  • AND A CASTLE NEEDS A GARDEN......

    and here it is: the CASTLE'S ROSEGARDEN, seen from above........Here we can really see how extremely green IRELAND is......yes, we all think that neighbours grass is always greener but IRELAND'S greeness beats everything, thanks TO THE ABUNDANT RAINFALL......In the background the SILHOUETTE of the famous ST. CANICE CATHEDRAL and other important...

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  • ROTHE HOUSE......

    This is a TUDOR MERCHANT'S HOUSE in the centre of KILKENNY CITY in Parliament street to be more specific!It is now the property of the Kilkenny ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY and it is a UNIQUE survival of a late 16th Century town house in IRELAND.The substantional stone house was built by JOHN ROTHE FITZ-piers, a prosperous merchant.In fact the building...

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  • BLACK ABBEY CATHEDRAL....

    This Black Abbey ( as well as the St. Francis' Abbey & St. John's Priory) date back to mediaeval times.The grandeur of the Abbey of the Most Holy Trinity, set in the heart of the ancient Kingdom of OSSORY, makes it one of the most revered churches in IRELAND.Adorned by stained glass windows, pre-reformation statues and exemplary architecture, the...

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  • THE FLOWSTONE WALL.....

    There are some areas in IRELAND where caves are most abundant such as: the BURREN of Co. Clare, the MARBLE ARCH area of Co. Fermanagh and the uplands or Cos. Leitrim & Sligo.All these areas, and Dunmore, are formed of Carboniferous limestone, laid down over 300 millions of years.Part of the interest of Dunmore Cave stems from the fact that it is...

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  • DUNMORE CAVE, MARKET CROSS....

    This CAVE, with its imposing entrance, has been known of centuries but it is only comparatively recently that it has been fully explored and attempts have been made to unravel its history.Until the 17th Century caves were regarded with dread and awe as being entrances to HELL, and to this day caves are still objects of mystery and fear for many...

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  • ONGOING EXHIBITIONS IN THE BUTLER...

    Kilkenny Design Centre is a wonderful place to buy gifts and souvenirs of HIGH QUALITY, it is amazing that practically all GIFT & CRAFT SHOPS only sell EXQUISITE QUALITY ITEMS......not cheap, but perfect and very worthwhile the money: GOOD VALUE...Jewelers, woodworkers, potters and craftsmen of great skill are also to be found burrowed down many a...

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  • Cat Laughs

    On the June Bank Holiday Weekend everybody with a few hours to spare heads to Kilkenny City, to see some of the world's top comedians. Catch an early show, and stay out to sample the nightlife (warning: Matt the Miller's was absolutely boiling the night I was there after a gig, literally 8 billion degrees (maybe an exaggeration), and this is a...

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  • St Mary's Church Gowran

    If you decide to visit Graiguenamanagh (see earlier tip) you’ll pass through the small village of Gowran along the way. Keep an eye out for the impressive St Mary’s Church, which dates from the 13th Century on the site of a monastery. Like many of Kilkenny’s best known sites the church is run by the Office of Public Works.

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  • Dunmore Caves

    The Dunmore Caves are located 10 km north of Kilkenny City on the Castlecomer Road. In these caves are some fine examples of stalactites and stalagmites as well as the largest cave column in Ireland, the Market Cross (which looks rather like a pint of beer with a hand wrapped around it). The Office of Public Works looks after the caves and there is...

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  • Inistioge

    Inistioge is a beautiful village on the banks of the River Nore in County Kilkenny. It’s located 16km south of Kilkenny City and though it consists of little more than a couple of streets around a village green, it’s a very popular place with visitors, mainly due to the scenery in the surrounding countryside. A beautiful stone bridge crosses the...

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  • Graiguenamanagh

    Graiguenamanagh is a beautiful, small, riverside village in eastern Kilkenny near the Carlow/Kilkenny border. It’s close enough to the towns of Carlow and New Ross and to Kilkenny City to make it n attractive place to live while commuting to work. My father grew up here and worked here for many years so it’s a village I’ve come to know very well....

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  • Jerpoint Abbey

    The picturesque ruins of Jerpoint Abbey are one of Kilkenny’s most popular sites. Located 2.5 km south of the village of Thomastown, on the road to Waterford, the abbey is run by the Irish Office of Public works (OPW). The abbey was founded by the Cistercians in the 12th Century. Inside the visitor centre there is a small exhibition on Jerpoint and...

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  • Tullaherin Round Tower

    This 22m high tower, was in 1121 a stone falling from tower during a thunderstomkilled a student in the church.

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  • Graiguenamanagh

    This abbey called Duiske Abbey, was once Ireland's largest Cistercian abbey.In churchyard, two small granite high crosses.

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  • Kilfane Glen and Waterfall

    I visited here on 31st March. I would love to be able to tell you about it, but it closes over the winter and doesn't re-open until 1st April. Just my luck !The gardens are only open a few months each year (as I was unfortunate enough to discover when I first visited one winter) but I came in the summer and was delighted. Built in woodlands on the...

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  • Dunmore Caves

    Located 7 miles north of Kilkenny city, the caves are one of the county's most popular attractions. They aren't particularly big but the guides are entertaining enough to make a visit worthwhile. The caves were untouched for hundreds of years, but on re-discovery Viking coins were found, along with the skeletons of 46 women and children thought to...

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  • WATERFORD AND SUIR VALLEY RAILWAY....

    This is a brand new railway heritage "product" for tourists and.... a great one.It is situated in WATERFORD.This narrow-gauge Waterford & Suir Valley Railway runs along the banks of RIVER SUIR between Kilmeaden and Waterford, giving passengers the opportunity to take in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the South East of Ierland!The train is...

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  • DUNMORE CAVE....

    THE ENTRANCE....These caves are situated in a rocky area, consisting of limestone and....such caves can only develop in places where there are enough cracks and openings to let water run down and down...........Often these openings are impressively wide and rivers sometimes disappear underground to come up again a few km. (or more) in another...

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  • ABOUT THE NATIONAL CRAFT GALLERY

    CRAFTS COUNCIL OF IRELAND.Established in Kilkenny in December 2000, the NATIONAL CRAFT GALLERY aimes to show the best of design & quality in Irish craft.Special exhibition themes will stimulate innovation in design and manufacture, offering new challenges and opportunities to crafts people throughout the country!The gallery will also host work by...

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  • KILKENNY DESIGN CENTRE....

    Walking near the Castle and in the Castle gardens and ground you will see this special place where it is fantastic to have a drink & bite and....to shop!Located in the old STABLES and coachhouse opposite Kilkenny Castle, the KILKENNY DESIGN CENTRE has a most extensive range of IRISH CRAFT PRODUCTS!.You will find here: ladies' clothing and men's...

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  • KILKENNY WALKING TOUR....

    TYNAN TOURS at your service!!They are the official tour guides of MEDIAEVAL KILKENNY....This is THE way to explore Ireland's foremost, inland mediaeval CITY and you will be guided by the best local, knowledgeable guide whose hometown KILKENNY is....The tour will take you through KILKENNY'S glorious history, including the story of the FAMOUS WITCH....

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  • KILKENNY CITY ON A LOVELY DAYS...

    and weather conditions are so changeable here in Ireland.........and it is best to enjoy a lovely to the full because you'll never know what the next day will bring.....Time now to tell you that KILKENNY is situated on both banks of RIVER NORE....It has those lovely, winding streets we all love so much and lots of old buildings that give it its...

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