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Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny Entrance Ticket
"Make your own way to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny roughly 1.5 hours from Dublin by car at a time suited to you. Located in an old Victorian brewing building in Kilkenny City the Smithwick’s Experience offers a fully interactive multi-sensory journey through Smithwick’s history.On arrival join one of the guided tours — which run every 30 minutes and last approximately an hour — and trace the evolution of Ireland’s oldest beer brand from its medieval origins right up to present day.Holograms
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Wicklow Mountains Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin
"Discover Ireland's Ancient East departing Dublin (Collins Day Tours bus stop on Nassau Street 09.00 am) travel to Wicklow National Park for a guided tour of the monastic settlement of Glendalough and walk along the 'Valley of Two Lakes'  Drive through th pubs or a simple picnic in the Caste grounds! Time for private sightseeing/ shopping before departure at 4.15 pm. Return to Dublin around 6 pm.""""Full Day Tour to Wicklow mountains Glendalough and Kilkenny. Expert tour guides with separate coach driver. Luxury coaches with Free Wifi. Discover Ireland's Ancient East. Meander through country roads valleys and ever changing scenery to Wicklow National Park. Guided visits of Glendalough monastic settlement and Kilkenny medieval city."
From EUR33.00
Waterford Crystal and Kilkenny Rail Trip from Dublin
"Meet your guide in Dublin’s Heuston Station in early morning and set off on a scenic rail journey to Kilkenny. Often hailed as the most attractive city in Ireland Kilkenny is famous for its postcard-perfect medieval looks and its historical cathedrals abbeys and castles.Stroll around the cobbled streets and get an overview of the city’s history and top sights. Afterward you'll enjoy free time during which you might choose to pop into the renowned Kilkenny Design Centre which stocks Irish fashion and handcrafts or pay an entrance fee to visit Kilkenny Castle
From EUR109.00

Kilkenny Castle Tips (2)

Towers and Crenellation

Favorite thing 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 [we feel that]... it should not be allowed to fall into ruins. There are already too many ruins in Ireland."

He purchased the land in front of the castle "in order that it should never be built on and the castle would be seen in all its dignity and splendour".

Fondest memory My grandson was very impressed by the castles in Ireland - so much so that he was disappointed when he saw Buckingham Palace.

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Jan 30, 2011

Kikenny Castle--beautifully illuminated at night!

Favorite thing When staying in Kilkenny, be sure to walk to the bridge over the small tiver in the center of the town to see the castle illuminated at night. It is beautiful. Kilkenny Castle dates back about 800 years and was inhabited by the Butler family from 1391 until 1935. The castle can be visited in the dayime. Especially nice to see during the 40 minute tour is the "Long Gallery" with its beautiful ceiling with portraits of the Butler Family. The castle also houses the so-called "Butler Gallery, 1 of the most important art galleries in Ireland outside of Dublin.

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Sep 20, 2002
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Kilkenny Courthouse

The courthouse was originally constructed in the 13th century by the wealthy Grace family who resided in it until in 1566, James Grace, the Governor of Ireland leased it to the state. It was used as a...
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Kyteler's Inn

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...
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Saint Canice's Cathedral

Unfortunately i did not have time to go into the cathedral as the time allotted on our bus tour just wasn't enough for this lovely city. There has been a church on this site since the 6th century when...
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Kilkenny Castle

The original Anglo-Norman stone castle was the work of Norman Knight - Richard De Clare who was nick-named Strongbow. Strongbow was one of the Knights who helped Henry II of England seize control of...
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Kilkenny Design Centre

The National Craft Gallery is located in the Castle yard, once home to the stables and coach houses of the historic Kilkenny Castle. The imposing stable yard is a crescent-shaped building with...
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Bishop's Palace

The Bishop's Palace was built from grey hewn stone in 1741. The Palace was designed by Anglo-German architect Richard Castles, with its front overlooking the town wall which he had reduced in...
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