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Kilkenny

4.2
Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Breweries
Marble City
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities. Located on the so-called "Sunny South East" just an hour's drive southwest of Dublin, this thriving urban center serves as one of the country's most popular weekend getaways. The walkable city center contains numerous medieval landmarks, including an imposing Gothic cathedral and the country's oldest brewery, founded in 1221. A commanding Norman castle, the city's dominant feature, overlooks the Nore River and offers visitors free access to its vast ornamental gardens. Avoid the biggest crowds by visiting the city on a weekday. Make the most of your holiday in Kilkenny by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our Ireland road trip site.
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Popular things to do in Kilkenny

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Kilkenny Castle ©
Castle
Kilkenny Castle
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Outdoor Activity
Go With The Flow - River Adventures
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Religious Site
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Religious Site
Jerpoint Abbey Thomastown
4.4
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Kilkenny

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park Bunratty
4.4
Duration: 3h 30 min
Rock of Cashel ©
Castle
Rock of Cashel Cashel
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Waterford Greenway
Biking Trail
Waterford Greenway Waterford
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum Waterford
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Kilkenny

Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Distillery
Ballykeefe Distillery Cuffesgrange
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
Medieval Mile Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Medieval Mile Museum
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Rothe House and Garden ©
Garden
Rothe House and Garden
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Black Abbey ©
Religious Site
Black Abbey
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Kilkenny

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Jerpoint Park ©
Historic Site
Jerpoint Park Thomastown
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Capuchin Friary ©
Religious Site
Capuchin Friary
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
St. John the Evangelist Church ©
Religious Site
St. John the Evangelist Church
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Shankill Castle ©
Castle
Shankill Castle Paulstown
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Parks in Kilkenny

Castlecomer Discovery Park ©
Park
Castlecomer Discovery Park Castlecomer
4.2
Duration: 4 hours
Woodstock House and Gardens ©
Garden
Woodstock House and Gardens
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
The Watergarden ©
Garden
The Watergarden Thomastown
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Clashacrow gardens ©
Garden
Clashacrow gardens
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Kilkenny

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Kilkenny Handwrought Silver
Gift & Specialty Shop
Kilkenny Handwrought Silver
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Kilkenny Crystal
Gift & Specialty Shop
Kilkenny Crystal
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Cushendale Woollen Mills ©
Factory Outlet
Cushendale Woollen Mills Graiguenamanagh
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Smithwick's Retail Store
Gift & Specialty Shop
Smithwick's Retail Store
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Kilkenny Activity Centre ©
Entertainment Center
Kilkenny Activity Centre
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Smithwick's Experience ©
Brewery
Smithwick's Experience
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Irish National Heritage Park ©
Park
Irish National Heritage Park County Wexford
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Hook Lighthouse ©
Lighthouse
Hook Lighthouse Fethard On Sea
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Kilkenny

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