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Kilkenny Tours

Keep up with Kilkenny, a well-preserved and lively medieval city nestled amid stud farms and sprawling fields along the Nore river in southeastern Ireland. As the national creative hub, pottery, blown glass, and jewelry highlight Kilkenny’s thriving arts and crafts scene. In keeping with the region’s rich heritage, Gaelic era hurling matches make for some sports entertainment, while the famed local dark beer at Smithwick’s Experience and Michelin-starred restaurants elevate the dining culture of the city. Walking Kilkenny’s winding maze of narrow cobblestone alleyways, especially The Medieval Mile and the Butterslip thoroughfare, is worth the hype. Admire contemporary art in the former kitchens of the brilliantly restored Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle and witness remnants of monastic settlements near the magnificent 13th century St Canice’s Cathedral. Off the high street, the merchant townhouse of Rothe House delights with its Tudor-style gardens, and The Black Abbey, a Dominican church showcases excellent stain glass interiors.

Highlights

  • Medieval Mile
  • Living Irish Culture
  • Blarney Castle

Places to Stay

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Hunter’s Yard

Style: Heritage

Hunter’s Yard is ideally situated on an expansive estate by the riverside, just a 20-minute drive from the heart of the city. This chic country retreat offers you opulent rooms with beautiful views of the estate or courtyard.

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Manor House at Mount Juliet Estate

Style: Heritage

Manor House at Mount Juliet sits tucked into a sprawling estate on the banks of the River Nore, just 20 minutes from the city. Soak in the old world charm of this stately Georgian manor house from the 18th century adorned with heirlooms and portraits that trace its history over the centuries.

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Pembroke Kilkenny

Style: Boutique

Pembroke Kilkenny is conveniently located on Patrick Street in the heart of the city. Just steps away from Kilkenny Castle, this unique hotel stands on the site of the historic Statham’s Garage, credited with building the Statham-Ford Special race car.

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