Kilkenny County

  • Kilkenny Castle: The great symbol of Norman occupation, this truly imposing structure and its beautifully arranged gardens really do take a person back to another period in the life of the Butler family and the importance of Kilkenny through the ages. Do visit the art gallery and the period rooms in the castle.
  • St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower: Among the very few medieval round towers that remain climbable today for the view over the city. The cathedral itself, its attractive stained glass, and the ancient tombstones are examples of Kilkenny’s ecclesiastical heritage.
  • The Medieval Mile: A mile-long stretch running from Kilkenny Castle to St. Canice’s Cathedral full of historic sites. Running from the medieval Rothe House & Garden to the intriguing Smithwick’s Experience and Black Abbey.
  • Jerpoint Abbey: Ruins in the countryside just outside Kilkenny City, owned by an order of Cistercians, celebrated for stone carving, especially on the cloister, which has survived well. It shows an undisturbed view of monastic life in the 12th century.
  • Dunmore Cave: One of the most beautiful natural sites in Ireland, Dunmore Cave carries a site of historical importance. In the year 928 AD, at this very location, there was reported a Viking massacre along with its beautiful calcite formations. The visitor centre of the cave describes the place’s geological and historical importance.
  • Kilkenny Design Centre: This is situated in the stables of the castle and offers the best in modern Irish craft and design. Nearby workshops will demonstrate local craftsmen in operation, making everything from Kilkenny limestone to silver and textiles.
  • Inistioge: One of the most picturesque villages on the banks of the River Nore, noted for its scenic beauty and captured in several movies. Inistioge is a village characterized by a 10-arch bridge, historic Woodstock Gardens, and the charming village square.
  • Irish National Heritage Park: Situated a short distance outside Kilkenny, on Wexford along this city, the park takes one to the core of the history of Ireland from the Stone Age to the Norman conquest. It is a very interesting and rewarding journey.

All this, together with the characteristic gentle rolling hills, rivers, and busy towns, adds up to a more than tempting proposal for the visitor to experience firsthand the medieval past and current cultural offer of Ireland.