Whether you fancy an exploration of centuries-old history or prefer to delve into artisans' workshops to watch them make one-of-a-kind pieces, Kilkenny has you covered. There’s so much now open for discovery in Ireland’s Ancient East: with more and more destinations to choose from every day, once again the possibilities are nearly endless! Make the most of it, and make a break for Kilkenny.
Start in Kilkenny City and work your way out...
Walk the Medieval Mile
Linking the Anglo-Norman majesty of Kilkenny Castle to the historic St. Canice’s Cathedral, the Medieval Mile is where you can explore the history of one of Ireland’s favourite cities (and find out why it’s definitely not a town). Follow in ancient footsteps and discover what makes Kilkenny feel so different from other places in Ireland.
Arts and Crafts in the Castle Yard
Visit the artisan workshops in the Castle Yard to watch some of the country’s premier craftspeople make treasured pieces. The National Design and Craft Gallery is home to Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary craft and design, a world of glass, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and lots more.
Sample Some of the Best Food in Ireland
Kilkenny natives are proud of their food culture, and with good reason. The city’s cafés and restaurants invite you in with the promise of the very best local produce. After a busy morning touring, have a bite at The Grapevine Wine & Tapas Bar or treat yourself to afternoon tea at Mocha's Vintage Tea Rooms. Visit the award-winning restaurant at the Kilkenny Design Centre – sit in, or take a picnic to Castle Park across the road.
Get the Smithwick’s Experience
Now for an entirely different kind of craft. Ireland’s most popular ale is synonymous with Kilkenny. Ramble into The Smithwick’s Experience, stir your own hops, immerse yourself in the multi-sensory, interactive tour and enjoy a pint at the end of all your hard work.
Relax at the Hole in the Wall
The Hole in the Wall, in the heart of the city on High Street, is a popular café during the day, but it strikes a different note entirely at night. This is a place where history and tradition echo from every corner. You never know quite what to expect when evening comes - trad sessions and yarns from the owner seem to pop up out of nowhere. Settle down and sip some organic craft German beers, local organic cider and wines, or whatever you’re having yourself.