If you're hungry for inspiration after staring at the same four walls for months, after a soul soothing art tour of Kilkenny you’re sure to come away energised; and with some beautiful gifts and new additions for your own home to boot. If you're getting ready to visit the Marble City, these eight places are a must for design and craft lovers.
Kilkenny Design Centre
The first place to visit on your design and craft tour in Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s most exciting art spaces, Kilkenny Design Centre, in the old stables of historic Kilkenny Castle. The Design Centre has impressive collections of jewellery, knitwear, gifts and glassware from some of the best craftspeople and designers in Ireland. When you visit make sure to leave time for lunch, as Kilkenny Design Centre is home to the award-winning Anocht restaurant.
Castle Arch Pottery
After your visit to the Design Centre, pop into Castle Arch Pottery in the Castle Yard where Ray Power set up his own pottery business in 1993. With designs inspired by Ireland’s rich tradition of storytelling, you’ll be able to watch the beautiful pieces being made and glazed during your visit.
The National Design and Craft Gallery
Also located at Castle Yard, the National Design and Craft Gallery is a pivotal spot for artists looking to expand their repertoire, and for visitors to a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions programmes. Marvel at the ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery and exceptional furniture on view – you’re sure to come away inspired.
Across the road in Kilkenny Castle, The Butler Gallery is a contemporary gallery space housed in the old castle kitchens where domestic and international talent is showcased, including an impressive collection of 20th century art. Entry is free and The Butler Gallery opens every day.