It's been a long time coming, and we have an ideal destination for that trip you've been dreaming about. Whether you want to get lost in history, marvel at architecture or take a moonlit stroll along the river, there’s so much now open for discovery. To get you started, here’s our pick of things to do in the Marble City and beyond.
Kilkenny Castle, Park and Gardens
Although you’ll find Kilkenny Castle
right in the heart of the city, once you’re inside its walls you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time. Originally built by the Normans in 1195, Kilkenny Castle with its magnificent gardens, woodland paths and a man-made lake, all added in the 19th
century, is the perfect place to forget about the real world. The castle is open to visitors throughout the year, with a tearoom for refreshments, a playground if you’re bringing kids and the magnificent Long Gallery for art lovers.
St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower
The round tower of St. Canice’s Cathedral
is the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny and, weather permitting, you’re invited to climb to the top of its 30 metres for incredible views of the city and surrounding countryside. The religious roots of the site go back centuries, evident in the ancient tombstones and round-headed stained glass windows.
Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile
Running through the centre of Kilkenny city, The Medieval Mile is a discovery trail linking St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Anglo-Norman castle and much more in between. The Medieval Mile Pass gives you access to everything on the trail, as well as discounts for various cafes and restaurants, and is the best value way to see the attractions along the route.