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Robertson completely redesigned this house in the 1830s, bringing its history from the 1600s into the Victorian era. The House Tour takes you through a fascinating history covering Cromwell, rebellions and the Famine as you walk around this plush mansion, with its Versailles drawing room and atmospheric library. Keep some time for the terraced gardens, woodlands and lawns before making your way to what’s said to be Europe’s smallest cathedral, St Edan’s, and Ferns Castle. Craggy, imposing and impressive, the ruins of the castle date back to the time of Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster. In 1169, MacMurrough brought the Normans to Ireland to help him fight his battles, thus changing the course of Irish history forever. Entering Kilkenny, you can see just how successful the Normans became as Kilkenny Castle looms into view over the river. Built by William Marshall in 1195, this striking fortress became the bastion of rebel resistance during Cromwell’s 17th century conquest of Ireland, and also witnessed scenes of revolution and tragedy during the Civil War. Take a tour, before relaxing with a bite to eat in the nearby Kilkenny Design Centre.
If you have more time:
Find your way to a little passageway called Butterslip – one of Kilkenny's most atmospheric medieval lanes. It was once lined with butter vendors: the arched entry and narrow stone street ensured they kept their butter cool.