The town of Kilmallock has scarcely altered since medieval times. This wonderful heritage town of stone is described as “the Baalbek of Ireland"

The town of Kilmallock has scarcely altered since medieval times. It still lies within the narrow oblong area once enclosed by the town walls; and its medieval streets are also the streets of today. All this wonderful heritage of stone being sufficient to prompt one traveller to describe the town as “the Baalbek of Ireland”.

There are a number of places to visit in Kilmallock Town. John’s Castle was built in the 15th Century. This is located near the Town Wall, and the best stretch of this extends for about 400 metres, from the rear of Catholic Church to Blossom Gate.

Kilmallock is a walled town of ecclesiastical origin, a monastery having been founded here by St. Maloch in the 6th century, of which the original round tower still remains. Other tourist attractions of note include the Church of Saint Peter and Paul, Dominican Friary, Fenian Monument, Market Cross, Collegiate Church, and the Famine Memorial Park.

Located in the town is Friars’ Gate, this former cinema is now one of the most intimate theatres in Ireland. It stages a variety of theatrical, musical and dramatic events.

Kilmallock Museum, housed in a 19th century town cottage, serves as an introduction to the heritage of the medieval fortress town, noted for its imposing gates, as well as its fine 13th Century Collegiate Church and Dominican Priory.

  • A guided tour of the heritage town of Kilmallock is available.
  • The town has a wonderful array of medieval heritage buildings to visit and 13 points of interest are marked by information plaques.
  • Thomas Fitzgerald Centre & the de Valera Museum are all within a 15-minute drive. Kilmallock is located near the renowned Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails.
  • Family-friendly with a playground located in the town.
  • Great spot for nightlife with a wide variety of pubs, as well as Friars Gate which is an intimate theatre which hosts musical and dramatic events regularly.
  • Kilmallock hosts a wide variety of festivals regularly and the town is a hive of activity.
  • Centre Point of Ireland’s Ancient East in East Limerick.
  • Kilmallock is situated in the heart of the Golden Vale.
Useful Information

WALKING: Kilmallock has a walking guided tour. The town is also located near several walking trails which are part of Ballyhoura Way.

CYCLING: Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail Park which is located outside Ardpatrick. This is largest cycle trail network of its kind in Ireland. 98km of trails including forest road climbs, tight twisty singletrack with loads of ups and downs, board walk, tight turns and technical rocky bits. The trails range from the moderate 6km Greenwood loop to the demanding Castlepook loop, over 50km in length! Facilities at the trail head include map boards, car parking, toilets, showers and bike wash facilities.

DRIVING ROUTES: Kilmallock is part of the Golden Vale drive which commences in Kilmallock itself and finishes at Ballylanders. This sweeping drive will introduce you to the natural features that gave The Golden Vale its evocative name. From the level pasturelands to the north, to the foot of the highest inland mountain, Galtymore (3015ft) by Griston Bog, you’ll pass from picturesque countryside through the medieval town of Kilmallock and around Lough Gur, famous for its many archaeological sites. The signposted driving route weaves through the villages and towns of Kilmallock, Bruree, Bruff, Croom, Lough Gur, Ballyneety, Pallas Grean, Emly, Galbally, Kilfinane and Ballylanders.

Getting There

Kilmallock is situated in the heart of the Golden Vale.

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