Kilkenny City is famous for many things: its majestic castle; a bustling crafts industry; cobbled lanes; 1,000 years of history, and cracking festivals. It is this magical combination of culture and entertainment that attracts so many people to this captivating heritage city.
Through the waters of time
Carlow Tourism College Street, Carlow Town, Co. Carlow
Carlow is a dynamic combination of past and present leading visitors through a hinterland of neat friendly villages and towns to ancient monastic sites and archaeological wonders.
Visit Year Round
Ireland's most popular ale.
Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny Parliament Street, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Located in the heart of Kilkenny on Ireland’s Medieval Mile, the daily guided-tours bring the story of Smithwick’s to life through the clever mix of technology and storytelling.
Currently Closed
Capture your imagination
Kilkenny Castle The Parade, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
This impressive 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.
Open year round
Explore Calcite formations
Dunmore Cave Ballyfoyle, Castlecomer Road, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
The cave has been known to man for many centuries and is first mentioned in the 9th century Irish Triads.
Closed for 2020 season
sculptured cloister arcade
Jerpoint Abbey Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
An outstanding Cistercian abbey founded in the second half of the 12th century. The church with its Romanesque details dates from this period.
Open Year Round
Most beautiful tableware
Nicholas Mosse Pottery Bennetsbridge, Kilkenny, Ireland
Nicholas Mosse Pottery was established in 1976 after periods of training in England and Japan. His mission was to produce beautiful, functional pottery in the style of Irish Spongeware
Open Daily Year Round
Medieval Cathedral
St. Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower The Close, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower is Ireland’s best preserved medieval Cathedral.
Open Year Round
Imagine, engage, inspire
Carlow College St Patrick’s College Street, Carlow, Ireland
Carlow College, St Patrick's is one of Ireland’s finest public buildings located in magnificent grounds.
Open Mon to Fri
Georgian Gardens
Duckett’s Grove Historic House and Walled Gardens Duckett’s Grove, Kneestown, Co. Carlow, Ireland
The restored paths and the repaired sunken stone bridge plus plantings of oak, lime, hazel, spindle and laurel rekindle the spirit of the Georgian Pleasure Grounds.
Open Year Round
Medieval Town
Fethard Medieval Town Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Filled with historic sites, ancient ruins and picturesque riverside walkways, you’ll wonder why you haven’t visited Fethard before!
Open Year Round
Southeast Special Discoveries
Gáirdín an Ghorta (The Famine Garden) Newmarket, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Gáirdín an Ghorta commemorates the Great Famine and honours the people who died of fever, hunger and starvation and those who emigrated.
Open Year Round
Self guided tour
Kilkenny Famine Experience MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Hebron Road, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Kilkenny Union Workhouse, now beautifully restored as MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre is home to the Kilkenny Famine Experience self-guided tour.
Open Year Round
Contemporary craft & design
National Design and Craft Gallery Castle Yard, Kilkenny City, Ireland
Profiling the work of Irish designer-makers both in Ireland and abroad. Browse in the on-site shops where you can watch work being made.
Open Year Round
South East Special Discoveries
South East Festivals Various locations in Ireland’s South East
Looking for laughs, music, food, and entertainment? Ireland's South East offers an array of festivals to choose from.
An exceptional collegiate church
St. Mary’s Church Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Large and elaborate structure, with an aisled nave and a long chancel and has high quality architectural sculpture used throughout.
Open May to Aug
Dynamic multi-disciplinary facility
Visual Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Old Dublin Road, Carlow, Ireland
VISUAL’s mission is to create a space for audiences, artists and communities to engage with, explore, and be inspired by contemporary art.
Open Year Round