A vibrant, flourishing city with a fascinating medieval history; a cosmopolitan destination with a diverse range of restaurants, lively pubs and bars. Explore the tranquil River Nore and beautiful forests.
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
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