Things to do in Kilkenny
Go back in time to a 12th Century castle, remodelled and restored and set in 1830’s splendour and extensive parklands. Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the ‘High Town’ of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles.
Address: The Parade, Kilkenny
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:30
St. Canice’s Cathedral
Built between 1202 and 1285, St Canice’s has been preserved in its original style and form. Worship has taken place here for over 800 years. See the wonderful stained glass and a large collection of ancient monuments.
View Kilkenny and the surrounding area from the 9th century round tower.
Address: Coach Road, Kilkenny
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 9:00– 18:00, Sun: 14:00-18:00
The Smithwick’s Experience
Meet the ale that has taken centuries of turbulent times on the chin and survived against the odds. Brewed using the finest ingredients and centuries of experience, Smithwick’s, with its rich ruby glow and creamy head, is the perfect marriage of innovation and tradition. And the taste? Hints of caramel and biscuit, a tingle of orange marmalade and a finish so crisp you could snap it in two.
Address: Parliament Street, Kilkenny
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 daily
National Craft Gallery
Established by the Crafts Council of Ireland in 2000, the National Craft Gallery is Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary craft and design. They inspire appreciation, creativity and innovation through their exhibition, event and education programmes, and play a critical role in building understanding of craft and material culture in Ireland.
Address: Craft Yard, Kilkenny
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 – 17:30, Sunday: 11:00-17:30
Crafts in Kilkenny
Throughout the city of Kilkenny, the visitor will find a host of craft and design studios and workshops. Chances are as you walk the streets, you will stumble across artisan craft workshops, lovingly selling hand crafted goods from solid wood furniture to small pieces of delicate textiles and jewellery. The MADE in Kilkenny trail features many of these makers whose studios are often in idyllic settings, offering an opportunity to meet the people behind each beautifully made piece.
A map is available showing the craft trail in Kilkenny City and County and can be viewed here.
Kilkenny Design Centre
Kilkenny Design Craft Centre offers an unrivalled selection of Irish handcrafted gifts. The Centre remains Ireland’s most prestigious source of Irish gifts of exceptional quality, all chosen with a discerning eye for quality, uniqueness and style.
Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny
Opening Hours: 10:00- 19:00 daily
The Kilkenny Way – Ultimate Hurling Experience
Take a 2 hour trip down the ancient Irish Sporting heritage of Hurling
The Kilkenny Way provides a unique sporting experience giving you an insight into the world’s Oldest (3000 yrs) and fastest field game in the true Home Of Hurling Champions – Kilkenny. Enjoy two Hours of Hurling fun in the Home of the Famous Kilkenny Cats.
Address: 28/29 Rose Inn Street, Kilkenny City
Opening Hours: 14:00 Monday – Friday, 12:00 Saturday & Sundays
Kilkenny has a host of parkland and championship golf course, the most famous of which is Mount Juliet. Mount Juliet is home to an 18 hole Jack Nicklaus designed Championship Golf Course, 18 hole putting course and 3 hole golf academy. Designed to take advantage of the natural beauty of the landscape and ranked among the world’s finest parkland courses. Playing over 7,00 yards from the championship tees and covering 200 acres, the course suits all levels of golfers. It has hosted the Irish Open on 3 occasions and hosted the World Golf Championship – American Express Championship in September 2002.
Address: Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.
For Tee Times visit: http://www.mountjuliet.ie/golf/
Hotel in the Wall
The Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny’s renowned 16th century tavern. It is housed in the oldest surviving townhouse in Ireland – the 1582 Archer Inner House, 17 High St. Fully restored over the past 10 years the Elizabethan building with its tavern, snug and Archer room are now open to visitors for the first time in hundreds of years. Tours currently take place on the weekends and evenings that describe the story of the house against the backdrop of the complex history of political and religious change in Kilkenny over the past 400 years.
Address: 17 High Street (rear), Kilkenny City
Opening Hours: Thursday & Friday from 20:00. Saturday from 14:30