Located on the banks of the River Nore in southeast Ireland, Kilkenny is a perfect city to soak up Ireland’s history, architecture and culture. A popular tourist destination all year round, Kilkenny welcomes visitors with a warm hospitality and an iconic Irish charm.
Kilkenny is packed with plenty of examples of historic Irish architecture. There’s St Canice’s Cathedral otherwise known as the Kilkenny Cathedral, which ranks as the second largest in the country and dates back to the 13th century. Inside the Gothic limestone structure, you’ll discover a treasure of 16th-century national monuments. Be sure to check out Kilkenny Castle too, a stunning 12th-century stronghold which stands as a homage to medieval Ireland.
Kilkenny is home to some of the best museums and cultural institutions in Ireland. Located in St Mary’s Church, the Medieval Mile Museum charts the history of medieval Kilkenny and is a must for history buffs. There’s also the National Design & Craft Gallery, where visitors can discover contemporary Irish crafts in a variety of exhibitions. Visitors can take in the best of Irish craftsmanship here, from ceramics and jewellery to furniture and silversmithing.