Kilkenny Tourism, Ireland

Visit Kilkenny - Best of Kilkenny

Kilkenny is the anglicised version of the Irish ‘CillChainnigh’, meaning Cell/Church of Cainneach or Canice. Located to the south-east of Ireland, Kilkenny city has arich history of 400 years.

The city has a special political importance in Ireland. Kilkenny played a vital role in the 1640’s where its parliament is known as the ‘Confederation of Kilkenny’ intended to join forces to fight against the English persecution of Irish Catholics.

Today the city still maintains its history through its monuments, pathways, museums, cathedrals and churches. The landmarks here predate the medieval times.

Legacy of iconic figures like Strongbow and St. Caniceis engraved in the Kilkenny Castle and the St Canice Cathedral. The river Nore splits the city in two. The west side of the river is known for its sights of interests while the east offers a silent ambience.

The outskirtsof Kilkenny have a unique black limestone (marble) quarry- which gives the city its nickname- Marble City.

Since the 17th century, the city has witnessed tremendous growth in all spheres.Tourism has a whole new meaning in Kilkenny. The busy shops, cathedrals, monuments, museums, cobbled pathways along with century-old pubs and cafes offer a truly memorable experience. The nightlife in kilkenny is dynamic. The city is also known for its popular festivals which attracts international crowd annually. The city also encourages arts and is a hotspot for cultural-art exhibitions and fests. With so much happening in the city all year round, there is never a dull moment at Kilkenny.

Kilkenny Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Kilkenny tips for your visit

  • Tourist can visit the Tourist Office in the city for any queries and doubts.
  • Walking through the city is highly recommended since everything in the town including the pathways add to the charm.
  • Do visit the market place where you can buy gifts for family and friends.
  • While visiting Kilkenny, try to visit the pubs in the evening which have the best Irish ambience.
  • Even though Kilkenny is known for its pleasant weather; do carry an umbrella and warm clothes at all times as the weather is known to be unpredictable.

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Facts and Stats for Kilkenny*

  • Pollution Statistics in Kilkenny

    Know the pollution level of Kilkenny before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 75 (High)
  • Kilkenny: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Kilkenny for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kilkenny.

    • Burglary and Theft 62.5 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 62.5 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 62.5 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 50 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 62.5 (High)
    • Drug offense 62.5 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 37.5 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
  • Living in Kilkenny - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 50 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 86.73 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 55.17 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 83.88 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.75 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 68.44 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Kilkenny

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kilkenny

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.33 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.4 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 43.12 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 94.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 92.39 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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