Kilkenny Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Kilkenny

  • Kilkenny Ghost Walking Tour
    Kilkenny Ghost Walking Tour14 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    This one of a kind ghost tour takes you trough the medieval capital of Ireland. Kilkenny with its narrow cobbled lanes, remna...

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  • Save 11% The Kilkenny Way: Ultimate Hurling Experience
    The Kilkenny Way: Ultimate Hurling Experience2 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    Take a 2-hour trip to experience the ancient Irish sporting heritage of hurling. We provide a unique sporting experience givi...

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  • The Medieval Mile Museum All Day Tour
    The Medieval Mile Museum All Day TourNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    800 years of history under one roof in a 13th century church and graveyard. At the award-winning Medieval Mile Museum we tell...

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

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Kilkenny for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kilkenny.

    • Burglary and Theft 45 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 40 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 27.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 27.5 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 20 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 32.5 (Low)
    • Attacks 32.5 (Low)
    • Drug offense 57.5 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 60 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 22.5 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 27.78 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 55 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 61.9 (High)
    • Climate Index 93.43 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 36.21 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 61.11 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.62 (Very Low)
    • 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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.27 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.14 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.98 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 85.68 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 71.4 USD

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