Are you looking for what to do in Kilkenny?
PLACES TO SEE
With its rich political, cultural and economical history, Kilkenny is home to some of the major attractions in the world. Some of the most popular things to seein Kilkenny include:
- Kilkenny Castle and Grounds: Overlooking the River Nore, the castle is also known as the Norman Castle after the Norman rulers who ruled the land in medieval Ireland. The adjoining grounds are well maintained and have plush greenery awaiting its visitors. The castle itself is steeped in history and is a must-visit for every tourist. The guided tours are wonderful with interesting insights into Ireland’s epics.
- St. Canice Cathedral: The Cathedral was built 800 years ago and is named after St.Canice who was an Irish abbot, priest and an iconic missionary. The Cathedral takes you back in time with its gothic appeal and spell-bounding architecture while the nearby Round Tower offers a splendid view of Kilkenny.
- Black Abbey: Built in 1225, the Black Abbey was one of the first houses of Dominican Order in Ireland. The name was placed by England and neighbouring countries that referred to the friars of the abbey as ‘Black Friars’ due to their long black cloaks. The priory has undergone a number of reigns- from Elizabeth I to King James I who kept changing the purpose of the site. In the late 1700s, the abbey was permanently acquired by the Dominicans who gave it its present day role.
- Rothe House: The Rothe house was built in late 1500s and is a Merchant’s Townhouse complex with 3 houses and 3 courtyards attached to a large orchard. The merchants were of political background who reigned the city from 15th to 17th century after which the English Crown confiscated their power. A must-visit, the Rothe house showcases renaissance architecture and also houses a museum. The museum is a tourist favourite with rare artefacts donated by the locals of Kilkenny to the Kilkenny Archaeological Society.
- Dunmore Cave: The Dunmore cave is set in carboniferous limestone. The cave is a site of Viking Massacre in 928 AD and also shows interesting details regarding its inhabitants. The cave is open to public. The Market Cross- a distinctly shaped column of 19 feet is a must-see while visiting the cave.
THINGS TO DO
Kilkenny has a vibrant night-life and is flooded with pubs and clubs.
- Langtons Club: A ball room venue, the club host many nightlife events here. Known for its popular music with good variety of drinks, the Langtons Club is a must for friends and groups who don’t mind a late night.
- Cleere’s Bar and Theatre: One of the rare pubs to offer your favourite drinks along with theatre performances, Cleere’s is a must visit if you prefer being an audience over dancing in clubs. Do try their doorstep sandwiches, tapas and soups while walking by the area.
- Matt the Millers: One of the late-bars in Kilkenny, Matt and Millers offers a decent bar with good bar-food options. Often preferred by late-nighters, the pub is sure to keep you entertained throughout the night.
Below we have a list of things to do in Kilkenny and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.
This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Kilkenny getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.
Make the most of your trip to Kilkenny with confidence.