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Kilkenny

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Marble City
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities. Located on the so-called "Sunny South East" just an hour's drive southwest of Dublin, this thriving urban center serves as one of the country's most popular weekend getaways. The walkable city center contains numerous medieval landmarks, including an imposing Gothic cathedral and the country's oldest brewery, founded in 1221. A commanding Norman castle, the city's dominant feature, overlooks the Nore River and offers visitors free access to its vast ornamental gardens. Avoid the biggest crowds by visiting the city on a weekday. Make the most of your holiday in Kilkenny by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our Ireland road trip site.
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Popular things to do in Kilkenny

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Castle
Kilkenny Castle
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
Go With The Flow - River Adventures
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Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Jerpoint Abbey Thomastown
4.4
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Kilkenny

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Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park Bunratty
4.4
Duration: 3h 30 min
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Castle
Rock of Cashel Cashel
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Biking Trail
Waterford Greenway Waterford
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum Waterford
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Kilkenny

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Distillery
Ballykeefe Distillery Cuffesgrange
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Natural History Museum
Medieval Mile Museum
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Rothe House and Garden
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Black Abbey
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Kilkenny

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Historic Site
Jerpoint Park Thomastown
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Capuchin Friary
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Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
St. John the Evangelist Church
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Duration: 2 hours
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Castle
Shankill Castle Paulstown
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Parks in Kilkenny

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Castlecomer Discovery Park Castlecomer
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Duration: 4 hours
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Garden
Woodstock House and Gardens
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Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
The Watergarden Thomastown
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Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Clashacrow gardens
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Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Kilkenny

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Kilkenny Handwrought Silver
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Duration: 2 hours
Gift & Specialty Shop
Kilkenny Crystal
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Duration: 2 hours
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Factory Outlet
Cushendale Woollen Mills Graiguenamanagh
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Gift & Specialty Shop
Smithwick's Retail Store
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Entertainment Center
Kilkenny Activity Centre
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Duration: 2 hours
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Brewery
Smithwick's Experience
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Park
Irish National Heritage Park County Wexford
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Lighthouse
Hook Lighthouse Fethard On Sea
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Kilkenny

For a historical Irish experience, stay in Kilkenny County's namesake city, a medieval destination with no shortage of lodging options. If you are interested in exploring the central sights of this city, stay at one of the many hotels, hostels, or bed and breakfasts near its center. For something more affordable, head to the outskirts and look into guesthouse options. You can also choose a nearby spa if you want to splurge on a relaxing getaway.
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