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Kilkenny is famous for many things: its majestic creeper-clad castle; a bustling crafts industry; cobbled lanes and secret passages; 1,000 years of history and vibrant festivals. It’s this magical combination of culture and entertainment that attracts so many people to this captivating heritage city, just 90 minutes south of Dublin. At the heart and soul of medieval Ireland, Kilkenny is famed for its electric atmosphere played out in its maze of narrow Norman alleyways. Twisting and turning around abbeys, cathedrals and crumbling city walls, there’s even an early 13th century castle dropped in the middle of it all. It’s surrounded by beautiful gardens that attract artistic locals, giddy kids and chilled-out tourists on sunny days. And with a bustling crafts scene, arts and comedy festivals, GAA hurling specialists (shout “Go the Cats” and the locals will love you), and wonderful old pubs, it’s pretty much got the whole city break thing covered.
It’s hard to whittle Kilkenny’s attractions down to just five, but here are a few to kick off any sightseeing tour.
Kilkenny is a celebration of quality food makers, restauranters, café/bar-owners and retailers whose passion and personality shines through, making Kilkenny a wonderful journey of discovery for people who love great food and warm hospitality
Kilkenny has no shortage of establishments in which to stop for a pint and a bit of craic. Most pubs provide food during the day and many have live entertainment at night. These include:
High Street in Kilkenny is jam-packed with souvenir shops, boutiques and craft shops. You will find a great selection of shops on High Street including Good’s where you will find high street stores like Principles, Dorothy Perkins, Oasis, Warehouse and Coast. It also has a cosmetics, accessory and footwear section. The McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre has over 50 top quality retail units including; Next, No Name, River Island, T.K. Maxx and Dunnes Stores. Newpark Shopping Centre and The Market Cross Shopping Centre are also popular shopping spots. MADE in Kilkenny Craft Trail Kilkenny is renowned as a creative hub with a vibrant craft industry. Discover authentic craft created by designer makers all over the county; using the mos tmodern techniques as well as preserving and developing age old methods. From the white furnace of the glassblower, to the traditional throwing wheel of the potter and the hammering of precious metal; each creating unique, functional and decorative pieces. Download a copy of the dedicated guide to discover Kilkenny’s craft culture for yourself - visit for more information
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