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Kilkenny – a beautiful and ancient city where history and modernity fuse together on an unspoiled landscape. The ancient medieval city of Kilkenny has protected its precious heritage whilst evolving as one of Ireland’s most vibrant small cities. Its narrow slipways, side streets and preserved buildings, are matched only by its reputation for fine dining, great shopping, entertainment and accommodation.

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The Blackbird Gallery

One of Ireland's most prestigious commercial galleries, The Blackbird showcases the very best of Irish and international contemporary art.
Adresse: Rothe House, 16 Parliament Street, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 87 784 3015
Åpningstider: Mon-Tue, Sat 11.00-17.00; Wed-Fri 11.00-16.00

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle, remodelled in Victorian times and set in riverside parklands. Once the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde, this fascinating building is located in the heart of Kilkenny City.
Adresse: The Parade, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 09.00-17.30

Rothe House and Garden

A unique, early 17th-century, Irish merchant’s townhouse and garden set in the centre of Kilkenny City, Rothe House and Garden is also the base of genealogical research for those looking to trace their Kilkenny ancestry.
Adresse: 16 Parliament Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 772 2893
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 10.30-16.30

National Design & Craft Gallery

Established by the Crafts Council of Ireland in 2000, this is the country's leading center for contemporary craft and design.
Adresse: The Castle Yard, The Parade, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 779 6147
Åpningstider: Tue-Sat 10.00-17.30; Sun 11.00-17.30

St. Marys Cathedral

St. Marys is a gothic revival-style Catholic cathedral that dominates the skyline of Kilkenny City. Taking inspiration from Norman architecture, the impressive house of worship was designed by renowned architect William Deane Butler in 1849.
Adresse: James's Street, Gardens, Kilkenny

Butler Gallery

Located in the interior of Kilkenny Castle, The Butler Art Gallery is a contemporary art space that exhibits emerging and established artists, both Irish and international. The gallery also has an expansive collection of 20th century art.
Adresse: The Castle, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 776 1106

Kells Priory

Kells Priory is one of the largest and most impressive medieval monuments in Ireland. This Augustine priory features a collection of jutting medieval towers, inspiring its local nickname: "Seven Castles".
Adresse: Kellsborough, County Kilkenny
Telefon: (353) 056 772 4623

Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny

Since 1710, Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale has been crafted and perfected in Saint Francis Abbey Brewery. Join a guided tour and get a flavour for some freshly-brewed ale.
Adresse: 44 Parliament Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 778 6377
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 10.00-17.00

Black Abbey

Established as a Dominican friary in 1225, the Black Abbey has seen plagues, sieges, and upheaval. Restored and opened as a public place of worship in 1864, the friary boasts stunning stained glass windows and interesting interiors.
Adresse: Gardens, Kilkenny

Dunmore Cave

10km from of Kilkenny City, history and geology superimpose to form a unique learning experience. The cave was described in one of the earliest Irish texts, The Traids, and has turned up archeological artefacts from almost two thousand years ago. Geologists won't want to miss the calcite cave formations, some of Ireland's finest.
Adresse: Castlecomer Road, Inchabride, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 776 7726

Kilkenny Road Train Tours

View historic Kilkenny city by road train. The daytime tour passes 15 historical sites while the evening tour takes a spookier tone - hear stories about Kilkenny's Ghosts and even try some witch's brew.
Adresse: The Parade, Dukesmeadows, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 87 677 8832
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 09.00-18.30

Pat Tynan Kilkenny Walking Tours

Enjoy a humorous and informative walking tour of Ireland's medieval city, led by a proud local of the medieval capital of Ireland.
Adresse: Rose Inn Street, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 87 265 1745

Medieval Kilkenny Stories Through Time

Medieval Kilkenny Stories through time is the city's first street theatrical Walking Tour. The tour starts from the Hole In the Wall on High Street, about a 10 min walk from Kilkenny Castle.
Adresse: High Street, Kilkenny

The National Reptile Zoo

Want to touch a snake or see a chameleon catching its prey? The National Reptile Zoo is Ireland's only reptile zoo and houses over 100 different species, from Alligators to Tortoise and Toads to Pythons.
Adresse: Demesne Road, Gowran, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 772 6757
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 10.00-18.00

Jenkinstown Wood & Walled Garden Walk

Enjoy a relaxing walk in the beautiful Wood & Walled Garden, just a 10-minute drive from the city. Both nature and history lovers will find something to admire: the forest floor is a carpet of bluebells in summer, and the route is scattered with old relics. Pass by a deer enclosure to and a garden commemorating Thomas Moore, whose lyrical poem "The Last Summer Rose" was inspired by these grounds.
Adresse: Jenkinstown, Co. Kilkenny

Kilkenny Boat Trips

Experience the medieval city as our ancestors did: by boat. Cruise down the historic river Nore and take in unique views of historic buildings - keep your eyes peeled for any wildlife! Tours leave every half an hour in summer only and are led by animated locals proud to share tales from local lore with visitors from near and far.
Adresse: Canal Square, John's Bridge, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Telefon: (353) 087 2061999


The award-winning Campagne Restaurant located on Gashouse Lane serves modern French food using only the very best of local and Irish produce.
Adresse: 5, The Arches, Gas House Lane, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 777 2858


Freshness and quality are paramount at this inviting café style bistro on Parliament Street. Produce sourced directly from the owner's own family farm is transformed into culinary delights at a reasonable price.
Adresse: 7 Parliament Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 777 7696

Italian Connection

Located in the heart of medieval Kilkenny City, Italian Connection is renowned for providing quality Italian cuisine at great value for money.
Adresse: 38 Parliament Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 776 4225
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 12.00-22.00

La Rivista

La Rivista Restaurant, located on Kilkenny city’s historic Parliament Street offers fine Italian dining inspired by a love of good food and fine wine.
Adresse: 22 Parliament Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 777 1666
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 17.00-22.00; Sun 12.30-21.00

La Trattoria

La Trattoria is a genuine piece of Italy in Kilkenny City centre. Located on John Street, La Trattoria serves the finest authentic Italian food using only the best ingredients.
Adresse: 84 John Street Lower, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 777 0907
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 17.00-22.30

Royal Spice Indian Restaurant

Royal Spice Indian Restaurant is a multi-award winning traditional Indian Restaurant in the heart of Kilkenny City. Experience a tantalising array of authentic Indian cuisine in a stylish and contemporary setting.
Adresse: 2 Water Gate, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 778 6010
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 17.00-22.00; Fri-Sat 17.00-23.00; Sun 14.00-21.30

The Grapevine

The Grapevine is a vibrant restaurant-cum-wine bar located on Rose Inn Street in the heart of Kilkenny city. Serving a diverse selection of international tapas, wines as well as Irish craft beers, this is a unique spot with heaps of character.
Adresse: 6 Rose Inn Street, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 771 2956

The White Oak Restaurant

The White Oak Restaurant in the Kilford Arms Hotel offers traditional food using locally sourced ingredients, served in relaxed and informal surroundings.
Adresse: 32-33 John Street Upper, Kilkenny,
Telefon: +353 56 776 1018
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–10pm

Zuni Restaurant

The award-winning Zuni Restaurant on Patrick Street prepares dishes using only the finest local ingredients, creating modern Irish flavours and tastes with hints and influences from around the globe.
Adresse: 26 Patrick Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 772 3999

Mug Shot Cafe

The Mug Shot Cafe is one of the most popular café’s in Kilkenny. Healthy menus created using the freshest of ingredients sourced from local suppliers cater for all tastes and dietary requirements.
Adresse: 25 James's Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 777 7798

Ground Floor Cafe

The Ground Floor Café on High Street in Kilkenny City is a popular daytime café serving homemade baps, panini, sandwiches and wraps along with a full selection of tray bakes and chocolate treats.
Adresse: 98 High Street, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 772 3522
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 09.00-20.00

The Pantry Patisserie

The Pantry Patisserie on Kieran Street in Kilkenny City is a busy day-time café famous for its Breakfast Special, as well as fresh and wholesome cooked food, home-made soups, and hot main courses.
Adresse: St Kieran's Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 776 2250
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 09.00-18.00

Pennefeather Cafe

The ethos of the Pennefeather Café, above The Book Centre on High Street in Kilkenny City, is to provide quality home cooked food in a fast and friendly environment.
Adresse: 10 High Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 776 4063
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 09.00-17.00

Kafe Katz

Kafe Katz is a small cosy café on Ormonde Street in the heart of Kilkenny City, that takes pride in the quality of its delicious and healthy yet affordable food.
Adresse: 3 Ormonde Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 775 6658
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 07.30-17.00; Sun 09.30-15.00

The Rising Sun

Built in 1644, The Rising Sun was once a Cromwellian era ‘ale house’. Today, the Rising Sun offers an all day food service including breakfast, carvery lunch, a bar menu and an a la carte menu.
Adresse: Main Street, Garrandarragh, Mullinavat, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 51 898 173

Kytelers Inn

Dating back to 1324, Kytelers Inn on Kieran Street weaves history and heritage with 21st-century amenities and service.
Adresse: St Kieran's Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 772 1064
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 10.30-23.30; Sat 10.30-02.00; Sun 12.15-00.00

Rafter's Gastro Pub

The Rafter's Gastro Pub is a charming Olde Worlde Bar and Lounge in the heart of Ireland's Medieval Capital. Warm yourself at the open Log Fire and fill your belly with delicious home-cooked foods.
Adresse: 4 Friary Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 772 2970

Matt The Millers

Matt the Millers Bar & Restaurant is situated right in the heart of Kilkenny City at Johns Bridge overlooking the River Nore and the castle. It has 5 floors, each with its own unique bar.
Adresse: 1 John Street Lower, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 776 1696

Lanigan's Bar & Restaurant

Lanigan's Bar and Restuarant on Rose Inn Street is a family-run establishment offering the finest traditional Irish cuisine. Enjoy both traditional and contemporary live music 7 days a week during the summer months.
Adresse: 29 Rose Inn Street, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 772 1718

Paris Texas Bar and Restaurant

Enjoy wholesome homemade food 7 days a week at the Paris Texas Bar and Restaurant. The best of Irish hospitality and entertainment are guaranteed.
Adresse: 92 High Street, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 776 1822

The Pumphouse

The Pumphouse is a spacious and friendly pub in the heart of Kilkenny city on Parliament Street. Live music is a part of the fabric of this place - enjoy traditional music sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in the summer season
Adresse: 26 Parliament Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 776 3924
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 12.00-23.30; Fri-Sat 12.00-00.30; Sun 12.30-00.00

Marble City Bar and Tea Rooms

With award-winning food served daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Marble City Bar and Tea Rooms offer extensive menus boasting the very best in fresh local Irish produce.
Adresse: 66 High Street, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 776 1143
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 09.00-22.00

Kilkenny Design Centre

Based in the medieval city, Kilkenny Design Centre is part of Kilkenny’s Castle, where the Kilkenny Design Workshops also take place. Staffed by bright, young international designers, craftspeople, design graduates and apprentices, their aim is to improve design and manufacturing standards in Ireland. The shop offers a wide range of goods: candles, glassware, home accessories, jewellery, pottery and much more.
Adresse: The Castle Yard, The Parade, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 772 2118
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 10.00-19.00

Jerpoint Glass Studio

Jerpoint Glass Studio is an Irish glass-blower and a true family business. If you come here, you can learn all about their glass makers’ studio and buy beautiful handmade glass gifts.
Adresse: Glenmore, Stoneyford, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 772 4350
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun 12.00-17.00

Market Cross Shopping Centre

Situated in the heart of Kilkenny city, Market Cross Shopping Centre is a big shopping mall that hosts the best known branded shops and retail outlets in Ireland. This place has also many services, including disabled accesses, friendly and helpful staff, bank link machines and a huge car parking for over 500 cars.
Adresse: High Street, James’ Street and Chapel Lane, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 775 2666

MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre

The McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre is a big shopping mall that has over 50 top quality retail units including Next, No Name, River Island, T.K. Maxx and Dunnes Stores. It has also a car park, many special offers, which vary the time of the year, and there is a number of dining and entertainment options for families and children.
Adresse: Hebron Road, Highhays, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 777 7600

High Street

If you don't want to stay inside a shopping center and would rather take a walk around the city, this street is perfect for local products and gifts. Running parallel to the river Nore, High Street in Kilkenny is the main shopping street and it is jam-packed with souvenir shops, boutiques and craft shops.
Adresse: High Street, Kilkenny


Located in the heart of the city, Goods is a big department store founded in 1927. This store is Kilkenny's premier fashion destination with over four floors full of stylish and beautiful things for women of all ages. It also has a cosmetics and accessory section.
Adresse: 88/90 High Street, Collegepark, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 772 2143
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 09.30-18.00

Best Time to Visit

Influenced by the Gulf Stream, Ireland has a mild temperature climate with summer temperatures generally ranging from 14 to 16 degrees Celsius(60-70 Fahrenheit). June through August is the best time to visit Kilkenny for people who like it warm and party-goers: some of Ireland's best festivals take place between May and August, like Kilkenny Roots Festival, a music festival that brings the city alive over the long weekend.


Ireland’s passport and visa requirements vary for different nationalities: if you are a UK citizen, you can simply use official photo identification, whereas if you are an EU citizen, you'll need a national identity card. Visitors from EU countries (including Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein), USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, don’t need a visa to visit the Republic or Northern Ireland. South African visitors can visit the Republic of Ireland visa-free, but they need a UK visa in order to enter Northern Ireland. If you're not sure whether or not to apply for a visa, we recommend that you contact the embassy or consulate in your country.

Kilkenny Airport

Kilkenny Airport is situated 2.8 km west from the city. It's a private airport and it's mainly used for parachuting activities or for flight teaching. If traveling by air, you are likeliest to be flying into Dublin and arranging onward transportation from there.
Adresse: Airfield Road, Dicksborough, Kilkenny

Public Transport

In Kilkenny there is a route for everybody! There are many transportation services in the city that provide journeys by bus and by train. The websites for buses are: The website for trains is:


Taxi is available round the clock, but prior booking is advised for links to buses, trains, ferries or flights. Additional information available at the link below.
Telefon: +353 087 77 77 6 77


There are many An Post offices throughout the city.
Adresse: 5 Irishtown, Gardens, Kilkenny
Telefon: +353 56 772 2719


Boots: 36-38 High St, Gardens, Kilkenny +353 56 777 1222 Haven Pharmacy O'Connell's: 4 Rose Inn St, Collegepark, Kilkenny +353 56 772 1033 Ayrfield Pharmacy: Granges Rd, Ayrfield, Kilkenny +353 56 771 2367


The standard voltage in the Republic of Ireland is 220 volts. Plugs are 3-pin flat, therefore adapters are required for 2-pin appliances. En-suite bathroom shaving points normally have 110 and 240 volt outlets.


Country Code: +353 Area Code: 056