Kilkenny is a vibrant city in the South East of Ireland, renowned for its culture, cuisine and medieval castle. The cobbled streets of the city are dotted with trendy bars, designer shops and craft boutiques all overlooked by the majestic towers of Kilkenny’s 12th century castle on the banks of the river Nore.
Artists and artisans flourish in Kilkenny; it is home to the National Craft Gallery, housed in the heart of the city in the old stable yard of Kilkenny Castle. Those looking for adventure can follow well signposted cycling trails and scenic loop walks. The Made in Kilkenny craft trail and Taste of Kilkenny food trail are also extremely popular Kilkenny attractions.
Other Kilkenny attractions include the myriad of eateries, bars and music venues that make Kilkenny such a popular destination. Kilkenny festivals have been attracting visitors to the city for decades thanks to nightlife famous for traditional music, intimate comedy gigs and an eclectic mix of trendy and traditional bars and cafes. Annual festivals in Kilkenny include the Rhythm & Roots blues festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival and The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival.
The popularity of Kilkenny city lies not only in its history, cosmopolitan joie de vivre and artisan appeal, but in its accessibility, just one hour from Dublin airport and Rosslare port. Find out more about our location and directions to Lyrath Estate Hotel.