Kilkenny Attractions

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.

Places To See
  • St. Canice’s Cathedral

    Built between 1202 & 1285 it has been preserved in its original style and form. View the city and surrounding area from the 9th century round tower.

  • Rothe House

    A 16th century Merchants home. Open to the public as a Museum, displaying some of the 2,500 artefacts collected by the Society

  • Kilkenny Castle

    Kilkenny’s Medieval 12th century castle is one of the most recognised buildings in Ireland.

  • St. Francis Abbey Brewery

    Located in the City, on the site of the Franciscan Abbey which was founded
    in 1231.

  • Woodstock Gardens

    Situated alongside the beautiful village of Inistioge home to the film ‘Circle of Friends’ from the Maeve Binchy Book.

  • Kilfane Glen & Waterfall

    A pristine example of a romantic era garden dating from the 1790s. Untouched for 200 years, it is a picturesque paradise with a waterfall tumbling its way…