Pembroke Picks

Our staff have tried and tested the best of the city's attractions and are happy to share their local knowledge and tips

In the City...
Medieval Mile

The Medieval Mile is a discovery trail running through the centre of Kilkenny city. It starts with the 13th-century St Canice’s Cathedral and finishes at Kilkenny Castle, with much more in between.

Kilkenny Castle
Just a stone's throw from our front door is the magnificent medieval Kilkenny Castle, home to the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years.

Butler Gallery
The Butler Gallery is the leading Contemporary Art Gallery and Museum in the South East of Ireland. Entry is free of charge. For information about exhibitions and events please visit

St Canice's Cathedral
Situated in the oldest part of Kilkenny City, St Canice's Cathedral dates back to the arrival of Christianity to this area. Brave the 7 flights of ladders to the top of the tower for breath-taking views across Kilkenny County. There are only two towers in Ireland that can be climbed, so this is not to be missed!

Rothe House
Step back in time and explore Rothe House & Garden – Ireland’s finest example of a 16th-century merchant townhouse. Wander through the beautifully presented houses and cobbled courtyards, before stepping into the restored garden – a peaceful oasis amidst the bustling streets of Kilkenny.

Smithwick's Experience
Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny is a multi-sensory experience that immerses you in the history of Ireland's oldest ale. Harvested from our land, seasoned by our history, Smithwick’s has been brewed in Ireland since 1710. Enjoying your favourite Smithwick’s Ale, while one of our local staff explains what makes it so unique, makes this one of the most enjoyable tours in Ireland

Hurling Heroes Monument
See the ‘clash of the ash’ come to life on Canal Square with a statue dedicated to the legendary Kilkenny hurling team who have won a mighty 36 All Ireland Championship titles. G’wan the Cats! Learn to play the ancient Irish sport of hurling in the home of hurling, Nowlan Park, with the Kilkenny Way.

Kilkenny Cycling Tours
Follow Jason on a fully guided tour of Kilkenny City, taking in the scenery and attractions as you go and cycle long Kilkenny's famous Medieval Mile.

Trail Kilkenny
Whether it’s a quiet stroll by the river or a hike up to the highest peak in Kilkenny to view the breathtaking scenery from the mountaintop, there is an activity trail to suit your ability. Don't miss the Themed Trail options such as the Food & Craft Experience Trail to meet Kilkenny's food producers.

Horse Riding
Take to the gallops at Warrington Equestrian Centre (city) or Mount Juliet (Thomastown, 20 min drive from city)

Reptile Zoo
Visit Ireland's only reptile zoo! Plan your visit at The National Reptile Zoo

In the County...
Dunmore Caves

See calcite formations formed over millions of years, listen to tales of Viking attacks and stories of Dame Alice Kyteler, the witch of Kilkenny.

Castlecomer Discovery Park
80-acre activity park with walking trails, ziplines, tree-top walks, climbing wall, Octagon, boats, archery, kids' play areas, fishing lakes and a canopy walkway. Perfect for a fun day out!

Ballykeefe Distillery                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Discover the origins of Irish Whiskey at Ballykeefe Distillery. Be educated and entertained as their expert tour guide takes you back through the ages of Irish whiskey to where it all began at its birthplace. The tour will be a journey through every part of the Ballykeefe operation, which has revived the lost traditions of a family farm distillery, with a unique commitment to environmental protection, carbon neutrality and sustainability. 

Nore Valley Farm
Take time out and stroll around the pet farm and allow the children to play in an interactive and relaxing setting. Bottle-feed lambs or goats and cuddle chicks and baby rabbits, fed the donkeys, as well as learning about the Irish heritage of farming.

Bennettsbridge Crafts
Bennettsbridge is home to ‘Moth to a Flame’ candle makers and the world famous ‘Nicholas Mosse Pottery’. Pay a visit to both to see first hand how these stunning candles and pottery pieces are made. If you’re lucky you might even get to have a go! Browse the beautifully decorated shops for the perfect Irish gift before you leave.

Woodstock Gardens
Just outside of the city in the nearby village, Inistioge, you will find Woodstock Gardens where you can explore the monkey puzzle avenue, pack a picnic and visit the filming location of the popular 'A Circle of Friends'.

Jerpoint Glass
In Stoneyford, Co Kilkenny, meet Rory Leadbetter and his family, take a seat in the workshop and watch them blow glass, transforming it into incredible one of a kind pieces before your eyes.

Jerpoint Abbey
An OPW national monument, Jerpoint Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey and is one of the most complete ruins to be found in Ireland.

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall
Untouched for 200 years, it is a picturesque paradise with a waterfall tumbling its way to a rushing stream and woodland paths leading to a cottage orné.

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