What better way to kick start the summer than making some exciting travel plans. If you want to visit a city with heritage, culture, shopping and outdoor adventures, Kilkenny is the perfect spot for a break this summer. You’ll find friendly locals, gorgeous scenery, a fascinating medieval past and delicious food here, as well as world-class accommodation in our boutique accommodation in Kilkenny. Here are some of the fantastic things to do in Kilkenny this summer:
Outdoor AdventureIf you have a great sense of adventure, Kilkenny has plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. You will find everything from a relaxing round of golf and family park visits to adventurous boating trips, or exciting zip-lines and kayaking. Enjoy a day on horseback at Warrington Top Flight Equestrian Centre. Kids and adults alike will love the Kilkenny Airsoft Centre and Laser Combat. To learn more about the sport we’re famous for, enjoy the Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience or stag and hen parties will love the Kiltorcan Raceway. There’s something for everyone!
Cat Laughs Comedy FestivalThere is nothing like the roar of a live crowd. After two years of missing out, we are delighted to welcome back live events to Kilkenny including a national favourite – the Cat Laughs. Each year, thousands of people make a comedy pilgrimage to Kilkenny to enjoy a show from their favourite or an up-and-coming comic. Taking place on the June Bank Holiday weekend, Cat Laughs is one of the most popular festivals in Ireland. There is a mixture of top names and grassroots performers perfecting their sets in this non-recorded festival. You’ll see acts from all over the country on stage and attending hilarious shows in various locations around the city.
Kilkenny Arts FestivalAnother notable annual event in the Kilkenny diary is the formidable Kilkenny Arts Festival. Founded in 1974, the festival has brought together musicians, performers, writers and artists in Kilkenny to gather, catch up, share ideas and stories and educate visitors. For two days from 4-14th August, the city becomes a hub of art and culture with churches, castles, courtyards, townhouses and gardens becoming settings for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists. It’s a busy fortnight in Kilkenny so book accommodation at Pembroke Kilkenny Hotel if you want a convenient location and excellent value for money.
Shopping in KilkennyDid you know that Kilkenny is one of the easiest cities in Europe to navigate on foot? Shopping in the city ranges from designer names to independent & boutique shops, all within a stone’s throw of each other. Butterslip Lane is one of the prettiest parts of the city where you can enjoy quaint shops and artisan cafes; perfect to spend a sunny afternoon browsing or avoiding a summer shower. Kilkenny has a great range of shops selling clothing, accessories, shoes and more, ideal if you love a mixture of high street and high-end clothing.
800 Years of History at Kilkenny CastleOne of the most popular visitor sites in the city, Kilkenny Castle is the perfect summer stop on your Kilkenny itinerary. Walk Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile ending in the beautiful grounds of Kilkenny Castle, a perfect place to enjoy a stroll or to sit and enjoy the summer sunshine. Explore the grounds set on 50 acres with a rose garden, fountain, woodlands and duck pond, or enjoy a tour of this historic castle where you can learn more about the collections and former residents. A trip to Kilkenny Castle should be on everyone’s Kilkenny bucket list.
Accommodation in KilkennyIf you’re looking for fantastic accommodation in the heart of Kilkenny, offering excellent special offers and top-class dining, Pembroke Hotel is your perfect accommodation choice in Kilkenny. Explore Kilkenny’s finest medieval attractions, Kilkenny shopping and more from your perfect central base. Stop to refresh in Mint Medispa or refuel with breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks in Statham’s Restaurant. Can’t make up your mind? Our Pick & Mix offer gives you a little of everything with €50 to spend in any part of the hotel. Book your summer break soon to avoid disappointment in what promises to be a busy summer in Kilkenny.
Our best available rates and special offers are only available when you book your stay directly on our website. We look forward to welcoming you to Kilkenny this summer.