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Our favourite sights to see in Kilkenny
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.
The Butler Gallery is the leading Contemporary Art Gallery and Museum in the South East of Ireland. Located in the basement of Kilkenny Castle, the gallery is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free of charge. For information about exhibitions and events please visit butlergallery.com
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!
See calcite formations formed over millions of years, listen to tales of Viking attacks and stories of Dame Alice Kyteler, the witch of Kilkenny.
Visit the only 17th Century merchant house in Ireland and explore the three houses now home to the Kilkenny Archaeological Society and Genealogical Centre.
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.
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.
Smithwick's Brewery Tour
Brewed in the city for 300 years, this tour gives you the chance to learn the brewing process and discover the history of the Smithwick family; all washed down with a good pint.
Just outside of the city in 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'.
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.