Make the most out of your stay at Pembroke Kilkenny and explore our beautiful hometown
Offering 4 star accommodation in Kilkenny, we are right in the heart of the action. We are a stone's throw away from a number of historical sites and some of the best shops, bars and restaurants in Kilkenny. Whether you want to take a sunny stroll, drive further afield or cycle around the city, there's plenty to see and do for all ages in and around this fantastic city.
Our staff have tried and tested the best of the city's attractions and are happy to share their local knowledge and tips. Pop by Reception for a complimentary map and other information including our Driving Routes brochure - recreate journeys taken around Ireland's Ancient East by our Statham-Ford Special racing car in the 1930's.
For more information about out city's rich heritage, in-depth local knowledge and a library of incredible images visit Historic Kilkenny.
- By foot
The original Anglo-Norman stone castle was built for William Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke (c.1146-1219) during the thirteenth century. The Pembroke Hotel boasts wonderful views of the historic Kilkenny Castle.
A popular and enjoyable way to get to know medieval Kilkenny departing from 16th century Shee Alms House, Kilkenny Tourist Office. The leisurely stroll involves the heroes and villains of the city's chequered past, while you explore the lanes, streets and stories of this remarkable city.
- By bike
North Kilkenny Cycle Route (83km)
Stretches some 83km and the trail begins in Ballycannan. The route, which is mainly along quiet country roads passes through Tullaroan, Freshford, Ballyragget, Castlecomer.
The signs are up along the route but the mapboards and route guide have not yet been completed.
East Kilkenny Cycle Route (65km)
Begins at Bennettsbridge and takes in Graignamanagh, The Rower, Inistioge and Thomastown before ending back at Bennettsbridge. The signs are up along both routes but the mapboards and route guides have not yet been completed.
South Kilkenny Cycle Route (110km)
The third and longest cycle route, the South Kilkenny Cycle Route, is 110km. The planned route starts at Thomastown and passes through Inistioge, New Ross, Kilmacow, Piltown, Knocktopher and ends in Thomastown. This route is still in the planning phase.
Bike rental in Kilkenny
A recent addition to Kilkenny is a bike rental business. This is a great way to tour the city or experience our cycle trails.
- By car
‘MADE in Kilkenny’ was formed in early 2009, and was set up to foster excellence in crafts in County Kilkenny, to encourage the growth of the professional craft industry and to promote the county as a shopping destination for authentic, handmade craft in Ireland. Kilkenny has long had the reputation for being a hub of creativity, and ‘MADE in Kilkenny’ was the next step. In this website, and on our brochure, you will find a guide to various designer-makers, and a map to help you find them.
Where history and science come alive only 25km outside Kilkenny City from The Pembroke Hotel.
The gardens, overlooking the River Nore Valley, offer the visitor a wide variety of attractions and are a most relaxing and beautiful environment in which to spend a day. It is about 6km from Kilkenny city.