Kilkenny Tourist Attractions




Main County Kilkenny Tourist Attractions





Edmund Rice Centre Callan

Edmund Rice Heritage Centre at Westcourt, Callan, Co. Kilkenny Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers, was born to Robert and Margaret Rice, prosperous tenant farmers, at Westcourt, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, on 1 June 1762. Click for more .....

St. Canices Cathedral and Round Tower in Kilkenny City

St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower is a must see when you visit the Medieval City of Kilkenny. The Cathedral was founded in the 6th Century and named after St. Canice, the name Kilkenny in Gaelic “Cill Chainnigh translates as Church of Chainnigh or Canice. The Cathedral boasts wonderful stained glassed windows and very unique stone carved tombstones with can be viewed within the Cathedral. Click for more .....

Smithwick Brewery

Smithwick?s St. Francis Brewery is one of the highlights of the great city of Kilkenny and only a short walk from the centre of this enchanting medieval city. Smithwick?s St. Francis Brewer y is the oldest brewery in Ireland started by John Smithwick over 300 years ago in 1710 and nine generations of Smithwick men have worked here all their lives but long before this the Franciscan monks were brewing here from as far back as the 13th Century.Click for more .....

Kilkenny Crystal

Founded in 1969 by Patrick Clancy, Kilkenny Crystal is Ireland?s oldest Family-owned Crystal Studio Workshop. The use of traditional techniques means that the crystal is likened to antique quality. Kilkenny Crystal workshop is situated in Tinnamona just outside Callan just 16km from Kilkenny City. Crystal design is a true craft and each piece is given care and time to create. Click for more .....

Cushendale Woolen Mills

For generations the Cushen family have continued to produce high quality Irish-made textile products at our mill in Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny. We pride ourselves on our ability to craft natural-fibre textiles made with mohair, Irish wool and merino lamb?s wool. These natural fibres and the skills acquired through many generations enable us to produce a broad range of home furnishings, fashion accessories, knitting yarns and fabrics. Quality is the defining priority in every aspect of a Cushendale Woollen Mills product, from natural-fibre raw material selection through to product finishing.Click for more .....

Mount Juliet Estate

The magnificent 1,500 acre Mount Juliet Estate is situated just outside Thomastown and is nestled in the beautiful surroundings of County Kilkenny. Featuring an 18 hole Championship Golf Course, a state-of-the art Equestrian Centre, a luxury Spa and Health Club, as well as Archery, Angling, Clay Pigeon Shooting and beautiful walks. This property is an ideal venue for a variety of clients ranging from the leisure guest to the incentive group. Mount Juliet House Steeped in heritage, Mount Juliet House is a beautiful 18th Century Georgian Mansion overlooking the picturesque River Nore. Click for more .....

Nore Valley Park

At Nore Valley Park we aim to make your visit with us wholesome and enjoyable for everyone. We are situated in a picturesque, peaceful valley overlooking the river Nore 2 miles outside Bennettsbridge, yet only a 15 minute drive away from the Kilkenny city. We have a wide variety of animals to see and enjoy, regular farm animals and the more exotic e.g. ostrich and deer. Visitors can bottle feed, lambs or goats and hold rabbits etc. Our 2 mile River walk is an enjoyable experience for all the family and also includes a nature trail. Click for more .....

Black Abbey in Co. Kilkenny

The Abbey of the Most Holy Trinity locally know as the Black Abbey was founded in 1225, 267 years before Columbus discovered America. It gets its name from the black capes which the Dominicans wore and is the only Dominican foundation in Ireland to have survived on its original site. In 1543 King Henry VIII confiscated the abbey and turned it into a Court House but 60 years later the people of Kilkenny seized it and returned it to the Dominicans. Click for more .....

Kilkenny Castle

A 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parkland which was the principal seat of the Butler Family. Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the 'High Town' of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles.Click for more .....

The Butler Gallery in Kilkenny

Housed in Kilkenny Castle, the internationally renowned Butler Gallery has a central role to play in the cultural life of the city and county of Kilkenny boasting a collection that traces the development of Irish art from the 1800s to date. The gallery established in 1943 has developed a reputation for its cutting edge contemporary exhibitions and the continued development of its collection. Click for more .....

Rothe House Co. Kilkenny

Rothe House & Garden, a historic house in Kilkenny, is the only example of an early 17th century merchant’s townhouse in Ireland. It is an important element of Kilkenny’s heritage. Rothe House is the centre for Irish genealogy in Kilkenny city and county, and you can research your Kilkenny family history with us.Click for more .....

Castlecomber Discovery Park

Set in the former gardens and stable yards of the Wandesforde Estate, visitors to the Discovery Park can enjoy both an indoor and outdoor experiences. You can soak up the beautiful nature & wildlife of the 80 acres of mature woodlands which has over 6km of walking pathways; relax and enjoy the thrill of catching rainbow trout on restored angling lakes. Click for more .....

Brod Tullaroan

Lory Meagher was a famous sportsman in the 1920s and 1930s that played Ireland’s national sport of hurling. He played hurling with his local club Tullaroan and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1924 until 1937. Meagher is widely regarded as one of the greatest hurlers in the history of the game.Click for more .....

Nicholas Mosse Pottery in Co. Kilkenny

Nicholas Mosse Pottery was established by Nicholas Mosse in 1976 after periods of training in England and Japan. His dream was to produce beautiful, functional pottery in the style of Irish Sponge ware. Irish sponge ware was the traditional pottery of Ireland used in the 18th Century. It was mainly made in simple honest shapes with a decoration applied with a cut sponge. Click for more .....

Dunmore Caves and Visitor Centre

Dunmore Caves are located off the N78 Kilkenny to Castlecomer Road, 10 km from Kilkenny City. Consisting of a series of chambers formed over millions of years, the cave contains some of the finest calcite formations found in any Irish cave. In 1967 a visitor centre and site museum were built. Known to man for many centuries it is first mentioned in the 9th century Irish Triads. The huge, imposing entrance, has been known for centuries, but it is only comparatively recently that it has been fully explored. Click for more .....

Shankill Castle and Gardens

Shankill Castle is situated in Paulstown just 15km from Kilkenny City on the N10 old Kilkenny to Carlow Road. Visitors are invited to walk in the grounds and gardens, and there are guided tours of the house. Dating from the 17th century, Shankill Castle has some wonderful features such as the ornamental canal, which has been recently restored. Click for more .....

Nore View Folk & Heritage Museum

The Nore View Folk Museum is located just 6 kilometres from Kilkenny City and is situated on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Bennettsbridge, overlooking the silvery waters of the river Nore, surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland, including Mount Leinster and the Black Stairs Mountains.Click for more .....

St. Marys Church Gowran

In the centre of Gowran village is the historic St Marys Collegiate Church which contains monuments from the 14th to 17th centuries. This collegiate church was built in 1225 on the site of an earlier monastery. Some fine effigies and tombs can be seen here, including what may be the tombs of the 1st and 3rd Earls of Ormonde. Click for more .....

Duiske Abbey and Visitor Centre

Duiske Abbey, now the Catholic parish church, but once the church of a 13th century Cistercian monastery, founded in 1204, the remains of which have been incorporated into the building. Duiske Abbey, the largest of Irish Cistercian monastery churches and whose buildings encompassed much of the town, began to fall apart in 1536 when it was suppressed. Although the monks continued to occupy it for many years, it gradually fell into ruin. The last tragedy was in 1744, when the tower collapsed into the nave. Click for more .....

Jerpoint Abbey and Visitor Centre

Jerpoint Abbey is another of Co. Kilkenny?s wonderful attractions. In 1180, the King of Kingdom of Ossory, moved the monks of the Cistercian Order to the present site where he constructed the abbey, probably on the site of an earlier Benedictine monastery built in 1160. The abbey continued to flourish until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. In 1541 the abbey became a favorite place of sepulture with all the great families in the surrounding country. Click for more .....

Knockroe Passage Tomb

The Neolithic passage tomb at Knockroe while being smaller and less well known as Newgrange, is still quite impressive and important. Situated just 40 minutes from Kilkenny City off the N76 Kilkenny to Clonmel road on the R698. The monument known locally as 'The Caiseal' has two passages on the southern side. The eastern passage has a cruciform chamber with a sill stone towards the front of the passage. Click for more .....

Kilfane Church & Cantwell Fada

This 13th century church, now in ruins, has an adjoining castellated presbytery or stone house. There are traces of the original consecration crosses to be seen, the ogee headed doorways, remains of the altar, sedilia and book rest. In addition, the church has an adjoining original 3-storey fortified presbytery and bell tower worthy of exploration. Inside the ruined church on the North Wall is the effigy of a Norman Knight in full armour - a Cantwell warrior. It is referred to as Cantwell Fada and this effigy is the tallest of its kind in Britain or Ireland. Click for more .....

Jenkinstown Woods & Garden

Jenkinstown Wood was once part of the large estate of Bryan ? Bellew and is situated just 10km north of Kilkenny off the Castlecomer N76 road. The old house build in the late 18th Century is long gone having been so badly designed and constructed, fell just a short time later. There is now a private newly remodelled house with a purpose built Chapel wing on this site. The remnants of 1870s parkland have survived, including rare Necklace Poplars. Click for more .....





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