Things to see and do - Kilkenny
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Kilkenny Travel guide
Kilkenny : Michelin's recommendations
Set on the banks of the Nore, Kilkenny, the county town, is the most outstanding medieval city in Ireland. The castle and the cathedral dominate the town centre from either side, where the narrow alleys still follow their medieval paths (walks organised by the Tourist Office). Its historic legacy, carefully preserved with beautifully restored ancient buildings, is matched by a strong artistic tradition.
Tourist attractions Kilkenny : Things to see and do
Castle Rd. IRL - Kilkenny
This castle was built by William de Clare, Earl Marshal between 1192 and 1207. It is located on the most imposing bank of the Nore. The castle was then acquired by the Butler Family, earls and later dukes of Ormond, who lived here from the late 14C u..
Parliament St. IRL - Kilkenny
St. Francis Abbey Brewery is now owned by Guinness. It was founded in 1710. Monks were already brewing light beer there in the 14C.
Parliament St. IRL - Kilkenny
This is Ireland's only remaining Renaissance town house, built in 1594. It was used as a meeting place for political and religious leaders during the Kilkenny Confederation. Today it houses the local museum which exhibits, amongst other artefacts, le..
The Bridge, John Street IRL - Kilkenny
On the banks of the River Nore in the heart of the medieval city of Kilkenny, this 4-star Kilkenny River Court Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a 17-metre indoor swimming pool. Overlooking the city's 12th-century castle, The Kilkenny River Court Hotel h..
26, Patrick St. IRL - Kilkenny
Offering award-winning gourmet cuisine, a tapas bar, and a deli-cafe, Zuni Hotel is situated right in Kilkenny’s medieval centre. With free parking, it provides elegant, boutique rooms. Fine dining is offered in the strikingly decorated restaurant, ..
John Street IRL - Kilkenny Kilkenny
In the heart of Kilkenny, The Kilford Arms Hotel offers free parking and comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms and Satellite TVs. Kilford’s White Oak restaurant serves the best of local produce. Most rooms have baths and all provide tea/coffee m..
7 Parliament St IRL - Kilkenny
A former bank in the town centre: a high-ceilinged, airy space with a bright, fresh look which matches the style of the cooking. Unfussy dishes use quality local produce, including pork and vegetables from the experienced chef-owner's farm.
5 The Arches, Gashouse Ln. IRL - Kilkenny
Stylish, relaxed restaurant with vibrant, contemporary art and smart booths, hidden close to the railway arches, away from the city centre. Modern cooking has a classic base, and familiar combinations are delivered with an assured touch. Popular earl..
College Rd IRL - Cill Chainnigh
IRL - Thomastown
Classical hotel restaurant consisting of two grand rooms with beautiful stuccowork, overlooking the River Nore. Accomplished cooking uses ingredients from the estate, the county and the nearest coast. Original, modern dishes are well-prepared, attrac..
26 Patrick St IRL - Cill Chainnigh
Small wood-furnished café-bar opening out into a chic, light, modern restaurant with mirrored walls, leather panels and a heated terrace. Eclectic modern menus of Irish produce; desserts are a high point. Comfortable black and white bedrooms continue..
1 The Parade IRL - Cill Chainnigh
Set in the basement of a townhouse and named after the 17C papal nuncio, this family-owned restaurant is well-known locally. Classic Italian cuisine with homemade ravioli a speciality. Some tables have views through to the wine cellar.