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  • 1 Kilkenny Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castle Rd. IRL - Kilkenny

    This castle was built by William de Clare, Earl Marshal from 1192 to 1207, on the River Nore. The castle was then acquired by the Butler Family, Earls and Dukes of Ormond, who lived here from the late 14C until 1935. Despite modernisation during the ..

  • 2 St Canice's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The Close- Coach Rd. IRL - Kilkenny

    This cathedral stands on a small hill which could have been the site of a church founded by Saint Canice. The best approach is by St Canice's Steps. It was built in the 13C in early English Gothic style and has been restored on several occasions. Fro..

  • 3 Jerpoint Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    N 9 IRL - Thomastown

    The most interesting and least damaged Cistercian ruins in Ireland are found along the Little Arrigle River, near its confluence with the River Nore. The abbey was probably founded between 1160 and 1170 by one of the kings of Ossory, to be used by th..

  • 4 Duiske Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Abbey IRL - Graiguenamanagh

    The most outstanding element of this restored abbey is its high-pitched roof made of unseasoned oak and elm timbers whose joints are fixed by wooden pegs. The effigy of the Knight of Duiske dates from approximately 1300. It is one of the most impress..

  • 5 Black Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Abbey St. IRL - Kilkenny

    One of the few medieval churches in Ireland where mass is still said. This abbey was founded soon after 1226 for the Dominicans. The south transept is decorated with beautiful window tracery which dates from the early-14C. The most beautiful of these..

  • 6 Rothe House Interesting

    Museums and art

    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..

  • 7 Dunmore Cave Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Castlecomer Rd. IRL - Kilkenny

    Dunmore Cove, one of the biggest in Ireland, has some fascinating formations. At the Visitor Centre there is an explanation of this geological formation and its history. In 928 the Vikings massacred some 1 000 people in this place. Legend has it to b..

  • 8 Kells Priory Interesting

    Religious buildings

    R 697 IRL - Stonyford

    The ruins of this 14C and 15C priory, enclosed by a defensive wall, occupy a 2ha site near Kings. Still visible are vestiges of the original construction of 1193, when the community was founded by Geoffrey of Marisco and four Augustinian monks from B..

  • 9 Kilfane Glen and Waterfall Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    N 9 - Kilfane IRL - Thomastown

    This is fascinating and completely unusual garden, a late-18C romantic creation. Lost in a wooded ravine, it has been restored and linked in poetic counterpoint to more formal gardens and contemporary sculpture placed in the woodland. The precipitous..

  • 10 Camphill Community Watergarden

    Nature and gardens

    Lady's-Well St. IRL - Thomastown

    This lush landscaped garden is managed by a charitable trust working with people with special needs. It is laid out around a stream and in summer a profusion of exotic plants flourishes, thanks to the very mild microclimate. You can eat at the cafete..

  • 11 The Smithwicks Experience

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    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.

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