Introducing Kilkenny City
Kilkenny (Cill Chainnigh) is the Ireland of many visitors' imaginations. Its majestic riverside castle, tangle of 17th-century passageways, rows of colourful, old-fashioned shopfronts and centuries-old pubs with traditional live music all have a timeless appeal, as does its splendid medieval cathedral. But Kilkenny is also awash with contemporary eateries and is a hotbed of arts, crafts and cultural life.
Kilkenny's architectural charm owes a huge debt to the Middle Ages, when the city was a seat of political power. It's also sometimes called the 'marble city' because of the local black limestone, which resembles a slate-coloured marble and is used on floors and in decorative trim all over town.
To avoid the crowds, try to visit on a weekday or sometime out of summer, when you're better able to appreciate the elegance and vibrancy that give the town (oops, locals insist on 'city') a timeless appeal. You can cover pretty much everything on foot in half a day, but sampling its many delights will take much longer.
Kilkenny City destination guides
Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin
See Irish castles, caves and cloisters on the Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin. Traveling by luxury coach, you'll head into Ireland's south-east region - an area as historically interesting as it is beautiful.