Attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Kells & Around

Kells Priory

This fortified Augustinian monastery is the best sort of ruin, where you can amble about whenever you like, with no tour guides, set hours or fees. Most days you stand a chance of exploring the site alone (apart fro…
Top Choice Ruins in Central Kilkenny

Jerpoint Abbey

One of Ireland’s finest Cistercian ruins, Jerpoint Abbey was established in the 12th century, with the tower and cloister dating from late 14th or early 15th century. It is famous for its unusually large number of m…
Historic Site in Central Kilkenny

Jerpoint Park

Jerpoint Park is a working farm on the site of a 12th-century medieval town, where 90-minute guided tours use cutting-edge archaeological techniques to reveal in detail the settlement that once stood here. This incl…
Gardens in Inistioge

Woodstock Gardens

The thickly wooded Woodstock Gardens is a beauty of a park with flower terraces, a walled garden, an arboretum, picnic areas, walking trails and a cafe. The panorama of the valley and village below is spectacular. F…
Historic Site in Kells & Around

Kilree Round Tower & High Cross

About 2km south of Kells (signposted from Kells Priory car park) there's a 29m-high round tower, an ancient church and a Celtic high cross, said to mark the grave of a 9th-century Irish high king, Niall Caille. He a…
Church in Graiguenamanagh

Duiske Abbey

This was once Ireland's largest Cistercian abbey, founded in 1204, and is still very much a working parish church. In the grounds stand two Celtic high crosses (7th century and 9th century), brought here in the last…
Ruins in Central Kilkenny

Kilfane Church

About 3km north of Thomastown on the R448 is a small, ruined 13th-century church and Norman tower, signposted 50m off the road. The church contains a remarkable, life-size stone effigy of Thomas de Cantwell called t…
Workshop in Central Kilkenny

Jerpoint Glass Studio

The nationally renowned Jerpoint Glass Studio is housed in an old stone-walled farm building where you can watch workers craft molten glass into exquisite artistic and practical items (demos on weekdays only, 10am t…
Museum in Bennettsbridge

Nore View Folk Museum

This is not your average museum. Seamus Lawlor is a passionate chronicler of Irish life and recounts fascinating facts about his private collection of local items, including farming tools, kitchen utensils and other…