Welcome to County Kilkenny


The county too is a delight, a place of rolling hills where you'll soon run out of adjectives for shades of green. Tiny roads navigate the valleys alongside trout-filled rivers, moss-covered stone walls and relics of centuries of Irish religious history. Shamrock-cute Inistioge village may be star of many a movie but it is the real deal, as are country towns such as Graiguenamanagh, Bennettsbridge and Thomastown. It's no surprise that so many artists and craftspeople have set up shop here.

Much of the county is easily visited on a day trip from the city, but you'll need your own wheels, as public transport is limited.


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County Kilkenny activities

$17.75 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Kilkenny Smithwick's Experience Admission and Ale Tasting

Make your own way to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny, roughly 1.5 hours from Dublin by car, at a time suited to you. Located in an old Victorian brewing building in Kilkenny City, the Smithwick’s Experience offers a fully interactive, multi-sensory journey through Smithwick’s history. On arrival, join one of the guided tours — which run regularly throughout the day and last approximately an hour — and trace the evolution of Ireland’s oldest beer brand, from its medieval origins right up to present day. Holograms, Franciscan monks and living portraits of John Smithwick and his family guide you through the tour. Discover how the Smithwick’s story dates back to the 1200s, when monks settled at St Francis Abbey, which functioned as a brewery for more than 300 years. Then, hear about the arrival of the Smithwick family in the 18th century. You’ll also learn more about the brewing process itself and have the chance to experience the texture, tastes and smells of the materials that go into creating the perfect pint of Smithwick’s ale. Finish your tour with a carefully poured pint (or a soft drink) at the bar before heading to the gift shop, where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.

$16.56 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kilkenny Ghost Walking Tour

The ghost tour is 1-hour long starting upstairs in Lanigans Bar and Restaurant at 8pm. Each tour will be guide by one of the characters (The Witch, Dr Death, Highwayman, Priest Hunter, the Monk or the Banshee).The tour takes you through the haunted streets of the oldest medieval city in Ireland. Starting with the curse of Sir Richard Shee along St. Marys Lane to St. Marys Church and graveyard. You will experience the first ever witch trial of the notorious Dame Alice Ketyler along with her accomplices, Petronilla and Basilia and her imp, or evil spirit, called Robin Artisson, to whom, in order to make the infernal thing obedient to all their commands, they sacrificed nine red cocks in the middle of the highway, and offered up the eyes of nine peacocks.If that’s not enough to spook even the bravest souls the tour takes us from the ghostly Kilkenny prison via Rothe house to the mysteries Black Abbey with its open stone tombs and up Black mill street St Marys Cathedral.As you make your way up chapel lane your will experience the ghostly presence of the highwayman, James Freney, the Irish Robin hood, the monk and the Dr. Death. Arriving at Kilkenny Castle visitors like those before them may encounter the white lady or even hear the screams of the Banshee herself.Arriving at the famous Johns Bridge visitors’ may see some of the ghostly shapes of the 16 people who fell into the river Nore when the bridge collapsed in 1763.

$35.49 Outdoor Activities

The Kilkenny Way: Ultimate Hurling Experience

International visitors have little or no knowledge of the national game and this activity is a great way of teaching all about Irish culture and heritage. You will learn all about the 3,000 year-old ancient Celtic games. You will gain entry into the Legends Hurling Museum where you will receive an in debt historical analysis of the history of the GAA and all its great players.Next, you will visit Nowlan Park, home of the famous Kilkenny Cats, for a tour of the stadium, and hit the pitch to experience the skills of the clash of the ash and see if you have what it takes to become a "Kilkenny Cat".

$9.47 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Medieval Mile Museum All Day Tour

Kilkenny - Ireland's medieval capital - is just a 1.5 hour drive from Dublin. The Medieval Mile Museum is a great starting point for your visit and will help you explore the narrow streets, covered laneways, soaring towers and stunning castle that make up Ireland's Medieval Mile.  Make your way to the museum, located right in the city centre in what was St Mary's Parish Church. On arrival you will be given an interactive audio guide, which will lead you through this 13th century church and graveyard, telling you stories of life and death in medieval Kilkenny. All the while surrounded by effigies, tombs and artefacts of the time, some of which have only recently been uncovered by archaeologists.  Younger visitors will have the option of using a child-friendly guide, incorporating a fun quiz. Finish your tour with a stroll through the graveyard where you can catch a glimpse of ancient vaults and burial chambers. Then visit the gift shop where you can purchase a souvenir of your visit.

$14.20 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Medieval Mile Museum Guided Tour

Kilkenny - Ireland's medieval capital - is just a 1.5 hour drive from Dublin. The Medieval Mile Museum is a great starting point for your visit and will help you explore the narrow streets, covered laneways, soaring towers and stunning castle that make up Ireland's Medieval Mile. Make your way to the museum, located right in the city centre in what was St Mary's Parish Church. You will meet your guide and spend approximately 1 hr with them as they bring you through this 13th century church and graveyard, entertaining you with stories of life and death in medieval Kilkenny. You will hear tales of knights errant, Irish princesses, the Black Death, warrior kings, master stone carvers and the Ten Tribes of Kilkenny. All the while surrounded by effigies, tombs and artefacts of the time, some of which have only recently been uncovered by archaeologists. Finish your tour with a stroll through the graveyard where you can catch a glimpse of ancient vaults and burial chambers. Then visit the gift shop where you can purchase a souvenir of your visit.

$149 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Experience Delightful Irish Cuisine During a Cooking Demo with Charming Locals

Richenda has held a deep fascination for food and cooking from the time she was a young girl! She loved to watch her mother throw a loaf of bread in their Aga, a traditional stove and oven that was the hearth of the family. Richenda studied at the Cordon Bleu in London and Switzerland before she returned to Dublin where she taught at the first Cordin Blue cooking school in Ireland. Richenda and her husband Michael live in a stunning 300-year old family home that Richenda inherited and which has been lovingly restored. She teaches professional cooking demonstrations in her traditional kitchen. Ask to take a peek at the famous Aga stove where you might get to bake a tart or bread! Avid travelers, Richenda and Michael enjoy authentic cuisine on their travels and are delighted to offer Irish cuisine with Richenda’s creative touch to travelers visiting Kilkenny, a charming Irish town south west of Dublin. Get a feel for true Irish hospitality and cuisine with this lovely couple.