Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Kilkenny City

St Canice's Cathedral

Ireland's second-largest medieval cathedral (after St Patrick's in Dublin) has a long and fascinating history. The first monastery was built here in the 6th century by St Canice, Kilkenny's patron saint. The present…
Top Choice Castle in Kilkenny City

Kilkenny Castle

Rising above the River Nore, Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland's most visited heritage sites. Stronghold of the powerful Butler family, it has a history dating back to the 12th century, though much of its present lo…
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 Thomastown

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…
Cave in Northern Kilkenny

Dunmore Cave

Dunmore Cave is as famous for its history as for its beautiful calcite formations, and has yielded many archaeological treasures. Admission is via guided tour only, which leads down a steep descent to caverns full o…
Museum in Kilkenny City

Rothe House & Garden

Dating from 1594 this is Ireland's finest example of a Tudor merchant's house, complete with restored medieval garden. Built around a series of courtyards, it now houses a museum with a rather sparse display of loca…
Gallery in Kilkenny City

National Craft Gallery

Contemporary Irish crafts are showcased at these imaginative galleries, set in former stables across the road from Kilkenny Castle, next to the shops of the Kilkenny Design Centre. Ceramics dominate, but exhibits of…
Gallery in Kilkenny City

Butler Gallery

The Butler Gallery in the basement of Kilkenny Castle is one of the country’s most important art galleries outside Dublin. Small exhibitions featuring the work of contemporary artists are held throughout the year. A…
Historic Site in Thomastown

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…