Kilkenny City & County.

Kilkenny is a fascinating medieval city, which celebrated 400 years of city status in 2009, but it has a modern cosmopolitan twist. Renowned for its history, wonderful buildings and architecture, the “Marble city” is built around a magnificent 800-year-old Norman castle that blends perfectly with the numerous beautifully restored buildings and tourist sites such as Black Abbey, St Kieran’s College and Roth House & Gardens.

Home to the National Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny City is also renowned for its thriving arts and crafts industries. Visitors will delight at the numerous craft shops scattered through out the city’s busy market streets and historic winding alleyways.

The “Marble city” also boasts numerous great restaurants, pubs and live music venues. The town frequently hosts a variety of festivals including the Kilkenny Rhyme & Roots Festival, the Cats Laughs Festival and the Kilkenny Arts Festival to name but a few.  The town also hosts the unique Kilkenny Trad Trail and the Blackstairs Opera – a three-day event at Kilkenny Castle.

For those who prefer a quieter life, head out into the countryside where gorgeous little villages dot the tranquil River Nore. And be sure to visit the numerous monastic settlements such as Jerpoint Abbey and historic monuments such as Killkeiran High Cross, St Canice’s Cathedral, Harristown Dolmen and Shankhill Castle.

There is a wide variety of other out door pursuits on offer including golf at the excellent Mount Juliet Golf Club, horse riding at Warrington Stud, fishing on the banks of the river Nore and a huge choice of marked walks and trails through the lovely Nore Valley. Gowran Park Racecourse hosts both national and flat races according to the season.


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