Explore Kilkenny's Winding Streets

 

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Buskers playing on a street corner in Kilkenny

 

There is something about Kilkennys winding, narrow streets that make it perfect for rambling around. Cafes, bars and restaurants line these streets ideal for a spot of people watching.

 

Dining out in Kilkenny
Dining out in Kilkenny

 

 

Dining beside Nore
Dining at the Rivercourt hotel in Kilkenny, on the banks of the river Nore, with Kilkenny Castle in the background.

 

The Marble City

 

Pubs along a street in Kilkenny, The black and yellow flags are the Kilkenny colours.

 

Kilkenny is known as the Marble City. Not because of actual marble. Rather because of the type of black coloured limestone that lines its streets. Years of footfall have polish this limestone back. So when it rains, it causes the path to glisten like black marble.

The Medieval Mile

 

Canice Cathedral
Tombs in the 14th century Canice Cathedral along the Medieval Mile.

 

Running through the centre of Kilkenny city is the old part of the city or the Medieval Mile. It stretches from St Canice's Cathedral to an Angle Norman Castle. In-between youll find plenty of historic buildings from Abbeys, to Tudor Inns and the only example of a 17th century merchant house in Ireland.

 

Black Abbey
A mass in service in the Black Abbey on the Medieval Mile.

 

 

Rothe House
Located on the Medieval Mile - Rothe House is a 16th-century merchant's townhouse complex, and the only one of its kind in Ireland.

 

 

Craft and Design in Kilkenny

 

Street Gallery
A street gallery in Kilkenny City

 

 

Kilkenny Design
Kilkenny Design

 

Kilkenny is home to a vibrant craft community. As you wander along its streets youll find galleries, jewellers and potters shops everywhere. If youre looking to pick up a special gift when in Ireland, Kilkenny is the place to do it. Look for the MADE in Kilkenny label. Set up in 2009 to foster excellence in craft and encourage the growth of the industry. There is even a craft trail you can follow in to explore these various stores.

Kilkenny Castle

 

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Kilkenny Castle

 

The most striking feature in Kilkenny, is Kilkenny Castle. Richard de Clare, otherwise known as Strongbow, was the leader of the famous Norman invasion of Ireland. He built the first castle here in the 12th century. It became the seat of the King of Leinster, and in turn making it the capital of Medieval Ireland. The castle was bought by the Butler Dynasty in 1391, who would remain owners of the castle up until 1967. The castle was then sold to the Irish State for 50.

 

 

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The Victorian decorated interior of Kilkenny Castle

 

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The castle itself, was built upon over the centuries. With expansive beautiful gardens, its interior has been modelled in the Victorian style. A tour of the castle is definitely worthwhile.

 

Inistioge, Co Kilkenny

 

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The ten arch bridge in the scenic town of Inistioge.

 

Situated 25 miles south-eats of Kilkenny City, is the picturesque town of Inistioge.

A beautiful scenic town on the bank of the river Nore. The area is one of the most beautiful areas in Kilkenny. Its ten arch bridge is probably its most iconic structure. Built in 1765 after the last wooden structure was washed away in a flood in 1763.

With its tree lined town square and path way by the river. The town is perfectly suited to strolling around and taking in the beautiful scenery.

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