Explore – Kilkenny
A beautiful and ancient county where history, modern living and rich culture fuse together across an unspoiled landscape. The ancient medieval city of Kilkenny is today a thriving, modern capital that has protected its precious heritage whilst evolving as one of Ireland’s most vibrant and enjoyable cities in which to stay.
Things to do
Kilkenny’s rich history can be traced through its many historical buildings and sites. These sites include a number of important ecclesiastical sites such as the The Black Abbey, Kells Priory, Jerpoint Abbey and Tullaherin Church and Round Tower. More recent heritage sites include Woodstock gardens and house, Kilkenny Castle and the Lory Meagher Heritage Centre.
Throughout the city and county of Kilkenny, the visitor will find a host of craft and design studios and workshops. Renowned internationally for the quality of the craft produced in Kilkenny, the Kilkenny Craft Trail is the perfect way to explore the best of Kilkenny craft. The Trail features 9 retail studios and workshops in Kilkenny, and includes jewellers, potters, leather & wood workers, glass blowing as well as candle makers.
Parks & Gardens
Throughout the city and county of Kilkenny you will find an array of modern and traditional parks and gardens. In the city itself, the stunning castle park includes a duck pond and children’s playground as well as a formal rose garden and wild flower areas. Other highlights in the county include the superb Woodstock gardens and the Castlecomer Demesne.
Shopping with Style since the 12th century, Kilkenny has been a thriving cosmopolitan merchant centre. Today, Kilkenny offers a truly original and eclectic shopping experience that retains its sophisticated edge. As a centre of excellence for traditional and contemporary craft and design, Kilkenny has long been an important destination for those looking for pottery, offers an impressive collection of boutiques, craft shops and gourmet food stores as well as international high street brands.
Castlemorris Wood Walk Trail Guide
Two looped walks that start and finish at the Grand Gates which lies West of the villages of Newmarket and Hugginstown and east of the village of Kilmaganny in South Kilkenny.
Kilmacoliver Walk Trail Guide
This loop starts and finishes at the car park at the Watering Place – wildlife lakes fed by freshwater springs 1km from the village of Tullahought on the Kilkenny/Tipperary border.
The Islands Walk, Urlingford Trail Guide
A short walk through the hinterland of Urlingford. Park opposite the Library/courthouse on the Dublin side of town.
Sliabh Greine Loop
Start from the village of Mullinavat on the N9 between Kilkenny and Waterford. Coming from Kilkenny take the second left turn past the church. After 1.5km take the right turn and after 500m follow the left fork in the road. After 1.5m take the right turn at the T junction and park at the trail head.
Start from the village of Mullinavat on the N9 between Kilkenny and Waterford. Coming from Kilkenny take the second left turn past the church. After 1.5m take the right turn and after 500m follow the left fork in the road. After 1.5km take the right turn T junction and park at the trail head.
Mount Grove Loop
Start from the village of Piltown. Follow the R698 north, when the R698 turns left keep straight for 1.5km and take the right turn following the South Leinster Way sign posts, the trail head is on the left handside Scenic Walks Workbook