See & Do Local Kilkenny Amenities

Hotel Kilkenny is situated 10 minutes walk from Kilkenny City Centre. With a remarkable collection of well-preserved castles, churches, monastic sites and winding narrow lanes, Kilkenny City is a graceful medieval town. It's also a national hub for crafts and design, and its streets are dotted with shops selling pottery, woodwork, paintings, and jewellery. Its lively pub-and-entertainment circuit, including much-loved comedy festival, makes this a top weekend getaway for the Irish. Its many charms make it exceptionally popular with locals and tourists alike. Read some excellent things to do in Kilkenny below.

Irelands Ancient East - Take a short break in Ireland’s Ancient East and visit places filled with quirky and memorable experiences. Your adventure through Ireland’s Ancient East awaits!

Medieval Mile Museum - Discover over 800 years of History at Kilkenny’s newest visitor attraction. Located in the heart of the city and the centre of Ireland’s Medieval Mile. Set in the 13th century St Mary’s church and graveyard we tell the stories of Kilkenny’s powerful patrons and inspired creators through the monuments and artefacts they left behind.

Black Abbey - A Dominican church, founded in 1225. The magnificent Rosary Window, is a stained-glass work of nearly 45 sq. m (484 sq. ft.) representing the 15 mysteries of the rosary, created in 1892 by Mayers of Munich. A must see and free of charge.

Dunmore Cave - This gloomy series of chambers, formed over millions of years, contains some fine calcite formations. Known to humans for many centuries, the cave may have been the site of Viking massacre in A.D 928.

Smithwick's Experience- Located in the heart of Ireland's Medieval Mile in Kilkenny city and Ireland’s Ancient East you will learn how this famous ale is made in Kilkenny and it’s amazing history story

National Reptile Zoo - Ireland’s only dedicated reptile zoo. Displaying over 100 animals and 50 species, from geckos to giant spiders, cobras to crocodiles. Located in Gowran Co. Kilkenny

Jerpoint Abbey - About 18km southeast of Kilkenny, this is an outstanding Cistercian monastery. Founded in the latter half of the 12th century. Preserved in a peaceful country setting, one of the abbey's highlights is a sculptured cloister arcade.

Castlecomer Discovery Park - Fun for all the family. Ireland’s longest over-water zipline and new Advanced High Ropes Course opened April 2016 adding to the existing Tree-Top Adventure Walk, Boating, Elf & Fairy Village and more

Jerpoint Glass Studio - At the last stop on the craft trail from Kilkenny to Stoneyford, you can witness the creation of Jerpoint Glass, which you've probably admiring all across Ireland. The lines of the glasses, goblets, and pitchers are simple and fluid, highlighted with swirls of colors.

KBowl - Located within The MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre. 

Kilkenny Castle - The castle stands majestically beside the River Nore. This landmark medieval castle was built in the 12th century

Kilkenny Cycling Tours - Enjoy a fun and easy paced two hour Guided Cycling Tour with Kilkenny Cycling Tours visiting historical and cultural sites around Kilkenny. 

Boat Trip - Enjoy a historic boat trip on the river Nore as it flows through Kilkenny City. 

Kiltoran Raceway - Kiltorcan Raceway caters for 2 and plus group sizes and offers race formats to suit most tastes.

Nicholas Mosse Pottery - In a former flour mill on the banks of the River Nore, this is the studio of internationally acclaimed Nicholas Mosse, a potter since age 7. Located in Bennettsbridge, County Kilkenny

Rothe House - Nestled in the centre of Ireland’s Medieval Mile, Rothe House and Garden is one of Kilkenny’s hidden gems

St Canice's Cathedral - Located at the northern end of the city, the church that gave Kilkenny its name. Built in the 13th century on the site of a 6th century church. Here you can climb the round tower overlooking the City. 

The Castle Express -Meander along the picturesque lanes and streets of Kilkenny and let the Castle Express take you on a nostalgic journey reminiscent of the gone steam train.

Tynan's Walking Tours - Local historian Pat Tynan leads you through the streets and lanes of medieval Kilkenny, providing historical facts and anecdotes along the way.

Kilkenny Activity Centre - Activities include Splatball, Bubble Soccer, Paintball, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Assault Course and loads of fun

Kilkenny Road Train Tours - A fantastic way to view the city is to take the Kilkenny City Road train. The tour starts at Kilkenny castle and brings you on a 30 minute tour the Medieval City

Hurling Tours Ireland  - Hurling Tours Ireland provide a unique experience for tourists in Co. Kilkenny. They are involved in giving tourists an introduction to the ancient national sport, Hurling.

Golf - Kilkenny is located in a golfing heartland. With many courses to choose from including Kilkenny Golf Club, Gowran Golf Club, Callan Golf Club and of course Mount Juliet Golf Course. Hotel Kilkenny can avail of special rates for all our guests so please let us know if you intend playing golf in the area during your stay and we would be delighted to book your Tee Times