This superb castle is located on elevated ground beside the river at the south-eastern end of the city. The castle was built in the thirteenth century on the site of an earlier fort. The Butlers, the Earls of Ormonde (an Hibernicised Norman clan), occupied the castle from the fourteenth century onwards. In modern times, the castle has been restored to its former glory by the state, and was officially open to the public in 1976. There is an exhibition hall open to the public in the Old Castle Stables.
St. Canice's was erected in the thirteenth century, and is accessible from Irishtown via St. Canice's Steps. The cathedral features a magnificent tower that offers impressive views of the city. The cathedral evolved over the centuries and was unfortunately damaged by Oliver Cromwell's troops in the seventeenth century. This Kilkenny landmark features a fascinating collection of monuments and tombs dating from the Tudor era.
Located in the heart of Kilkenny City, there's no better place to plan your trip around Ireland's Ancient East than from here in the unforgettable setting of Kilkenny's Medieval Mile. You'll find the Smithwhicks Brewery in the heart of this beautiful city. They are less than a 10 minute stroll from the iconic Kilkenny Castle, and are very proud to be part of Kilkenny's famous Medieval Mile.
This magnificent sixteenth century Tudor town house is situated on Parliament Street. Built in 1594 by John Rothe, the building consists of three houses with courtyards. Rothe House currently houses the museum and library of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society. Within the museum there are a number of exhibits including period costume displays and a genealogical centre.
A well-developed Show Cave and exhibition centre. Admission is by guided tour only. Open 7 days a week until 31st Oct. with tours commencing at 9.30am. During winter months tours only on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays or by appointment.
Shee Alms House is situated in Rose Inn Street and was founded in 1582 by Sir Richard Shee. The purpose of these institutions was to take care of the poor, and this Tudor Alms House is one of the last remaining buildings of its type still in existence in Ireland. The building has been recently restored and now accommodates the Kilkenny Tourist Office.
80-acre activity park with walking trails, kids' play areas, fishing lakes and a canopy walkway.