About Kilkenny

Kilkenny is a medieval town in southeast Ireland. Its grand Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 by Norman occupiers. The town has deep religious roots and many well-preserved churches and monasteries, including imposing St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominican priory, both from the 13th century. It's also a crafts hub, with shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings, and jewelry. Set on the River Nore, Kilkenny is nicknamed “Marble City” after the local black limestone that's prominent in its architecture. It’s renowned for its nightlife, with plentiful and varied pubs and clubs. It’s home to Rothe House, a 17th-century merchant's townhouse complex that’s open to the public as both a museum and genealogical research centre. Its long-running Kilkenny Arts Festival and other annual cultural events are a major warm-weather draw. Gaelic games are popular, especially hurling, and the town has a championship team.
Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle is a castle in Kilkenny built-in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways. It was a symbol of Norman occupation and in its original thirteenth-century condition it would have formed an important element of the defenses of the town with four large circular corner towers and a massive ditch, part of which can still be seen today on the Parade.
St Canice's Cathedral

St Canice's Cathedral, also known as Kilkenny Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Kilkenny city. It is now one of six cathedrals in the United Dioceses of Cashel and Ossory. The cathedral contains some 16th-century monuments. The architectural style of the cathedral is Early Gothic and is built of limestone. It is richly endowed with many stained glass windows, including the East window which is a replica of the original 13th-century window. The cathedral contains some of the finest 16th-century monuments in Ireland.
Jerpoint Abbey

Jerpoint Abbey is a ruined Cistercian abbey, founded in the second half of the 12th century, near Thomastown, County Kilkenny. It was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. Jerpoint is notable for its stone carvings, including one at the tomb of Felix Ua Duib Sláin, Bishop of the Diocese of Ossory.
Black Abbey

Black Abbey of Kilkenny, Ireland, is a Catholic priory of the Dominican Order, dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity. Black Abbey was established in 1225 as one of the first houses of the Dominican Order in Ireland. The history of the Black Abbey is marked by several reversals of fortune under different governments.
Dunmore Cave

Dunmore Cave is a limestone solutional cave in Ballyfoyle, County Kilkenny. It is a show cave open to the public, particularly well known for its rich archaeological discoveries and for being the site of a Viking massacre in 928. Dunmore is not one of the largest of Ireland's caves.
Rothe House

Rothe House is a late 16th-century merchant's townhouse complex located in the city of Kilkenny. The complex was built by John Rothe Fitz-Piers between 1594 to1610 and is made up of three houses, three enclosed courtyards, and a large reconstructed garden with orchard. Rothe House is the only remaining example of its type in Ireland and considered to be nationally significant because of the range of original post-medieval features that survive.
St. Mary’s Medieval Mile Museum

The Medieval Mile Museum, located in the heart of Kilkenny City and is the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland. St. Mary’s Church in Kilkenny has been converted into the Medieval Mile Museum. The building is the starting point of the ‘Medieval Mile’ trail and houses the city’s Civic Treasures and displays many important carved limestone tombs and funerary monuments from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
Kells Priory

Kells Priory is one of the largest and most impressive medieval monuments in Ireland. The Augustine priory is situated alongside King's River beside the village of Kells in the townland of Rathduff, about 15 km south of the medieval city of Kilkenny. One of its most striking features is a collection of medieval tower houses spaced at intervals along and within walls.
Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny

Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny is a brewery-turned-brewery-tour located on the medieval mile in Kilkenny. The Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny is the site where Smithwick's was brewed from the 17th century until 2014. The site is now a brewery tour that includes the location's history, the brand evolution, a bar and tastings, visual effects including holograms, and a gift shop.
The Tholsel

The Tholsel on High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland was built in 1761 by Alderman William Colles as a place for collecting tolls but has also been used as a customs house, a courthouse, and a guildhall. It is used today as the city hall, and this is the name by which many local people know the building. It is used today as the city hall, and this is the name by which many local people know the building.
Best Time To Visit Kilkenny

The best time to visit Kilkenny is from June to August when the temperature is warm.

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