Castles & Cathedrals
The Club House Hotel Kilkenny
Built between 1202 & 1285 it has been preserved in its original style and form. View the city and surrounding area from the 9th century round tower.
A 16th century Merchants home. Open to the public as a Museum, displaying some of the 2,500 artefacts collected by the Society since its founding in 1947. The Gardens are also open to the public.
Kilkenny's Medieval 12th century castle is one of the most recognised buildings in Ireland. Set in 1830's
splendour with extensive gardens and parkland.
Located in the City, on the site of the Franciscan Abbey which was founded in 1231. Commercial brewing started in 1710 and it's Ireland's oldest Brewery. It has just recently opened to guided tours providing a pint of Smithwick's at the end! (over 18 years)
Parks & Gardens
Situated alongside the beautiful village of Inistioge home to the film 'Circle of Friends' from the Maeve
Binchy Book. Woodstock Gardens date back from 1740 and offer over 4 miles of footpath. The Monkey Puzzle walk is the largest and most mature avenue recorded in Europe. Tel: 056-779400
A pristine example of a romantic era garden dating from the 1790s. Untouched for 200 years, it is a picturesque paradise with a waterfall tumbling its way to a rushing stream and woodland paths leading to a cottage orné. Tiny bridges sit among
ancient trees, wild fox-gloves, ferns and other historically correct 18th century planting.
Originally part of the Demense of the 17th century Castlecomer House.The park includes 6km of woodland walking trails complete with picnic areas and two rainbow trout angling lakes. At the heart of the park is the visitor centre with its exhibition ‘Footprints in Coal' which explores the complete story of the Castlecomer coal from formation to extraction.
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny Providing a varied programme of professional and amateur dramatics, classical and contemporary music, opera and dance, together with regular exhibitions of paintings and photographs. The comfortable 328 seat theatre is an intimate venue for artists and audiences alike and plays an important role in the cultural life of Kilkenny.
The SET Theatre is the latest part of Langtons Hotel. Constructed in 2009 it is a state of the art venue which can hold 270
people seated and 350 standing/seated. A multipurpose room which can cater for music acts, comedy, film and conferencing amongst others.
A specifically commissioned state-ofthe-art opera house and home to the
world-famous Wexford Festival Opera.And with the new roads you will make it there and back in no time! www.wexfordopera.ie
A new state of the art multidisciplinary facility. The centre comprises a 294-seater performing
arts theatre. The VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre presents the work of a balanced mixture of local, national and international artists.
Held over the last weekend in April eachyear Kilkenny plays host to the best of roots-rock, alt-country and Americana acts.
A five day event taking place on the June Bank Holiday Weekend every year. Featuring a line up of comedians from Ireland, England,America, Canada, Australia and even as far away as Scotland! Burst with laughter throughout!
A ten day festival held in Augusteach year providing the best in music, art, theatre, craft, dance & literature. Feel the city come alive.
Heritage Week is a nationwide programme of events that celebrates our natural, built and cultural heritage. The theme of this years National Heritage Week is "Get into it. You'll get a lot out of it!".
The Kilkenny Celtic Festival is dedicated to encouraging a wider and deeper appreciation of all things Celtic, expressed in the Irish Language song, music, dance and even food. For a comprehensive schedule of Third-level Institutions world wide offering courses in the Irish Language.www.celticfestival.ie
October Bank Holiday WeekendSavour Kilkenny is a community celebration of all that is wonderful about our local food culture. Growing it, making it, cooking it, sharing it - it's all part of a rainbow programme of affordable events for the whole family. Savour
Kilkenny is more than a festival, it's a powerful grassroots movement that champions local food and builds on our heritage to create a food experience that you will only have here in Kilkenny.
Offering an unrivalled selection of Irish handcrafted gifts. The Centres unequalled
supplier list drawn from Ireland's most eminent Craftspeople and designers giving visitors a uniquely special shopping experience and allowing them to purchase the best of Irish crafts and design under one roof. A world renowned selection ofJewellery, Knitwear, Celtic Gifts, China& Crystal, Pottery & Glass, Home &Fashion Accessories and stunning one off contemporary design pieces.
The centre is renowned for showcasing emerging Irish Craftspeople and their unique work, respected and sought after all over the world. Open 7 days.
Castlecomer Estate Yard
Wandesforde family estate, Castlecomer Estate Yard is now a Contemporary Art &
Craft Centre and is home to a growing group of crafts people and artists with an extensive range of quality crafts from pottery, textiles, jewellery and paper making, to furniture restoration, art and photography. www.castlecomerestateyard.com
"MADE in Kilkenny" was set up to encourage the growth of the professional craft industry in Kilkenny, a county long known as a hub
of creativity, and to promote it as a shopping destination for authentic, handmade craft
in Ireland. All the craftspeople in ‘MADE in Kilkenny' make their own work using both traditional and modern techniques, and presenting you with beautiful pieces to drink and eat from, to carry and to store things in, to sit on, to admire, and to to adorn the body with! Further details available at www.madeinkilkenny.ie