Kilkenny city has become one of the most popular tourist spots in Ireland. What brings people to the medieval city of Kilkenny? We have put together a list of the bits and bobs Kilkenny city is best known for.
Kilkenny is a medieval town located in the southeast of Ireland. It is an extremely historical area home to many historical tourist attractions. Kilkenny has deep religious roots and is home to many churches and monasteries. Its grand Kilkenny Castle was built by the Normans in 1195. Historical tourist attractions include Kilkenny Castle, Butler House, Rothe House, St. Canice’s Cathedral, Dominican Black Abbey, to name a few.
Kilkenny is also known for its year-round colourful calendar of world-renowned festivals such as ‘Kilkenny Roots Festival’, ‘Savour Food Festival’, ‘The Cat Laugh’s Comedy Festival’ and ‘Kilkenny Arts Festival’. It’s the intimate size and bubbly atmosphere that makes Kilkenny the perfect spot for these festivals.
When it comes to hurling, Kilkenny is very well known by all hurling fans. They are the best hurling team in Ireland. Nicknamed ‘The Cats’, they have won the ‘All Ireland Championship’ 36 times. The streets of Kilkenny are covered in flags and statues showing their support and appreciation for the team.
Kilkenny produces some of Ireland’s finest beers. It’s home to the famous Smickwicks Experience. Kilkenny also offers local craft beer in many of its pubs.
Many people visit Kilkenny for one thing and one thing only, to go on the beer. Kilkenny has an extensive range of pubs to choose from small local pubs to big three-story mega bars. Choose from Matt the Millers, Langtons, Kytelers Inn, Billy Byrnes and many more.
Another thing that makes Kilkenny city unique is its selection of restaurants. Kilkenny is home to several award-winning restaurants such as Campagne, Rinuccini, Anocht, Zuni, and lots more! As well as high-end restaurants, Kilkenny has a vast array of beautiful little coffee shops, greengrocers, and delis.
After hearing all those positive aspects of Kilkenny city, we hope you consider popping down for a visit.