Kilkenny Castle is located in the heart of Kilkenny City in an area known as the “High Town”, beside the River Nore which runs through the town. It was built in the early part of the 13th Century for the 4th Earl of Pembroke and was home to the powerful Butler family for over 600 years.
Rothe House Kilkenny is a fine example of an early 17th century merchant’s house and is located in the centre of Kilkenny City. The house was built somewhere between 1594 and 1610 and is open to visitors. Is is also the centre for genealogy in Kilkenny and the Garden was opened to the public in 2008. The attraction is managed by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society and houses a significant collection of historical artefacts.
St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower has been a feature of Kilkenny City for over 800 years and well worth a visit when in Kilkenny. The Cathedral has two fine examples of stained glass windows from the Harry Clarke Studio and the Round Tower is the oldest structure in Kilkenny City. Visitors can climb the tower and enjoy great views of the city.
24th – 27th October 2014
Established in 2006 the Festival by a group passionate about food and in addition to a “Food Village”, there is also a number of fun events taking place around the city during the Festival.
6th – 09th November 2014
Moderated by some of our brightest and funniest standup comedians, Kilkenomics – Europe’s first economics festival.
24th to the 30th of December 2014
SUBTITLE is one of Ireland’s newest film festivals and features a wide selection of the best European films on offer. This November Kilkenny plays host to some of the finest films from a wide selection of countries and will make you look at European cinema in a whole new light.
Friday 1st May – Monday 4th May 2015
Since 1998 the Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival has featured some of the best known artists in this genre, including Bluegrass, Cajun, Blues etc…
Friday 7th – Sunday 16th August 2015
One of Ireland’s best loved arts festivals, with theatre, visual art, dance, street theatre and visual art all brought to life in Kilkenny City. The Arts Festival has been a key fixture in the city for over 40 years. The best Irish and International performances and performers have attended the Festival over the years.