Kilkenny City has so much to offer the visitor, not least a great selection of shopping options. From wonderful boutique shopping along the Medieval Mile to the larger shopping centres such as McDonagh Junction, quality Irish products in the Kilkenny Design Centre or the unique experience of visiting the studios of the craftmakers of the MADE in Kilkenny Craft Trail- there's so much to explore.
Listed below are just a sample of some of the shopping experiences to enjoy on a visit to Kilkenny:
Kilkenny Design Centre
The Kilkenny Design Centre is located minutes' walk from the KIlkenny Ormonde Hotel, opposite Kilkenny Castle in the heart of Kilkenny City centre. It is open 7 days a week and offers a selection of quality Irish and International clothes, crafts and household products. There are also a choice of daytime and evening dining options specialising in delicious home baking and dishes showcasing local produce avaibale in the Foodhall, coffee shop and restaurant. www.kilkennydesign.com. The studios of the Craft Yard and exhibitions at the National Craft Gallery are well worth a visit and are located immediately behind the Kilkenny Design Centre.
MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre
The shopping centre is located close to the city centre and only a ten minute walk from the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. The centre is open seven days a week until 6pm and late on Thursday and Friday. There is a great selection of shops on offer, such as H&M, Next and TK Maxx. There are also a great selection of cafes and restaurants to choose from. For more information visit theirwebsite. www.macdonaghjunction.com.
MADE in Kilkenny Craft Trail
MADE in Kilkenny Craft Trail was set-up in 2009 and is responsible for promoting and encouraging the growth of the craft sector in Kilkenny. Kilkenny has a strong craft base, reflecting all the major crafts from ceramics, to jewellery, textiles to glass-blowing. Visitors to Kilkenny can visit the craft shops and learn more about each skill or purchase some unique, hand-crafted Irish products. Perhaps one of the best know local producers is Nicholas Mosse for his ceramics. For more information on the Kilkenny Craft Trail visit their website – www.madeinkilkenny.ie.
For more inspiration check out www.visitkilkenny.ie