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Local Attractions and Activities

Kilkenny City, located at the heart of Ireland's Ancient East in the South East of Ireland, has so much to offer visitors and is a 'must visit' on the best destination bucket lists. From its rich Medieval history, to its bustling pubs and restaurants and its great selection of shops, craft sudios and galleries; whatever your reason for visiting you won’t be disappointed. The 4 star Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel is located in the heart of Kilkenny City and with a great selection of Kilkenny Hotel Breaks, it is the ideal base for exploring Kilkenny City.

Our 4 Star Kilkenny Hotel has a great city centre location, only a short 3 minute stroll to Kilkenny Castle, The Medieval Mile or the many shops and restaurants in Kilkenny City Centre.

During the summer months, why not make the most of the hotel’s great location and take a Family Picnic to the Castle Park. Picnic cost €30 for 2 Adults and 2 Children Available July and August. Please enquire at Reception.

We offer a great selection of hotel deals throughout the year, view some of our latest offers  – Kilkenny Hotel Breaks.


Tynan Walking Tours
Enjoy an hour’s walking tour through Kilkenny, accompanied by a humorous & informative guide. A popular way to get to know the medieval capital of Ireland & to spot the best shops to explore.
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Kilkenny Castle
Just a 3 minute walk from the Ormonde Hotel, a visit to the Castle is a must. Information packs provided on a self-guided tour with trained guides to assist along the way.
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Kytlers Traditional Irish Music Session
Mondays & Tuesday from 6.30pm teaches any visitor how to play the bodhrán (Ireland’s native drum) as well as interesting information about the history of the drum – might.. Free of charge.
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The Smithwicks Experience
Situated a short walk away this is a must see. With over 300 years brewing experience, let your senses come to life as you immerse yourself in the history of Irelands favourite ale. A multi-sensory
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Nicholas Mosse Pottery
Watch potters at work, browse in country shop and treat yourself to tea & scones. Open Mon – Sat 10-6pm, Sun 1.30-5pm. Official tours run Tues, Wed, Thurs, advance booking is required.
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The Kilkenny Hurling Experience
Experience firsthand the ancient Celtic game of Hurling. Visit Legends Hurling Museum. Introduction Video of the History of GAA, Tour of Nowlan Park. Bowl of fresh Irish Lamb Stew at Legends Hurling
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Jerpoint Glass Studio
You can really get close to the action! A small family fun glassblowing studio located in the picturesque valley of the Nore River.
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Kilkenny Cycling Tours
Enjoy an easy paced 2 hours, visiting historical & cultural sites around Kilkenny. Bikes for all ages, pre-booking advised but not essential. Tel: Jason: 086-8954961
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Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
The best weekend of your life awaits in Kilkenny this June Bank Holiday weekend! Comedic stars and stalwarts from all over the world running amuck in this little medieval city. A veritable melting pot
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