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Kilkenny Highlights

Looking for a list of ideas of what to do in Kilkenny?

Kilkenny City and County offers visitors an array of historic sites, Castles, Abbeys, Irish High Crosses, forest parks and scenic drives all within striking distance of the Kilkenny Inn.

 › Kilkenny Castle

The main seat of the Butler family from 1391 until the present century.  An art gallery, cafe, extensive pleasure grounds and well equipped outdoor children's play area make Kilkenny Castle and ideal location to visit.

 › Rothe House Museum

One of Kilkenny’s hidden gems, Rothe House and Garden is just a 3 minute walk from The Kilkenny Inn and is the only such house of its type open to the public in Ireland. Built in 1594 by wealthy merchant John Rothe, who added to the late Tudor mansion as his family grew, the property has three houses with attractive cobbled courtyards in between and a stunning walled garden to the rear.

 › Dunmore Cave

A well-developed show cave consisting of a series of chambers, exhibition centre, guide service, steps, cat-walks and lighting - admission by guided tour only.

 › Kells Priory

An extensive, Augustinian Priory founded in 1193 adjacent to which is a large mill that now serves at a visitor centre and craft area.

›  Jerpoint Abbey

Lauded as the finest Cistercian monastic ruins in Ireland with a visitor centre, exhibition and guide service provided.

 › Irish High Crosses

There are a number of High Crosses, mostly dating from the 8th & 9th centuries to be found at Kilree, near Kells, Killamery, Kilkieran, Ullard and Duiske Abbey.

 › St Frances Abbey & Smithwicks Brewery

Located in the City, on the site of the Franciscan Abbey. It is Ireland’s oldest Brewery. The tour shows you how one of Ireland’s oldest ales is made and the history of the brewery and of ale. Take a stop for refreshments on your journey through the Ancient East, learn  about and sample an ale that has been perfected through centuries of experience.