Explore the Medieval Mile in Kilkenny
Kilkenny was once the Medieval Capital of Ireland and has a
rich heritage running through the city’s streets and landmarks.
The Medieval Mile is a discovery trail through Kilkenny, linking St. Canice’s Cathedral close to Kilkenny Inn and a stunning Anglo-Norman castle with all sorts of medieval sights in-between.
Stepping through the centuries, you’ll see historic buildings, streets and slipways. You’ll pass a Tudor inn, a Dominican abbey blooming with stained glass, and the only example of an early 17th century merchant’s house in Ireland. From a visit to a recreated medieval garden to St. Canice’s Round Tower where you can take a glimpse inside the lives of the Butler family at Kilkenny Castle, there’s lots to see on the Medieval Mile.
In the 6th century, Saint Canice (who gives Kilkenny its name) founded a monastic settlement here. The oldest building in Kilkenny is the 9th century round tower which can be climbed, allowing for wonderful views of the city. Built in the 13th century and a showcase to ornate stonemasonry skills, St Canice’s is the second longest Cathedral in Ireland and boasts beautiful stained glass windows.
Strongbow, the legendary Norman invader, built a fort in the 12th century on the site where Kilkenny Castle now stands. William Marshall (4th Earl of Pembroke) fortified the city walls, built a stone castle on the site and consolidated the Norman's position of power in the city.
Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s most cosmopolitan cities, with a thriving festival scene and a warm, creative and fun population. A mosey down the Medieval Mile is as much an immersion in the sights, smells and sounds of the modern city as the heritage that set it on its way.
To get the most out of the historic attractions in Kilkenny, we recommend the Medieval Mile Pass.
This pass is widely available at a cost of €29, it provides free Admission To:
Kilkenny Castle, Rothe House, Smithwick's Experience, St. Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny Hurling Way, Kilkenny Cycling Tours, Castle Express Train, Kilkenny City Tours Train, Kilkenny Ghost Tour as well as discounted prices at a selection of cafes & restaurants and a free map of the Medieval Mile.