Bridgeview Guest House is a lovely quaint little bed and breakfast in the heart of Kilkenny City. We are located right beside the river in the shadow of Kilkenny Castle and close to all shops, restaurants and tourist sites. It offers a warm and friendly stay. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac, minutes from the City Centre. This Bed and Breakfast is in the shadow of Kilkenny Castle, with over looking views of the river Nore, it is an ideal weekend break.
All Rooms En-Suite
TV and Tea/Coffee facilities in all rooms
On Street Parking
Full Irish Breakfast
Minutes from City Centre
Free WIFI for Guest use
NB: If you'd prefer not to have breakfast then the rate is just €30 PPPN
Kilkenny is over 400 years old, but it sure doesn’t show its age. Yes, it's an awe-inspiring throng of medieval cathedrals, castles, abbeys and other massive stone buildings, but Kilkenny loves to party. An endless stream of arts festivals celebrating theater, comedy, bluegrass and dance is constantly pumping the city with new life, toe-tapping energy and international flavor.
LOOKING FOR THINGS TO DO IN KILKENNY?
Well look no further as Kilkenny city and county has so much to offer. For example, the city has many beautiful walking trails and tours to take. Spend some time visiting historic Kilkenny Castle, see the wonderful parks and gardens, do some shopping in the newly opened MacDonagh Junction shopping centre or find the craic in one of Kilkenny's finest bars and restaurants.
For some, it’s a spa treatment in luxurious surroundings. For others it’s a day outdoors in an idyllic setting. Choose from 5 star spa hotels to world-renowned golf courses, from beautiful walking routes to horse-riding, for that special way to unwind and recharge, you will find it here in Kilkenny.
For a different day out, enjoy a flutter at the races or get the adrenaline pumping at the karting track.
THINGS TO SEE IN KILKENNY CITY:
Rising above the Nore, Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland's most visited heritage sites. The first structure on this strategic site was a wooden tower built in 1172 by Richard de Clare, the Anglo-Norman conqueror of Ireland better known as Strongbow. In 1192, Strongbow's son-in-law, William Marshall, erected a stone castle with four towers, three of which survive. The castle was bought by the powerful Butler family in 1391, and their descendants continued to live there until 1935. Maintaining such a structure became a big financial strain and most of the furnishings were sold at auction. The castle was handed over to the city in 1967 for the princely sum of £50.
This is the best sort of ruin, where visitors can amble about whenever they like, with no tour guides, tours, set hours or fees. At dusk on a vaguely sunny day the old priory is simply beautiful. Most days you stand a chance of exploring the site alone (apart from bleating and pooping sheep).
The earliest remains of this gorgeous monastic site date from the late 12th century, while the bulk of the present ruins are from the 15th century. In a sea of rich farmland, a carefully restored protective wall connects seven dwelling towers. Inside the walls are the remains of an Augustinian abbey and the foundations of some chapels and houses.
This Dominican abbey was founded in 1225 by William Marshall and takes its name from the monks’ black habits. In 1543, six years after Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries, it was turned into a courthouse. Following Cromwell’s visit in 1650, it remained a roofless ruin until restoration in 1866. Much of what survives dates from the 18th and 19th centuries, but remnants of more ancient archways are still evident within the newer stonework. Look for the 13th-century coffins near the entrance.
Kilkenny Design Centre
Top-end Irish crafts and artwork for sale include items by artisans county-wide. Look for John Hanly wool blankets, Cushendale woollen goods, Foxford scarves and Bunbury cutting boards.
Follow a short flight of steps down to a candlelit basement to bliss out on Antonio Cavaliere's classical Italian cuisine, including his sublime spaghetti al astice (lobster tossed with pasta, shallots, cream, brandy and black truffle, doused with fresh parmesan, and served in the shell). There's a cute and romantic table in front under an atrium. Service wins plaudits.
The Butler Gallery in the basement of Kilkenny Castel is one of the country’s most important art galleries outside Dublin. Small exhibitions featuring the work of contemporary artists are held throughout the year. Also in the basement, the castle kitchen houses a popular summertime cafe. You can head directly to either the Butler Gallery or the cafe without paying the tour admission (website hidden) Mary's Cathedral
The 19th-century cathedral is visible from most parts of town. A plaque at the entrance notes: 'The construction of the cathedral began in 1843 and continued during the Famine years, the years of emigration, coffin ships, starvation, and even despair because of the many thousands of our people who died of hunger and disease…', before going on to list yet more tribulations.
The restaurant within this enormous, snazzy pub seems able to seat much of the town (certainly most everybody’s here for Sunday lunch). The food is quality trad Irish: never-ending bowls of boiled potatoes and desserts like toffee and brown bread pudding with hot butterscotch sauce. Regular dinner-and-show specials for around €40 are popular with locals and tourists (website hidden) Canice's Cathedral
Soaring over the north end of the centre is Ireland's second-largest medieval cathedral (after St Patrick's in Dublin). This Gothic edifice with its iconic round tower has had a long and fascinating history. Legend has it that the first monastery was built here in the 6th century by St Canice, Kilkenny's patron saint. Records show that a wooden church on the site was burned down in 1087.
The existing structure was raised between 1202 and 1285, but then endured a series of catastrophes and resurrections. The first disaster, the collapse of the church tower in 1332, was the consequence of Dame Alice Kyteler's conviction for witchcraft. Her maid was also convicted, and her…
O'Faolain's & Club 51
Built on three levels around a 16th-century stone church that was brought over in crates from Wales and painstakingly rebuilt here, numbered stone by numbered stone, O'Faolain's is a lively night-time spot year-round. Between Easter and October, Club 51 (admission free to €10), in a strobe-lit space out back, sees dancers getting sweaty on Saturday nights.
Ireland’s best surviving example of a 16th-century merchant’s house is the Tudor Rothe House. Built around a series of courtyards, it now houses a museum with local artefacts including a well-used Viking sword found nearby and a grinning head sculpted from a stone by a Celtic artist. The king-post roof of the 2nd floor is a meticulous reconstruction.
National Craft Gallery & Kilkenny Design Centre
Contemporary Irish crafts are showcased at this imaginative gallery in the former castle stables that also house the shops of the Kilkenny Design Centre. Ceramics dominate, but exhibits often feature furniture, jewellery and weaving from the members of the Crafts Council of Ireland. There are regular classes in pottery and jewellery making.
Behind the complex, look for the walkway that extends into the beautiful Butler House gardens of, with an unusual water feature constructed from remnants of the British-built Nelson Column, blown up by nationalists in Dublin around a century ago.
Entertaining, informative hour-long walking tours that meander Kilkenny's narrow lanes, steps and pedestrian passageways. Meet at the tourist office.
With its arched entry and stone steps, Butter Slip, a narrow and dark walkway connecting High St with St Kieran's St (previously called Low Lane) is the most picturesque of Kilkenny's many narrow medieval corridors. It was built in 1616 and once was lined with the stalls of butter vendors.
You'll feel you've slipped into a French country home as you enter from shadowy Butter Slip. The seafood comes from Dunmore East and the excellent meats are sourced locally. Good French vintages soon loosen the spirits and you'll feel in the midst of a highly successful dinner party.
Chef Garrett Byrne who gained fame and Michelin stars in Dublin is the genius behind this bold, stylish restaurant in his native Kilkenny. He's passionate about supporting local and artisan producers and he takes the goods and produces ever-changing, ever-memorable meals. There's a French accent to everything he does.
Leisurely lunches stretch until 5pm at this much-loved restaurant. Local organic produce is featured in dishes that emphasise what's fresh each season. The flavours are frequently bold and have global influences. Service albeit casual is excellent.
Dame Alice Kyteler's old house was built back in 1224 and has seen its share of history: the Dame had four husbands, all of whom died in suspicious circumstances, and she was charged with witchcraft in 1323. Today you can enjoy trad sessions in the basement and courtyard.
If yet another pint in an atmospheric pub is just one too many, take refuge at this smart wine bar. There's also a stellar range of craft beers and a fine selection of tapas.
Kilkenny Castle Parkland
About 20 hectares of parkland extend to the southeast of Kilkenny castle, with a Celtic cross-shaped rose garden, a fountain to the northern end and a children's playground to the south. The castle's former stables are now home to the intriguing Kilkenny Design Centre.
Marble City Bar
This stylishly mod bar manages to stand out. Usual bar standards like sausage & mash and fish & chips are elevated above the norm through the use of excellent ingredients. A lower-level café facing St Kieran's St has breakfasts, coffees and outdoor tables.
Near the Confederation Hall Monument is the ramshackle Grace's Castle, originally built in 1210, but lost to the family and converted into a prison in 1568, and then in 1794 into a courthouse, which it remains today. Rebels from the 1798 Rising were executed here.
Kilkenny City, Ireland Shopping › Shopping centre
Kilkenny is the regional centre for shopping. You'll find an interesting mix of chain and local stores along High St. Market Cross is a multilevel mall behind a row of High St shops. A flashy new shopping mall, MacDonagh Junction, is the largest in the region.
In a basement a few doors from the Kilkenny Tourist Hostel, this club usually doesn't really get cranking until around 22:00 (those who show up earlier get in free). DJs rule but there are also live acts many nights. Sunday nights get a barely-18 crowd.
Kilkenny City, Ireland Entertainment › Music
Kilkenny is the regional hub of clubbing. But here the club itself is an attraction: it's built on three levels around an old stone church that was brought over from Wales. There are live DJs most nights, starting around 22:30 and weekend club nights.
Black Freren Gate:
This is the only gate from the old Norman city walls still standing, albeit with the help of metal bracing to ensure the safety of those who pass through. Crumbling sections of the old walls remain throughout the central city.
Confederation Hall Monument:
On the corner of Parliament St and the road leading down to Bateman's Quay, this monument (really just a fragment) built into the Bank of Ireland marks the site where the national Parliament met from (phone number hidden). Nearby is the carefully restored Grace's Castle, originally built in 1210, but lost to the family and converted into a prison in 1568, and then in 1794 into a courthouse, which it remains today. Rebels from the 1798 Rising were executed here.
Organic porridge, granola with organic yoghurt and 'CYO' (create your own) sandwiches are just a few of the reasons locals squeeze into this hole-in-the-wall cafe. The owners have great personalities and you feel like a regular from the time you enter. Breakfast is served until noon.
Romantics can hold hands at the tiny tables in the tiny dining room and partake of the disproportionate wine selections at this seductive, rose-coloured French bistro. It’s spawned a second restaurant in Carlow town.
About 20 hectares of parkland in the Kilkenny Castle grounds extend to the southeast, with a Celtic cross-shaped rose garden, a fountain to the northern end and a children’s playground to the south.
Tynan's Bridge House:
Looking like it might fall down at any moment, this wonky Georgian pub is the best trad bar in town. To be sure, the 300-year-old building has settled a bit over the years, but then so have many of the customers.
Padmore & Barnes:
In a vast converted factory, the family-run outdoors store Padmore & Barnes has an unbeatable selection of well-priced camping equipment, hiking boots, wet-weather clothing and sports gear.
Shee Alms House:
Shee Alms House was built in sturdy local stone in 1582 by local benefactor Sir Richard Shee and his wife to provide help for the poor. It continued as a hospital until 1740 but now houses the tourist office.
The top theatre venue hosts drama, comedy and musical performances. If you're wondering why intermission lasts 18 minutes, it's so patrons can nip into John Cleere's pub for a pint.
There’s a postmodern sense of experimentation at this art-filled restaurant. Locally sourced produce is complemented by flavoursome accompaniments like wholegrain mustard, minted peas and celeriac purée.
The lowest-key bar in Kilkenny gets pretty lively when there's a hurling match screening. But most of the time you can ponder your pint and strike up a conversation with anyone – including yourself.
Break soda bread (well at least butter it up) and sip a range of coffees at this old-fashioned bakery and tearoom. Those filling, hot meals of your youth are here ready and (website hidden) John's Priory:
Across the river stand the ruins of this priory, which was founded in 1200 and was noted for its many beautiful windows until Cromwell's visit. Nearby Kilkenny College dates from 1666. Its students included Jonathan Swift and the philosopher George Berkeley, but it now houses Kilkenny's county hall.
Near St John's Priory, Kilkenny College dates from 1666. Its students included Jonathan Swift and the philosopher George Berkeley, but it now houses Kilkenny's county hall.
There's a good range of choices in Kilkenny but note that at quiet times, places often close by 20:30. Picnickers can pick up groceries from Dunnes Stores .
Kilkenny Book Centre:
The largest bookshop in town, stocking plenty of Irish-interest fiction and nonfiction, periodicals and a big range of maps. There's a good cafe upstairs.
In the belle-époque cellar of the Hibernian Hotel, DJs spin an eclectic mix for an upmarket crowd that actually cares about getting spilled on.
In this crowded little deli, takeaway sandwiches are assembled from choice, imported meats and cheeses (plus a few top-notch locals).
This sunny-sweet French spot does great tartines (open-faced sandwiches), soups and sweets plus blackboard specials at lunch. Breakfast is served until noon; dinner fixed menus start at €22.
One of Kilkenny’s finest venues for live music, this long bar has blues, jazz and rock, as well as trad music sessions.
The (City Hall) on High St was built in 1761 on the spot where Dame Alice Kyteler's maid, Petronella, was burned at the stake in 1324.
Matt the Millers:
Rose-coloured medieval mill with four bars over four floors plus crowd-pleasing bands and DJs.
A massive wave-design bar made from turquoise volcanic rock is the centrepiece of this local nightlife magnet.
Over 20 stalls selling local produce set up at Kilkenny’s farmers market.
YOU WILL TRULY LOVE KILKENNY!!!
I really enjoyed my stay at the Bridgeview Guest House. Fantastic location, warm and friendly host and quite at night. I highly recommend the Bridgeview Guest House. I hope to return someday.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about staying at Bridgeview with Eimer. She was an amazing host and was so incredibly helpful. As someone traveling alone she gave me many recommendations on places to see and eat and drink at, all of which were fantastic. She was very welcoming and even though I was the only one in the house, even made me a yummy breakfast on my morning there. I definitely recommend this place for people traveling through Ireland. Kilkenny was my favorite stop in Ireland and my great stay was a big part of that!
Eimer is a lovely host. From her very helpful directions to find the place, to the cups of tea and coffee on arrival... we could not have asked for a better host or room. The included breakfast was exceptional, and Eimer had plenty of excellent suggestions of what to do in and around town during our stay.
This was the cutest B&B. It was in the perfect location. Once we parked, we could walk everywhere. We arrived and was immediately shown the best hospitality. It was also very clean. I would stay here again if I were ever in Kilkenny in the future. It's great for a 1 - maybe 2 day trip. The bathroom was a bit tiny, but it worked fine for 2 female friends.
I couldn't say enough good things about the stay, they were sooo welcoming, thoughtful and nice.
Eimer's b&b was perfectly located, clean and quaint. She gave us great recommendations for food and drink. We saw her husband perform at a local pub and he was an incredible musician. Breakfast was delicious and the bed was extremely comfortable. However, please be aware of street parking regulations. Unfortunately, we weren't informed of the rules and got a ticket... Make sure you inquiry Eimer for instructions.
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