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Best things to do in Kilkenny

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Castle
“A 12th century Castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family. Beautiful day out for all the family and includes tea rooms and gift shop. Tickets for the guided tour start at €8 for an adult however you can also enjoy your own self guided tour. If you fancy more exploring it is conveniently located right in the heart of Kilkenny City centre which is rich in history. (30 minutes by car)”
25 locals recommend
Establishment
“Home to the Butlers of Ormonde for centuries. Beautiful location and gardens overlooking the river Nore. A must see on any visit to Kilkenny.”
21 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Really upmarket restaurant but early bird really good value and quite an experience. Food is amazing. ”
16 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“See local silversmiths and potters at work, visit the craft gallery and grab a bite to eat at their cafe. Shop the best of Irish craft & design!”
10 locals recommend
Castle
“Fantastic medieval castle set in a beautiful park with lovely walks and an excellent playground. Something for all the family.”
4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Lovely restaurant situated where the stables of the castle were and what is now the Kilkenny Design Centre.”
2 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Excellent exhibitions of Irish and international design and crafts run all the time in the National Craft Gallery in Castle Yard across the road from Kilkenny Castle. Each year these include the show of works produced by the graduating class from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's Ceramics Skills and Design Course, typically sometime during July-August. The works on display are often on sale.”
2 locals recommend
Route
“A place to take a break from city life sit and relax. Organic and Craft Market every Thursday am”
1 local recommends
Restaurant
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1 local recommends
Premise
“Good local and Irish craft shops and a nice restaurant/cafe upstairs. Also the national craft gallery of Ireland is based there along with some good craft makers and galleries.”
1 local recommends
Travel Agency
“Great way to get to see all the major spots in Kilkenny. Hop on at Kilkenny Castle ”
1 local recommends
Establishment
“Visit the workshops of master craftspeople and bring away a unique gift to yourself”
1 local recommends