Once the medieval capital of Ireland, Kilkenny City has a rich medieval heritage visible throughout its narrow and cobbled streetscapes, and historical buildings and landmarks.
Ireland’s Medieval Mile runs from ‘Castle to Cathedral’ in the City and this discovery trail is an ideal way to enjoy the compactness of Kilkenny City on foot. Linking the 13th Century St Canice’s Cathedral and the Anglo-Normal castle, the Medieval Mile takes in everything in between.
Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland’s most iconic and historic sites, year-round tours are available, and the parkland of the castle has 50 acres to explore. Just a stone’s throw away is the Kilkenny Design Centre filled with beautiful Kilkenny crafts.
From the magnificent Castle to the enchanting Rothe Gardens to St. Canice’s Round Tower which at 30m is one of only three climbable towers in Ireland and the Medieval Mile Museum which was formerly the 13th century St Mary’s Church.
The Smithwick’s Experience just a five minute walk from Kilkenny Castle, have guided tours running at regular intervals throughout the day, bringing visitors on a journey from the medieval origins of brewing and include a glass of Ireland’s most popular ale!. (currently closed until further notice)
Outdoor Kilkenny is a Kilkenny Tourism CLG initiative designed to enhance the tourism experience for the county. This website is concerned with promoting Kilkenny’s outdoor offering to domestic and international tourism markets.
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