Historic city of Kilkenny will surprise you with its preserved medieval character and colorful streets. It was named after a monk St. Canice, whose memory still recalls the local cathedral. It is famous for history, crafts, design and nightlife. Major festivals take place here throughout the whole year. It boasts the status of the host city of the world famous Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. The town is interesting from an architectural point of view as well, as buildings are built with the typical local black limestone, called Kilkenny’s marble, where its nicname come from – Marble city.
River Nore flows through the city of Kilkenny, where you can enjoy beautiful walks. Above the river, in the heart of the city center, there is the medieval castle from the 12th century. Kilkenny Castle is the main attraction of the city, which was inhabited until 1935 by the Butler family. It serves as a relaxing place. At one side there is a park with a fountain, at the other we can find a large grassy area, which is totally full by locals during the nice weather.
Another important monument is St. Canice’s Cathedral, considered one of Ireland’s finest Gothic buildings. The cathedral is richly equipped with many glass windows. Next to it is a round tower, which offers stunning views of the city. Do not miss a visit to both places and obtain a combined ticket.
Other sights include:
The Tholsel Hall, which dominates the main street (High Street)
Rothe House, a rich merchant’s house, who ruled for 300 years, the city, along with other families
Black Abbey, a Dominican monastery
View Historic city of Kilkenny – popular tourist destination in Ireland in a larger map