County Kilkenny is a beautiful and ancient county where history, modern living and rich culture fuse together across an unspoiled landscape.
Home to Ireland’s Medieval Mile and recent winner of the Irish Tidy Towns competition, Kilkenny City offers a wealth of visitor attractions and experiences from Kilkenny Castle to St. Canices Cathedral and everything in between. Visit historic buildings, towering cathedrals, winding slipways and much more; all within an exciting cosmopolitan and culturally alive city renowned for its fine dining, great shopping and entertainment.
The County area offers a number of fascinating attractions, from Viking tales and natural formations at Dunmore Cave, to celebrated monastic settlements such as Jerpoint Abbey
. If you are looking for a destination with a view, Kells Priory is one of Ireland's largest and most impressive monumental buildings and definitely worth a visit.
Kilkenny’s many pretty towns and villages have a relaxed atmosphere and feature in a number of locally developed trails for crafts, walkers, food lovers and cyclists hence why its the first choice of holiday resorts in the UK
for so many. Golfers are spoiled for choice with a range of challenging courses, including the famous championship course at Mount Juliet
Horse racing enthusiasts are also well catered for at Gowran Park which holds prominent national fixtures throughout the year. Kilkenny is celebrated as Irelands festival and event hub, and plays host to some top national festivals as well as some of the most entertaining community festivals in Ireland. Kilkenny was awarded the Fáilte Ireland Tourist Town of the year 2013.
Kilkenny was also voted the friendliest city in Europe and the 9th friendliest in the world by readers of “Conde Nasts Traveller” Magazine in 2013, just to add to its collection of admirable awards. If its medieval culture you’re interested in, our Knocktopher Abbey is the perfect destination to stay in order to explore the wonders of County Kilkenny.