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    County Kilkenny sits to the west of Carlow, the River Suir forming its border with neighbouring County Waterford, and with the River Nore running through the county. Unlike many other Irish counties, Kilkenny is largely low-lying, with Brandon Hill rising 1,690ft in the south, near to the River Barrow.

    Kilkenny offers some of the loveliest countryside to be found anywhere in south eastern Ireland, whilst the county town is known to be Ireland's finest mediaeval settlement.

    Things to do in County Kilkenny

    Architecture plays a significant role throughout the county; not only is Kilkenny town noted for its mediaeval architecture, but Graiguenamanagh is home to the largest Cistercian abbey in the country – Duiske Abbey – whilst the ruined Jerpoint Abbey is noted for its exquisite stone carvings, tomb sculptures and well-proportioned embattled square tower.

    The county has a number of well established walking and cycling routes to delight visitors, whether your interest is in rural pursuits, architectural matters or with a sporting focus: The long distance Nore Valley Way runs for over 21 miles from Kilkenny to Inistioge. Meanwhile, many short local trails are available to help you to explore the towns and villages across the county: in the county town, the Canal Walk takes in the best views in and around Kilkenny Castle, whilst the grandly-named Rivers and Cathedrals Tour gives committed cyclists the opportunity to take in a route which encircles three ranges of hills, with the highest climb running to 240m; the tour includes the Castlecomer Hills, Dunmore and the slopes of Slievenamon.

    Top Destinations

    Kilkenny – Ireland's finest mediaeval town, Kilkenny is centrally located within the county, and built snugly on both banks for the River Nore; it is the smallest Irish city and the only one not to be positioned on a tidal river, estuary or coastline. The 12th century Kilkenny Castle was built at a strategic fording-point over the Nore, and was once a significant indication of Norman power and occupation; today it is seen as the signature symbol of the mediaeval town. A pretty humpbacked stone bridge leads up through the narrow streets which are laced with well-maintained buildings. Of a similar age to the castle, St Canice's Cathedral is the second longest cathedral in Ireland, whilst the adjacent 9th century Celtic Christian round tower is perhaps one of the finest examples of its type. Built of limestone in the Early Gothic style, the cathedral also contains some notable 16th century monuments. Also in the town, Rothe House is a unique 17th century Irish merchant's townhouse, which is of national importance due to its particularly excellent condition; the three house complex includes enclosed courtyards and an orchard, and was constructed in the English Renaissance style by the wealthy John Roth Fitz-Piers around the year 1600. Today the building acts as a local history museum. Known as 'the marble city' because of the locally-mined limestone, which is polished to a deep black shine throughout the town, Kilkenny seems to gleam with civic pride.

    Bennettsbridge – The arched stone bridge over the River Nore is now adjacent to a craft centre, with several potteries located at the old mill by the weir. The town itself was once the home of Stoneware Jackson Pottery, and indeed the highly successful Nicholas Mosse Pottery, which produces a famous range of Irish Spongeware, still operates from the town.

    Inistioge – Often used as a film location, this small but highly scenic village on the banks of the River Nore is celebrated for its well-kept historic houses and lawns, stunning arched stone bridge, and the fine, restored gardens within the Woodstock estate.

    ThomastownNow a lively market town on a stretch of the River Nore which is particularly noted for its trout and salmon fishing, Thomastown was once a small mediaeval walled settlement, founded at a strategic river crossing. The Irish Heritage gardens at Kilfern Glen date from 1790, and cover more than 15 acres of woodland walks and waterfalls. The ruins of the oblong-shaped 13th century Grennan Castle are also to be found just outside the town.

    Kells Priory – One of the largest and perhaps most impressive mediaeval monuments in the county, Kells is an Augustian priory, situated alongside the King's River, some 15 miles from the county town. A collection of mediaeval tower houses are enclosed within walls over a three acre site, giving it its local name of 'Seven Castles' and lending the priory an appearance of being a fortress rather than a place of worship. Although of national importance as a monument, today this magnificent site is largely populated by sheep.


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    This beautifully restored, detached former village school dates back to 1895 and offers a unique and interesting base from which to enjoy the stunning south Kilkenny countryside. Oozing character and charm inside, whilst ...
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    photo of Killure Wilde Retreat , Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, County Kilkenny
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    photo of Bolams , Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, County Kilkenny
    Countryside viewsSet on a little hillside under a mile from Thomastown, this single storey, detached holiday property has beautiful views overlooking the countryside, the River Nore and a castle ruin. There is a seating ...
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    photo of Mount Brandon 1 , Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny, Thomastown, County Kilkenny
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    photo of Backstairs View , Ballymurphy, nr. Borris, Co. Carlow, County Carlow
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    photo of Knockmoylan Cottage , Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny, Thomastown, County Kilkenny
    This traditional, detached stone cottage is located in an elevated position, with beautiful panoramic views over the picturesque South Kilkenny countryside. It is situated halfway between the historical tourist city of ...
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    photo of Upper Patrick Street , Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, County Kilkenny
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    photo of Mount Brandon 2 , Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny, Thomastown, County Kilkenny
    Brightly painted Mount Brandon terraced holiday cottages, set in beautifully maintained grounds, are just half a mile from picturesque Graiguenamanagh 'Village of the Monks', at the heart of which flows the River Barrow ...
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    photo of Waterfall Cottage , Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny, Thomastown, County Kilkenny
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    photo of Inistioge , Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny, Thomastown, County Kilkenny
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