I recently went to Kilkenny for a weekend. Absolutely loved the colourful cobbled streets and the medieval vibes which remain from its past. I have some recommendations of places to go things to see during your stay, so I put together this simple Kilkenny travel guide, so if you’re interested in visiting, keep reading!


Where to stay? Accommodation in Kilkenny

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We stayed in Hotel Kilkenny and Spa and booked through booking.com. It was great. The perfect walking distance from the city centre.  Plus you’ve got a pool and spa if you want a bit of relaxation time. I wish we’d made more use of that while we were there!

Our room was really big and so bright and clean. Also, the bed was unreal. There is a lovely bar and great breakfast options.


Where to eat in Kilkenny?

On our first day we ate in Paris Texas – a gastropub on High street. It was great. The menu has a bit of everything and it’s pretty affordable. I had a Mexican wrap while Eoghan enjoyed a burger. It was delish.

Coffee shops:

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Mocha Days Coffee House on st Kierans street. It is on a busy cobbled street lined with restaurants. It’s a small little place and was so nice. The majority of tables are outside So we got to sit out, eat, drink and people watch – what could be better!  It was the perfect break to rest after being on our feet for hours. The waitress was lovely too.

Ice cream in Kilkenny:

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Scrumdiddlys –It is an Irish brand open since 2012. The Kilkenny store opened in 2017. IT. IS . AMAZING! There are over 2300 combinations to choose from. We got a profiterole delight to share because they are huuuge portions and it was sooo good. Mmm thinking about it right now is making my mouth water.

Murphys – another Irish ice ream parlor. This one is a liiiiittle bit different. Murphys ice cream is made naturally, without any colourings or flavourings. They use fresh local farm milk, free range eggs, and organic sugar. Now if you’re looking for plain aul mint ice cream this might not be the spot for you. To give you an idea of flavours, I’ve been recommended by some to try their “Dingle Sea Salt and Brown Bread” ice cream!

Attractions : Things to do in Kilkenny

I’ve done a full post on “What to see when you Visit Kilkenny“. If you want more detail on the many attractions head over there. However as part of my Kilkenny travel guide, I’ve added a little bit on some of the attractions below.

Kilkenny castle – this impressive castle was first a wooden castle built in the 1170s while the first stone castle was built in twenty years later. The castle has been restored over the years and is surrounded by beautiful green lawns and woodland.

kilkenny castle, visit to kilkennyIn the old castle grounds is also the Kilkenny Design Centre and Butlers House and Gardens.

Cathedral – another historical site originating back from the 6th century. The round tower hear is the oldest structure in the city.

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Smitwicks brewery – home of Smithwecks – one of Ireland’s most popular ales.

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There are so many medieval sites around the city and there is also the Medieval Mile Museum for all the history peeps out there.


Kilkenny Entertainment

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Ballykeefe Amphitheatre – This hidden gem is 15 minutes drive outisde the city. We got to see villagers – the dublin band – play in this magical outdoor theatre. It is really worth it the drive out for the experience alone. The stage is surrounded by limestone benches and cushions are provided to rest your lil bottoms on. There is a food area which you would mistake for being at a festival, with picnic benches, food trucks and loos. To read more about that go to my “What to see when you visit Kilkenny” post.


Hole in the wall – This is a new music venue, sitting in the oldest standing town house in the city. It originates back to the 1500s. Didn’t I tell you Kilkenny was a great mix of old and new! The building has been fully restored and is now open again for the first time in over 100 years. It’s worth the visit.

Billy byrnes – we went to this pub on johns street upper. It was a bit of a hipster joint but was a cool experience there is a frickin double decker bus in the smoking area. IF you’ve ever wanted to sit on a moodily lit bus and drink with your pals, this is the place for you!

The left bank – This bar was really lively with tunes blaring. Good for a night out. I’d imagine it’s a hen and stag hot spot!


So there you have it, a short and sweet Kilkenny travel guide. You will enjoy this colourful city.


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