Overview of MacGabhainn's Backpacker Hostel

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3.8/5 Good
4 reviews
Guests rated this property 4.0/5 for cleanliness.


  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Pet Friendly
  • Kitchen


Explore the area

Popular LocationSt. Canice's Cathedral2 min walk
Popular LocationSmithwick's Brewery Tour4 min walk
Popular LocationRothe House4 min walk
AirportKilkenny (KKY)6 min drive

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  • Basic Double Room, 1 Double Bed, Non Smoking

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    • Sleeps 2
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  • Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room Ensuite

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    • Sleeps 1
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  • Bed in 4-Bed Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom

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    • Sleeps 1
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  • Bed in 6-Bed Female Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom

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    • Sleeps 1
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  • Triple Room, Shared Bathroom

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    • Sleeps 3
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  • Comfort Double Room (With Shower)

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    • Sleeps 2
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  • Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room Ensuite

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  • Triple Room (With Shower)

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About this area


MacGabhainn's Backpacker Hostel is located in Kilkenny. National Craft Gallery and Rothe House are cultural highlights, and some of the area's landmarks include Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Nowlan Park or Gowran Park Racecourse.

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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • St. Canice's Cathedral - 2 min walk
  • Smithwick's Brewery Tour - 4 min walk
  • Rothe House - 4 min walk
  • Black Abbey - 6 min walk
  • St Mary's Cathedral - 9 min walk

Getting around

  • Kilkenny Station - 12 min walk

About this property

MacGabhainn's Backpacker Hostel

Kilkenny hostel in Kilkenny City Centre, near Kilkenny Castle
Along with self parking, this smoke-free hostel has laundry facilities and a garden. Free continental breakfast and free WiFi in public areas are also provided. Other amenities include barbecues. All 10 rooms offer complimentary wireless Internet access, safes and showers.
MacGabhainn's Backpacker Hostel offers 10 forms of accommodation with a safe. This Kilkenny hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

Property amenities


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

Self parking: EUR 2 per day
Limited parking spaces

Food and drink

Free continental breakfast available daily 8 AM–10 AM

Family friendly

Laundry facilities



Guest services

Daily housekeeping
Laundry facilities
Luggage storage

Languages spoken



BBQ grill(s)


Smoke-free property

Room amenities


Shared bathroom

Food and drink

Shared kitchen access





Check-in between noon and 9 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:30 AM

Special check-in instructions

There is no front desk at this property
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival.


Pets stay for free

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property


Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Self-parking fee: EUR 2 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
    Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

National rating

This property does not have a Ireland Tourist Board rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.

Frequently asked questions

Is this property pet-friendly?
Yes, pets are allowed at this property.
How much does it cost to stay at MacGabhainn's Backpacker Hostel?
As of 4 Jun 2020, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at MacGabhainn's Backpacker Hostel on 7 Jun 2020 start from €54, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours over a 30-day period. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
How much is parking at this property?
Self-parking is available for EUR 2 per day. Limited spots are available.
What time is check-in at this hostel?
Check-in is from noon to 9 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
What time is check-out at this hostel?
Checkout is at 10:30 AM.
Where is MacGabhainn's Backpacker Hostel located?
Located in Kilkenny City Centre, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Canice's Cathedral and Kilkenny Castle. Grace's Courthouse and Black Freren Arch are also within 5 minutes. Kilkenny Station is 12 minutes by foot.

Guest reviews

5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor
Service and Staff
Property condition


  • Liked: Staff & service

Nice host , toilet facilities not ideal , room was left very damp by other guests . Room was comfortable

Stayed 1 night in Nov 2018

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

Ok, cool staff

Everything was good, except the breakfast. They don't have a "free breakfast" properly, they only provide some milk and cereal and you can use them to make your own meal, but it looks like a courtesy, not a breakfast. And the shower it a bit annoying, but it's pretty OK in general.

Stayed 1 night in Mar 2020


  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, room comfort

Hôtel proche du centre ville. Chambre agréable. Point faible: la salle de bain. Trop petite, sans aération.

Stayed 1 night in Nov 2018

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
  • Disliked: Room comfort

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Stayed 1 night in Nov 2018