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Rafter'S Gastropub

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Double or Twin Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Double or Twin Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Family Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Double or Twin Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi

Overview of Rafter'S Gastropub

Rafter'S Gastropub

3.0 star property

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room service
4 Friary Street, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, R95 VY62

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationShee Alms House3 min walk
  • Popular LocationKilkenny Castle5 min walk
  • Popular LocationButler House5 min walk
  • AirportKilkenny (KKY)7 min drive

Room options

About this area


Rafter'S Gastropub is located in Kilkenny City Centre, a neighbourhood in Kilkenny. Butler House and St. Canice's Cathedral are notable landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Kilkenny Golf Club and Callan Golf Club. Enjoy an event or a match at The Watershed, and consider making time for Gowran Park—a top attraction that's not to be missed.

What's nearby

  • Tholsel - 2 min walk
  • Kilkenny Methodist Church - 2 min walk
  • Shee Alms House - 3 min walk
  • Kilkenny Castle - 5 min walk
  • Butler House - 5 min walk

Getting around

  • Kilkenny Station - 12 min walk
  • Dublin Airport (DUB) - 85 min drive


  • Left Bank - 2 min walk
  • Truffles - 2 min walk
  • Petronella's - 2 min walk
  • Butcher's - 3 min walk
  • Rinuccini - 3 min walk

About this property

Rafter'S Gastropub

3-star guest house located in Kilkenny City Centre
Located close to Kilkenny Castle and Butler House, Rafter'S Gastropub provides free full breakfast, a rooftop terrace and a garden. Be sure to enjoy a meal at the on-site Irish cuisine restaurant. Free in-room WiFi is available to all guests, along with laundry facilities and a bar.
You'll also find perks such as:
  • A billiards/pool table, free newspapers and a TV in the lobby
  • Luggage storage, a front desk safe and barbecues
  • Coffee/tea in the lobby and smoke-free property
  • Guest reviews say good things about the family-friendly amenities and breakfast
Room features
All 16 rooms offer comforts such as free WiFi and room service. Guests reviews speak well of the spacious rooms at the property.
More amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with showers and free toiletries
  • Free infant beds and daily housekeeping



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks available
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


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

Parking and public transport

  • No on-site parking available

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast available daily
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar
  • Room service available
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Things to do

  • Billiards/pool table

Family friendly

  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Laundry facilities
  • Snack bar/deli


  • Free newspapers in reception
  • Front-desk safe

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Rooftop terrace


  • This property does not have any lifts


  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Free cots/infant beds


  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower


  • Flat-screen TV


  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11:30 AM

Special check-in instructions

There is no front desk at this property
The host will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Host will greet you


Pets not allowed (service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Free cots are available on request at the property

Payment types at the property

Important information

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
Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

This property does not have any lifts

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.

Property is also known as

Rafter Dempsey's
Rafter Dempsey's Inn
Rafter Dempsey's Inn Kilkenny
Rafter Dempsey's Kilkenny
Rafter Dempsey's House Kilkenny
Rafter Dempsey's House
The Rafter Dempsey's Guesthouse
Rafter Dempsey's Guesthouse Kilkenny
Rafter Dempsey's Guesthouse
The Rafter Dempsey's
RAFTER'S GASTROPUB Guesthouse Kilkenny

Frequently asked questions

Is Rafter'S Gastropub pet-friendly?

No, only service animals are welcome at the property.

How much does it cost to stay at ?

As of 9 Feb 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at on 1 Mar 2023 start from €120.00, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

How much is parking at Rafter'S Gastropub?

This property doesn't offer parking.

What time is check-in at Rafter'S Gastropub?

Check-in is from 3:00 PM - 11:30 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at Rafter'S Gastropub?

Checkout is at 11:30 AM.

Where is Rafter'S Gastropub located?

Located in Kilkenny City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Kilkenny Castle, Butler House and St. Canice's Cathedral. Kilkenny Golf Club and The Hub are also within 3 mi (5 km). Kilkenny Station is 12 minutes by foot.

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Rafter'S Gastropub and receive a full refund?

Yes, Rafter'S Gastropub offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Rafter'S Gastropub cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.




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Rating 6 - Okay. 18 out of 122 reviews" "
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Rating 4 - Poor. 14 out of 122 reviews" "
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Rating 2 - Terrible. 7 out of 122 reviews" "
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10/10 Excellent


Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Rafter’s is a lovely little pub and B&B. We were only there for one night, but it served our needs perfectly. Checkin was a breeze and we were able to grab a few pints once our luggage was sorted. The room was bright and clean. And the included breakfast in the morning was the perfect way to start our day. The only issue was the hunt to locate the electrical outlets. Impossible to find without help from James at the bar, who it should be noted was a wonderful help.
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2022

10/10 Excellent


Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

10/10 Excellent


Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2022

8/10 Good


Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Delightful first night in Ireland. Base of operation is in the pub - you pick up your room key there from owner. No arduous check-in process. We had wonderful lunch before heading out to explore Kilkenny. Gerry the innkeeper walked us up to our room. Accommodations pleasant - fresh - but room abutting street may bother some guests. Delicious breakfast on morning of check out. Again, this was one of the more charming places - go in with eyes open - town robust for young adults so know it may not be the most sound night. But worth it!
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

10/10 Excellent


Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great spot to view Kilkenny.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

8/10 Good


Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Loved my stay here! Friendly staff, walkable location. Lived up to my standards of "cheap and cheerful." No frills, but cozy and safe! Only "complaint" is that my room was overlooking the bar's patio, so it was mildly noisy. But that's part in parcel with pub accommodation. Just worth mentioning if you are looking for a quiet spot.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

8/10 Good


Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great staff and nice breakfast.
Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2022

8/10 Good


Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
It was very central young staff were exceptional and couldn’t do enough.Could of done with tea/coffee making facilities in room rather than down in bar where you had to pay.Thoroughly enjoyed the terraced area .all round brilliant
Stayed 1 night in Jul 2022

8/10 Good


Stayed 1 night in Jun 2022