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Overlooking the town is Kilkenny Castle, which dates from the 12th century. The castle is situated on the banks of the River Nore and is surrounded by beautiful parks. Another major attraction is St. Canices Cathedral, a beautifully restored tribute to the 6th century monk after which Kilkenny is named. The tower is the oldest building in Kilkenny and one of two such towers in Ireland which can be climbed. Weather permitting, it provides incredible views over the city.
Kilkenny really comes to life in the evenings and weekends when locals and visitors alike hit the many pubs and restaurants to enjoy a pint of the black stuff, the friendly atmosphere and live music. The year is full of festivals of all kinds, covering everything from theatre to comedy to music and dance. In the summer, the city offers all kinds of street entertainment to accompany everything going on indoors. Exhibitions at the Butler Gallery and National Craft Gallery also contribute to the thriving local art and cultural scene.
The compact city centre of Kilkenny means you can easily explore it on foot. If you want to avoid masses of tourists who come here for festivals and events, you can visit on a weekday or off-season. If you have limited time, half a day is enough to see the main attractions. However, it's worth just wandering around for a while to soak up and simply enjoy the culture, history and merriment of that Kilkenny is so famous for.
Lovely hotel, good food and service. They were sure to take care of us even in the crazy covid 19 closures. Close to town center, Kilkenny Castle and the medevial mile. Wonderful city to visit.
Everything & everyone was perfect. The building. The staff. The rooms. All magnificent!
Excellent hotel, beautiful surrounding yet just a short distance from Kilkenny
the health spa and pool were not available and was not flagged at either time of booking or with the reminder 3 days before arrival, this is sharp practice and not a 5 star service
Very happy with hotel. Clean, modern decor. Kid friendly, friendly staff. Lovely pool facility. Rooms were cosy and comfortable. Lots of choice at breakfast time and very tasty.