Visiting Kilkenny

What to see and do in Kilkenny, Ireland

Mention Kilkenny, and many people think of the beer. But take a tour of the abbeys, churches and monasteries of Kilkenny and you will soon have other ideas of what Kilkenny is all about. Kilkenny city is one of the most beautiful historic cities in Ireland that is the home of several abbeys and cathedrals dating from the early medieval times. One of the most impressive abbeys of Kilkenny is the Dominican Black Abbey founded in 1225. Having beautiful stainless glass windows and surrounded old medieval walls of the city, the Black Abbey is really a sight to see. Another main attraction of Kilkenny is the St. Caniceís Cathedral, as it dates from the same period as the Black Abbey and has been catalogued as the second largest cathedral in Ireland. One thing you will love about St. Caniceís Cathedral is that you have access to the Round Tower, a very unlikely thing to happen in the rest of the cathedrals across Ireland. All around these beautiful religious monuments you will be able to notice the fine architecture of Kilkenny in buildings such as St. Francis Abbey Brewery, St. Maryís Cathedral, St. Kieranís College, St. John the Evangelist parish church, St. Johnís Priory and many more. Overall, there is no city in Ireland that has so many medieval architecture buildings in Ireland.

Getting to Kilkenny

Kilkenny is in County Kilkenny, directly north of Waterford, and east of Limerick. It's about 1 and a half hour's drive from Limerick, the same from Dublin, and just 40 minutes from Waterford.

Moving on from Kilkenny

If you are heading towards Dublin after your visit to Kilkenny, then you should look out for Carlow and Athy, or just a little out of the way, see Abbeyleix. If you head south east, then you could check out Wexford and Waterford, or towards the south west, head to Cashel and Cahir.

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