Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny is a medieval town in southeast Ireland. Its grand Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 by Norman occupiers. The town has deep religious roots and many well-preserved churches and monasteries, including imposing St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominican priory, both from the 13th century. It’s also a crafts hub, with shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings and jewellery.

Kilkenny (from the Gaelic’Cill Chainnigh’, meaning the Church of St Canice) is the Ireland of many visitors’ imaginations. Built from dark grey limestone flecked with fossil seashells, Kilkenny is also known as ‘the marble city’. Its picturesque ‘Medieval Mile’ of narrow lanes and historic buildings strung between castle and cathedral along the bank of the River Nore is one of the southeast’s biggest tourist draws. But it’s worth braving the crowds to soak up the atmosphere of one of Ireland’s creative crucibles – Kilkenny is a centre for arts and crafts, and home to a host of fine restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops.

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