Things to do in Kilkenny Ireland

Wondering what to do in Kilkenny Ireland if you only have a few hours?

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

Marcus Garvey

Visit a couple of Kilkenny’s Historic sites

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle was built in the thirteenth century, and year round tours are available.

Explore 50 acres!

Try to see it at night, too!

St. Mary’s Cathedral, situated on the highest point of Kilkenny City, was made from local limestone and completed in 1857. Inside are beautiful works of art including a statue of the Madonna created between 1809 and 1873 by the famous sculptor, Giovanni Maria Benzoni.

If these walls could talk...

These walls were built in the 13th century by Anglo-Norman colonists. St. James's Gate, one of seven gatehouses on the walls of Kilkenny, was used to control people coming into the medieval city, as well as an entry point for collecting tolls. Gates were closed each night and opened again the next day.

Take a Kilkenny Road Train Tour!

Doors of Kilkenny

I have a fascination with doors, and I found quite a few beautiful examples in Kilkenny. Take a walk through town to see the pretty doors of Kilkenny.

Don’t you love colorful doors? I always feel like the people behind them must be lovely, too.


If you love seafood, order one of the fish entrees at Zuni!

The desserts are exceptional!

Don’t miss this one! Visit Zuni when in Kilkenny!

Visit Food, Fun & Faraway Places for more ideas of what to do on your Ireland vacation!

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