Kilkenny

County Kilkenny, Ireland
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Welcome to vibrant contemporary culture in a dramatic medieval setting, to eclectic boutique shopping along ancient winding walkways, to creative fresh cuisine in surroundings rich in history, to Kilkenny, where the past meets the present in inspirational style. Today, Kilkenny has an individual and cosmopolitan character all of its own. A city as renowned for its festival-filled calendar as it is for its centuries-old architecture. A county rich in heritage where gems of traditional hospitality are to be found in every picturesque village. Whatever your heart desires, open it to Kilkenny.
Crafts
Kilkenny is famous for its rich and diverse crafting, from pottery to metal work to textiles and candlemaking. Many of Kilkenny's craftspeople apprenticed under masters who have carried on their traditions for centuries.
Cuisine
The cuisine in Kilkenny is so diverse and delicious, that there is a Food Trail dedicated to it. Farmers and purveyors supply everything from organic produce, artisan cheeses, free range meats, truffles and desserts to locals and visitors daily.
Hiking, Strolling and Cycling
Kilkenny offers more than a dozen trails that are perfect for leisurely strolling, more-experienced hiking and even bicycling through the town and surrounding areas. These routes take visitors past Kilkenny's historic buildings and monuments, through the spectacular food and craft markets or out into nature.
History
A Brief History of Kilkenny City
Four hundred years ago, James I, King of England granted Kilkenny a charter conferring on it the status of a city, with the title of Mayor for its chief citizen. Four hundred years before that, in 1207, William Marshall, Lord of Leinster, had given Kilkenny a charter setting out the rights of its burgesses and freemen. Its first Council was elected in 1231 and since then Kilkenny has had a continuous record of municipal government. From the 13th century to the end of the 16th the chief magistrate was known as the Sovereign, and since then as Mayor.
Even before the Norman Invasion, there was an urban settlement here. Cill Chainnigh was a stronghold of the kings of Ossory, the Mac Giolla Phádraig family. This early settlement centred on St. Canice’s Cathedral, was known in after years as the Irishtown of Kilkenny, and formed a separate town from the Hightown, with its own Corporation until the 1830s.
Kilkenny retains many buildings from the early centuries of its existence. The Round Tower at St. Canice’s is at least 900 years old; the Talbot Tower, now under reconstruction, was built around 1260; there are five medieval churches dating from the 13th century; Rothe house is the best known of a series of merchants’ houses from the late 16th and early 17th centuries; a number of fine Georgian houses are to be seen on our streets. The two outstanding buildings in the city are Kilkenny Castle, and St. Canice’s Cathedral.
As well as its built heritage, Kilkenny has an outstanding written record. The Tholsel on High Street is our city hall and houses a marvellous collection of documents from the 13th century to the present day. As well as the charters mentioned already, there are deeds, grants, leases and record books giving a unique insight into the governance of Kilkenny over the centuries. The gem of the collection is Liber Primus Kilkenniensis, a manuscript record of urban records containing a copy of William Marshall’s charter, and continuing to the 16th century.

(ref: www.kilkenny400.ie)

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Castle Durrow Grounds Guide
A leisurely stroll around a castle with a rich history.
Easy
0.8 mi/
1.3 km
Durrow Heritage Guide
Enjoy a leisurely stroll with surprises around this heritage village.
Easy
1.1 mi/
1.8 km
Castlemorris Wood Walk, Ireland
A beautiful walk through the woods of the old Castlemorris Estate. 3 looped walks available - 7km,6km + 3km.
Easy
3.7 mi/
6.0 km
Kilmacoliver Walk, Ireland
A beautiful 6km walking trail incorporating hill-top views and a megalithic tomb.
Moderate
3.7 mi/
6.0 km
Thomastown to Inistioge Walk, Ireland
One of three sections of the Nore Valley Walk. The trail follows the River Nore from Thomastown to Inistioge.
Moderate
6.8 mi/
10.9 km
Kilkenny to Bennetsbridge, Ireland
One of three sections of the Nore Valley Walk,following the River Nore and featuring members of the Food and Craft Trail
Moderate
7.5 mi/
12.1 km
Dunmore Loop Guide
A fine walk through forest and over river in the heart of Ireland.
Moderate
9.0 mi/
14.5 km
Durrow Leafy Loop Guide
Enjoy a full 13.2 mile loop around the Durrow valley.
Moderate
13.2 mi/
21 km
South Laois Cycling Route C
Take a High Nelly bicycle around this memorable countryside trail.
Moderate
15.2 mi/
24 km
Guides
Kilkenny to Bennetsbridge, Ireland
Kilkenny to Bennetsbridge, Ireland
Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland
 
Moderate: 7.5 miles, 1-3 hours
One of three sections of the Nore Valley Walk,following the River Nore and featuring members of the Food and Craft Trail
Durrow Leafy Loop Guide
Durrow Leafy Loop Guide
Durrow, County Laois, Ireland
 
Moderate: 13.2 miles, Half day
Enjoy a full 13.2 mile loop around the Durrow valley.
Kilmacoliver Walk, Ireland
Kilmacoliver Walk, Ireland
Kilkenny, Ireland
 
Moderate: 3.7 miles, 1-3 hours
A beautiful 6km walking trail incorporating hill-top views and a megalithic tomb.
Castlemorris Wood Walk, Ireland
Castlemorris Wood Walk, Ireland
Kilkenny, Ireland
 
Easy: 3.7 miles, 1-3 hours
A beautiful walk through the woods of the old Castlemorris Estate. 3 looped walks available - 7km,6km + 3km.
Thomastown to Inistioge Walk, Ireland
Thomastown to Inistioge Walk, Ireland
Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland
 
Moderate: 6.8 miles, 1-3 hours
One of three sections of the Nore Valley Walk. The trail follows the River Nore from Thomastown to Inistioge.
Durrow Guides
Durrow Guides
Durrow, County Laois, Ireland
 
Easy: Multiple days
Find all you'll need by foot, by High Nelly and by car in this hidden gem of Ireland.
South Laois Cycling Route C
South Laois Cycling Route C
Durrow, County Laois, Ireland
 
Moderate: 15.2 miles, Half day
Take a High Nelly bicycle around this memorable countryside trail.
Dunmore Loop Guide
Dunmore Loop Guide
Durrow, County Laois, Ireland
 
Moderate: 9.0 miles, Half day
A fine walk through forest and over river in the heart of Ireland.
Durrow Heritage Guide
Durrow Heritage Guide
Durrow, County Laois, Ireland
 
Easy: 1.1 miles, 1 hour or less
Enjoy a leisurely stroll with surprises around this heritage village.
Trail Kilkenny guides bundle
Trail Kilkenny guides bundle
Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland
 
Easy: 7.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Four of Trail Kilkennys best guides for the discounted price of $2.99
Castle Durrow Grounds Guide
Castle Durrow Grounds Guide
Durrow, Laois, Ireland
 
Easy: 0.8 miles, 1 hour or less
A leisurely stroll around a castle with a rich history.
Community Trips
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Kilkenney Castle
by muhammadkabir on Mar 01, 2009
Cill Chainnigh, County Kilkenny, Ireland
3.7 miles
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Kilkenny
by pmoran on Jan 01, 2012
Kilkenny, Leinster, Ireland
4.7 miles
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JM proposed loop (Inistioge)
by Trail_Kilkenny on Feb 01, 2012
Inistioge, Leinster, Ireland
1.7 miles
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Waterford to New Ross Railway line
by Trail_Kilkenny on Nov 09, 2012
New Ross, Kilkenny, Ireland
15.4 miles
Waterford to New Ross Railway line (manual drawn track)
Jerpoint church,thomastown,jerpoint church
by largo75 on Jun 20, 2009
Posto Trucchi, Al Kufrah, Libya
7.0 miles
Tho
by largo75 on Jun 19, 2009
Posto Trucchi, Al Kufrah, Libya
6.3 miles
Description
Mountain Grove loop
by jeromemreid on Oct 10, 2010
Kilkenny, Ireland
1.7 miles
Another Sunday walk in the woodlands with the puppy
Spa Hill
by htwomey on Oct 26, 2010
Urlingford, Kilkenny, Ireland
19.0 miles
Carrick-on-Suir
by TipperaryTrails on Feb 19, 2011
Carrick-on-Suir, Munster, Ireland
2.2 miles

Reviews
ricerubberrolls
kilkenny is birthplace of greenery
Visited on Mar 10, 2014

by ricerubberrolls on Mar 10, 2014
ankitkhanna
I would love to visit again
Visited on Jul 08, 2012

by ankitkhanna on Jan 27, 2014
harinderiniz
Great Place for peaceful vacations
Visited on Jul 07, 2012

by harinderiniz on Oct 30, 2013
harinderseo
Great place for night life
Visited on Mar 03, 2012

by harinderseo on Oct 29, 2013
Sukhjinder
One of my best trip all time :)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Visited on Aug 15, 2010

by Sukhjinder on Jul 13, 2014
bwvdh
just outside Killkenny there is a hostel located in Foulksrath Castle. Try this if you want to experience a night sleeping in a castle.
Otherwise do yourself a favor and get a place in city center.

The town itself is a lovely nice and old town with plenty of sights to behold.
have yourself a nice walk around town by visiting St Canice's Cathedral, the Black Abbey and of course Kilkenny castle. A walk in the castle grounds is surely elevating and also a nice free exercise. The park itself is full off locals who are having some time to spend.

In the evening you absolutely should visit the local pubs on maudlin Street and for food I can recommend going to Lanigan's on the soutside of the river. It's where you will find great and not expensive local delicacies.

Visited on Jul 24, 2010

by bwvdh on Dec 18, 2012
ricerubberpolisher
this is heavenly location
Visited on Jun 03, 2010

by ricerubberpolisher on Apr 16, 2014
LostloveBackSolution
I would try to speak here once more
Visited on May 04, 2010

by LostloveBackSolution on Apr 11, 2014
LoveMarriageSolution
I absolutely love your work
Visited on Apr 07, 2010

by LoveMarriageSolution on Apr 11, 2014
Kanward
great place for tourist visit :)
Visited on Apr 06, 2010

by Kanward on Jul 13, 2014
bestindianastrologer
Kilkenny is a great great place
Visited on Apr 05, 2010

by bestindianastrologer on Mar 07, 2014
LoveVashikaranmantra
woww want to visit again soon
Visited on Jun 04, 2009

by LoveVashikaranmantra on Mar 04, 2014
ricerubberroll
this is perfect location
Visited on Apr 06, 2009

by ricerubberroll on Mar 13, 2014
astroman999
i just would like to go again
Visited on Apr 05, 2008

by astroman999 on Feb 24, 2014
lovemarriagespecialist
i virtuous would equal to go again
Visited on May 06, 2005

by lovemarriagespecialist on Mar 05, 2014
paddydehusker
Unknown place with great potential
Visited on May 04, 2005

by paddydehusker on Mar 06, 2014
harinderinizz
stunning for rafting and kayaking
Visited on Aug 11, 2000

by harinderinizz on Nov 22, 2013

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