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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Castle
“A 12th century Castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family. Beautiful day out for all the family and includes tea rooms and gift shop. Tickets for the guided tour start at €8 for an adult however you can also enjoy your own self guided tour. If you fancy more exploring it is conveniently located right in the heart of Kilkenny City centre which is rich in history. (30 minutes by car)”
  • 25 locals recommend
Church
“Built between 1202 and 1285, St Canice's has been preserved in its original style and form. Worship has taken place here for over 800 years. View Kilkenny and the surrounding area from the 9th century round tower ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Landmark
“The magnificent Kilkenny Castle overlooks the River Nore and has guarded this important river crossing for more than 900 years. The gardens, with extensive woodland paths, rose garden and ornamental lake, create the setting for a beautiful stroll. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
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“Popular late-bar in town with music on both floors and a great cocktail bar. Lively scene.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Museum
“Built between 1594 and 1610 this was the home of the renowned merchant, landowner and Mayor of Kilkenny City, John Rothe Fitz Piers, his wife Rose Archer, and their twelve children.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Night Club
“This high class bar is the perfect place for any event. There's a fine dining restaurant along with a bar and nightclub. All you need under one roof. There is also a theatre which often hosts concerts and plays. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“If you simply want good food, relaxed atmosphere and both a large food and drinks menu. This is your go to place in Kilkenny. it's always busy on weekends especially. Booking is advised”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“Tells the ancient history of Kilkenny and set in the recently restored St. Mary's church. One of Kilkenny's oldest churches. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
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“Kilkenny City 30mins away - Exquisite dining every time. Perfect for a special lunch or evening meal. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Really upmarket restaurant but early bird really good value and quite an experience. Food is amazing. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Campagne is perfect for a special occasion, boasting a Michelin star to boot! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Kilkenny City 30 mins drive away - Freshly baked and prepared food, great coffee. Lovely setting right across from Kilkenny Castle.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Set in one of the oldest buildings in the city and serving some traditional Irish dishes, Kytlers has a wonderful atmosphere and often live music too.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Good trad on a monday night and a great little venue out the back from theatre on music”
  • 6 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Taste one of Ireland's favourite drinks and learn how it's made. Smithwicks & Kilkenny Ale are famous the world over. A wonderful tour.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Kilkenny's oldest and most charming pub. You'll often find locals singing, playing music, reciting poems or telling stories, and it's regularly packed to the gills on the weekend. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Night Club
“This high class bar is the perfect place for any event. There's a fine dining restaurant along with a bar and nightclub. All you need under one roof. There is also a theatre which often hosts concerts and plays. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“If you simply want good food, relaxed atmosphere and both a large food and drinks menu. This is your go to place in Kilkenny. it's always busy on weekends especially. Booking is advised”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Kilkenny City 30mins away - Exquisite dining every time. Perfect for a special lunch or evening meal. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Really upmarket restaurant but early bird really good value and quite an experience. Food is amazing. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Campagne is perfect for a special occasion, boasting a Michelin star to boot! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Kilkenny City 30mins away - Delicious every time, reasonably priced, central. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely restaurant situated where the stables of the castle were and what is now the Kilkenny Design Centre.”
  • 3 locals recommend

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