Located in the south-east of the country, Kilkenny is Ireland’s medieval capital. The city is steeped in history, dominated by superb ancient architecture, such as the magnificent Kilkenny Castle, one of Ireland’s most famous castles. Built by the Normans in 1190, and occupied by the Butler family for 500 years, the fortress has been restored to its former glory.
Kilkenny is also famous as an international centre of contemporary art & culture. The Kilkenny Design centre, located in the old stables and coach house of Kilkenny Castle, has an extensive range of Irish craft products. The centre stocks Irish-made clothing for both ladies and men, crystal, ceramics, linens and a wide range of beautiful gifts from all over Ireland.
The Kilkenny Studio Workshops are clustered in the scenic valley of the river Nore, in the heart of the county. One of the best ways of sampling this tree-lined area of hills and vales is to meander slowly from workshop to studio, taking in the sights along the way.
Kilkenny is superbly equipped for golf, fishing and equestrian activities. We boast the famous Mount Juliet championship golf course, just fifteen minutes from the City, and where the prestigious American Express Golf Championship was hosted in September 2002. The staff at Butler House can arrange reservations for you!
Kilkenny plays host to such renowned festivals as the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in May and the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August.
Kilkenny City is situated in an ideal central location – just over an hour from Dublin, and two hours from Shannon.
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