Things to Do in Kilkenny This Summer

- Posted on: 18/05/2022 - $itemValue.title

From culture to craft and everything in between, a visit to vibrant Kilkenny is always a memorable experience. From couples breaks and girly getaways to family get-togethers, there is something for everyone and the Summer months are a particularly great time to visit! 

Ireland's Medieval Mile

 Wander along the cobblestone streets of Ireland’s Medieval Mile discovering medieval magic at every turn, or explore the rich countryside taking in the scenic views, exploring woodland trails and monastic ruins.

Kilkenny Castle 

The Magnificent Kilkenny Castle and 50 acre parklands is just a short stroll from Butler House through the Castle Yard, and the 'What is Metal?' Exhibition at the National Design & Craft Gallery is running until July 27th - is a must-see if you are passing through!

The Medieval Mile Museum

Our sister property The Medieval Mile Museum is a wonderful place to start your Kilkenny Adventure for a fantastic introduction to the city's rich history. Guided Tours and a City Walking Trail run daily and come highly recommended.

Restaurants, Bars And Shopping In Kilkenny

You will be spoilt for choice sampling the best of local cuisine with our many award-winning restaurants and bars, and shoppers will delight browsing the many bespoke boutiques and craft shops. If you are visiting on a Thursday, you will find a fantastic selection of local produce and crafts at the weekly Famers Market on the parade just at the Castle.

Woodstock Gardens

For those who like to escape the hustle and bustle for a couple of hours a visit to Woodstock Gardens in the picturesque village of Inistioge is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. There are also many more beautiful walking trails and cycling trails in the city and around the county, and you can find more information at

Kilkenny Festivals

Kilkenny is also famous for it’s jam-packed calendar of festivals throughout the year. In june, the Cats Laughs Festival is back for 2022 with a series of events running from the 3rd to the 5th of June and the much-loved Kilkenny Arts Festival will run from August 4th to 14th.

We have covered some of our recommended activities here to give you some inspiration when planning your visit, and do make sure to stop by the reception at Butler House on your way out to explore, where the team are would be happy to share their local knowledge on more great things to see and do!  

For more information on things to do, Visit Kilkenny have put some great online guidebooks together here.