Explore Kilkenny

One of the best and unique features of Kilkenny is its compactness, allowing you explore everything it has to offer on foot! The Medieval Mile starts at Kilkenny Castle, taking you through our narrow streetscapes, stopping off at the key historical buildings and landmarks on your way. You will first come to the Medieval Mile Museum, followed by a walk down high street towards Rothe House and the Smithwicks Experience, followed by a vist to St. Canices Cathedral and Round Tower. Each unique and full of rich history - a must visit during your stay in Kilkenny!

Take a look at our printable Medieval Mile map.

Attractions in Kilkenny City

Medieval Mile Museum

St.Mary's Lane, High Street
Kilkenny
+353 56 781 7022
 

The Medieval Mile Museum is Kilkenny's newest visitor attraction, located in the heart of Kilkenny city! Set in 13th Century St.Mary's Church and Graveyard, you can unearth 800 years of our history under one roof! The Museum offers guided and self-guided tours and they have audio guides available in 5 different languages!                   

Kilkenny Castle

The Parade, Kilkenny City
+353 56 770 4100
 
With eight centuries of history whispering from its walls, Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland's most iconic and historic sites.

Rothe House & Garden

Rothe House and Garden, Parliament Street, Kilkenny
+353 56 7722893
 
Nestled in the centre of Ireland’s Medieval Mile, Rothe House and Garden is the only example of an early 17th century merchant's townhouse in Ireland, and is one of Kilkenny's hidden gems. 

Smithwicks Experience Kilkenny 

Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny
+353 56 7786377
 
Immerse yourself in the story of Smithwick’s, told as only a local knows how. Where 300 years of history combine with extraordinary brewing innovations, to create the Smithwick’s tour – an experience like no other.

St. Canices Cathedral & Round Tower

The Close, Coach Rd, Kilkenny
+353 56 64971

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. See the wonderful stained glass and the largest collection of ancient monuments. View Kilkenny and the surrounding area from the 9th century round tower (weather permitting) and see the seat of the bishop of Ossory dating back to 1120AD.

Kilkenny Festivals 

 
Date: 15th - 18th March 2019
 
Taking place over St. Patricks Weekend, Kilkenny Tradfest Showcases the best of Irish traditional music! Both free and ticketed events will be held all weekend, in a variety of venues across the city, along with the St. Patricks Day Festivities and Parade. There are many events for all ages, including the TradTrail, music and dance workshops and lots of family activities. Visit the website www.kilkennytradfest.com for more information.
 
 
Date: 3rd - 6th May 2019
 
Smithwick's Kilkenny Roots Festival celebrates its twenty second year with an exciting line-up. Since 1998 this festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana/Roots canon.
In addition to the ticketed shows, there will be over 70 gigs on the free Smithwick’s Music Trail throughout Kilkenny city. Visit www.kilkennyroots.com for the full line-up.
 

Date: 14th July 2019
 
This truly unique festival has it all! Showcasing the best of country music in Ireland, the Festival takes place in the idyllic grounds of Gowran Park, located just ten minutes from the motorway. There is something for everyone with activites for the kids, state of the art facilities, dancing, onsite bars and restaurants, and of course entertainment provided by the best country musicians in Ireland. Visit the website www.kilkennycountrymusicfestival.ie for more information. 
 

Date: 30th May - 3rd June 2019
 
This June Bank Holiday, the Sky Cat Laughs Festival returns for the 25th edition! Kilkenny City will play host to a number of Irish and International comedy acts, with events taking place all weekend across several venues. Visit the website www.thecatlaughs.com for more information. 
 

Date: 8th - 18th August 2019
 
Celebrating the world's finest musicians, performers, writers and artists, The Kilkenny Arts Festival has been running for over 40 years, and is always a highlight in the summer calendar! Visit the website www.kilkennyarts.ie for more information. 
 

Date: 27th - 29th September 2019
 
Following the success of the first ever Kilkenny Animated Festival in 2018, Cartoon Saloon are back this September! Kilkenny Animated is a festival of visual storytelling incorporating cartoons, animation and illustration in a series of exhibitions, talks, performances, workshops and slideshows from some of the world’s greatest character designers, illustrators, animators and cartoonists. 
 
Visit the website www.kilkennyanimated.com for more information. 
 

Date: 24th - 28th October 2019
 
Savour Kilkenny is back, and celebrating it's 13th anniversary this year. This festival is foodie heaven! Sure to be a jam-packed schedule, keep an eye on the website www.savourkilkenny.com for updates.
 
 
Date: 25th November - 1st December 2019
 
Subtitle is Ireland’s newest film festival, and a unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that can’t be found at the multiplex. And a chance to meet their makers and stars! If you’re looking for provocative, funny, accessible and smart European films, then this is the festival for you. Visit the website www.subtitlefest.com for more information.
 
 
Date: 7th - 10th November 2019
 
Kilkenomics, the world's first economics festival brings together some of the world's leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of the funniest, sharpest standup comedians. Visit the website www.kilkenomics.com for more information.