Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh, meaning “church of Cainnech”) is located in the south-east of Ireland, and the City is built on both banks of the River Nore in the province of Leinster. Kilkenny is an extremely popular tourist destination. In 2009 the City of Kilkenny celebrated its 400th year since the granting of city status in 1609. Kilkenny’s heritage is evident in the city and surrounding areas including the historic buildings such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral and round tower and Rothe House.

Annual events include Kilkenny Art Festival, the Cat Laughs comedy festival, National Heritage Week, Savour Kilkenny festival of food, just to name but a few. Kilkenny is a popular tourist destination in Ireland, well regarded for its cultural life, it has always tended to attract culturally aware visitors. Art galleries, historic buildings, craft and design workshops, theatre, comedy, public gardens and museums are some of the main reasons Kilkenny has become one of Ireland’s most visited towns and a popular base to explore the surrounding countryside.

So, whatever the reason for visiting Kilkenny, you can be sure that you will not leave disappointed. Below are a few helpful links which will surely find something for everyone as you experience the Medieval City and County. There are links to general guides to Kilkenny and what is on, where to go, where to stay, where to eat, and how to find them.

So if you are looking for fun days out with all the family, taking a romantic break, or getting away with some friends, or even just some ‘YOU’ time, we have all the information you need on the South East area of Ireland in general, and Tripadvisor will make sure that you find the attractions, activities, nightlife and shopping that you are looking for!

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