St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower
After the castle, head over to St. Canice’s Cathedral, a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. You can also climb the Round Tower right next to the cathedral for panoramic views of the city and countryside. The tower’s history dates back over a thousand years, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Ireland.
Explore the Kilkenny arts scene
Want to see some of Kilkenny’s local artists’ wares? Visit the Kilkenny Design Centre located in the historic Castle Yard (right across from the castle itself), where you can browse and purchase beautifully crafted Irish goods, from ceramics to textiles. If you’re an art enthusiast, you might also explore the National Craft Gallery, which showcases contemporary Irish art and design.
The Smithwick’s Experience
Ireland is renowned for its stout and whiskey, but Kilkenny is also home to the Smithwick’s brewery, a famous Irish ale. At the Smithwick’s Experience, patrons can learn about the brewing process, its 300-year history, and even enjoy a tasting session.
The Medieval Mile
Dive into Kilkenny’s medieval history at the Medieval Mile Museum. This immersive museum offers a journey from the medieval origins of Kilkenny to its vibrant present. From medieval artifacts to interactive exhibits, this is also the starting point of the famed Medieval Mile route in Kilkenny, where you can explore the streets for even more historical stories.