Best of Kilkenny

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Kilkenny
In the southeast of Ireland, Kilkenny is a picturesque city of medieval lanes and Norman heritage. The 12th-century castle that rises above the River Nore is Kilkenny’s most famous landmark and attests to the town’s importance in the Middle Ages, when it was the unofficial capital of Ireland. Kilkenny can also lay claim to being one of the nation’s liveliest inland settlements. County Kilkenny has a rich art and crafts tradition, and the streets are dotted with studios, shops and galleries. 

A short drive northwest of Kilkenny, you can explore the stalactite-filled chambers of Dunmore Cave. South of Kilkenny, you can see the beautifully preserved remains of Jerpoint Abbey, a Cistercian Monastery founded over 800 years ago. West of town, you can visit the rural Ballykeefe Distillery, a sustainably run operation that grows its own barley and feeds the byproducts to its livestock. Wherever you go, leave time to explore the old lanes of Kilkenny and peek inside major monuments like St Canice’s Cathedral (second in size only to St Patrick’s in Dublin).
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Map of Highlights of Irish Cities - 7 Days
Highlights of Irish Cities - 7 Days

Experience the unique character of Irish cities on this self-drive tour around the county's urban centers. This weeklong trip takes you to the capital city of Dublin as well as colorful Cork, Limerick, and Galway. You'll dine in corner pubs, explore farmer's markets, tour medieval castles, and even escape to Blarney Castle—a short side trip from Cork—to kiss the famous Blarney Stone.

Spectacular views from the Ring of Kerry
Map of Ultimate Ireland Road Trip: Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney & Galway - 6 Days
Ultimate Ireland Road Trip: Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney & Galway - 6 Days

Experience all that Ireland has to offer on this six-day road trip. Travel back to the medieval streets of Dublin, where you can see one of the world's oldest manuscripts, then head to Kilkenny to touch the cool stone walls of its famous castle. Drive the Ring of Kerry to marvel at breathtaking views, and sit down to a feast in Galway, the first place in Ireland to be designated a European Region of Gastronomy. Whether looking for history, nature, or the adventure of a lifetime, this road trip has it all.

Visit historic castles and landmarks, like the Rock of Cashel
Map of Discover Scotland & Ireland: Castles & Cuisine - 13 Days
Discover Scotland & Ireland: Castles & Cuisine - 13 Days

On this 13-day jaunt through Scotland and Ireland, you'll visit iconic landmarks and immerse yourself in local culture. In Scotland, visit Edinburgh Castle while enjoying food and distillery tours. Then fly to Northern Ireland and experience Belfast before heading south to iconic Irish highlights like the Cliffs of Moher and Kilkenny Castle—eventually winding down in raucous Dublin with tasty visits to the Jameson and Guinness factories.

Experience the highlights of Ireland's southern counties, like historic Kilkenny
Map of Road Trip Through Ireland's South - 13 Days
Road Trip Through Ireland's South - 13 Days

Grab your passport and keys because you're off on an epic road trip around Ireland's scenic south. See firsthand why they call this the Emerald Isle as you drive along rolling green hills, shimmering lakes, medieval villages, and historic castles on your way through various countries, from Cork to Limerick. As a bonus, you'll enjoy city tours of Dublin, hiking coastal cliffs, whiskey tastings, and more.

Other popular travel destinations in Ireland
Dublin · County Kerry · Killarney · Galway · Dingle Peninsula · Doolin · Dingle Town · Northern Ireland · Cork · Killarney National Park · Belfast · Kenmare · County Cork · Kinsale · Westport · Donegal · Birr · Tralee · Ballycastle · Letterkenny · Laragh · Clifden, Co Galway · Sligo · Limerick · Aran Islands · Waterford · Donegal town · Portmagee