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City Stats:

Population: 22,179
Number of Hotels on This Site: 22
Size: 1.4 square miles
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Key Tourist Sights:

Rothe House dates back to 1594 and is comprised of three separate houses with a restored garden. It is open throughout the year, and you will also find a large collection of various artefacts regarding Kilkenny's history, including a newspaper collection dating back to 1784 and an impressive book collection.

Kilkenny Castle is one of the main attractions in the area. It is located on the River Nore and dates back over nine centuries. It has some fantastic gardens to explore, and you will also find an impressive library and the Butler Art Gallery.

Kilkenny Craft Centre is located in the old castle stables, and the nearby National Craft Gallery is also well worth a look. Visit the gallery to enjoy innovative designs which are on display throughout the year in various exhibitions.

In the nearby village of Inistioge you will find Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum, 50 acres of gardens dating back to Victorian times. Check out the Winter Garden, the Monkey Puzzle Walk and the Flower Terraces amongst other attractions.

Jerpoint Abbey is a Cistercian abbey dating back to the 12th century. The impressive foundation now lies in ruins but is still very interesting to explore and you will also find an informative visitor centre.

Best Known For:

One of the things that Kilkenny is most famous for is its hurling teams. This ancient game is taken very seriously here, so try to find out some more about it during your visit.

There are two famous beers that come from Kilkenny: Smithwicks and Kilkenny. These are known far and wide, and are popular throughout Ireland.

Kilkenny is often referred to as the Marble City because it has a large number of marble facades which were built using black marble which was quarried from around the area.

Kilkenny was also the capital of Ireland until the end of the 12th century.


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