Kilkenny Castle, Ireland's Medieval Mile, Kilkenny

  Kilkenny Castle & Medieval Mile  

Traditional Music at the Hole in the Wall pub, Kilkenny

  Traditional Music at "The Hole in the Wall" Pub

Kilkenny Crafts, Kilkenny Design, Kilkenny

  Kilkenny Design & Crafts  

Jerpoint Abbey, Kilkenny

  Jerpoit 12th century Abbey  

Kilkenny Pubs

  Kilkenny's Colourful Streets & Pubs

Kilkenny Design, Kilkenny

  Kilkenny Design Center  


Kilkenny : Ireland’s Medieval Mile

During the Middle Ages in the 17th century Kilkenny was the unofficial capital of Ireland. Today it is famous for its medieval heritage, cobbled lanes, vibrant arts & crafts culture and a myriad of popular festivals. It’s compact size makes everything accessible on foot within one mile – Ireland’s Medieval Mile, a unique discovery trail linking Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral with all manner of medieval magic in-between.


Ireland's Medieval Mile Kikenny
Kilkenny Medieval Mile Castle
Kilkenny Medieval Mile Butlers House
Kilkenny Medieval Mile Rothe House
Kilkenny Medieval Mile Museum
Kilkenny Medieval Mile Black Abbey
Kilkenny Medieval Mile Saint Candices Cathedral
Medieval Mile City Map Kilkenny

Festival City!

From arts, comedy, music, animation to the worlds first economics & comedy festival, Kilkenny has a Festival for everything…

Kilkenny Animated Festival
Kilkenny TradFest
Kilkenny Roots Festival
Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
Kilkenny Arts Festival
Savour Kilkenny Food Festival
Kilkenomics - Kilkenny Festival of Economics and Comedy
Yule Fest Christmas Festival Kilkenny

Kilkenny Arts & Crafts

Renowned as the ‘Craft Capital of Ireland’ you will find some of the best locally produced pottery, leather goods, knitwear, custom made furniture and jewellery in Ireland. Visit the Castle Yard, former stable yard of Kilkenny Castle, now home to the National Design & Craft Gallery and the Kilkenny Design Center.

Kilkenny city and county is peppered with artisan craft and design studios and workshops where you will find Ireland’s best known designers such as Nicholas Mosse, Chesneau Leathers, Jerpoint Glass, Rudolf Heltzel and Moth to a flame, candle makers. If you are looking for something really special, Kilkenny is the place for you.

Lazy Days Top Tips for Kilkenny:

  • Buy a Medieval Mile Pass and get on the trail.
  • Climb the 6th century tower at Candice’s Cathedral – only round tower open to the public in Ireland.
  • Go on a witch hunt.
  • Visit Stringbow’s sarcophagus and history.
  • Visit the Castle Yard where you will find The Design Yard and Kilkenny Design Center.
  • Jerpoint Abbey.
  • Gaingnamannagh – Kayaking, hiking & walking.
  • Follow the Made in Kilkenny craft trail in search of that perfect gift of Irish craft & design.