The City of Kilkenny

kilkenny castle seen from its beautiful parkland

Kilkenny is one of the smaller but best kept and most beautiful cities in Ireland. it is about 25 miles north of The Coachouse and is located on the River Nore. Once the capital city of Ireland it is commanded by a fine castle once the seat of the Butler family.

Kilkenny is know as the "Marble City" due to the fine quality black marble found locally and used in its older buildings and paving stones

There are some fine churches, medieval buildings and excellent shopping.

kilkenny castle

a view of the medeval market building

Kilkenny is famous for its arts and crafts. The Kilkenny Design Centre is the focus for this. Located opposite Kilkenny Castle , this features an excellent shop, exhibition centre, and artisans with workshops in the main courtyard. There is also an excellent coffee shop above the main shop.

Kilkenny Castle is also the home of the Butler Gallery arts exhibition centre.

There are a number of festivals held in Kilkenny throughout the year of note is the "Cat Laughs" , comedy weekend in June and the Kilkenny Arts Festival held during early August

The main street features a number of interesting building including Rothe House (left) and the market square (above and below). There is also the old courthouse, and the Smithwicks Brewery.

Rothe House

another view of the medeval market

Kilkenny also features some excellent restaurants and coffee shops. It is one of the most relaxing cites in Ireland to visit and is a must during your holiday at The Coachouse.

See Kilkenny on a map of the area

There are a number of other beautiful villages on the road from the Coachouse to Kilkenny including; Inistioge , Bennettsbridge and Thomastown.

More information on antiquities in the area

Some of the festivals held in the area during the year.

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