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Things to do in County Kilkenny

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Castle
“Beautiful Kilkenny castle. It's well worth a tour around the inside of the building to learn more about the historical importance. The grounds offer a nice walk around and lovely for for a picnic when the weather is suitable.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“Ballysop, New Ross 30mins drive - Fabulous walks in beautiful surroundings. Excellent play park. Pony and trap rides. Delicious food (especially cakes!) in the coffee shop. Heritage centre.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Church
“The coolest little tower at the end of the city. Climb it and then afterwards grab a coffee at Cakeface. Look at the inside of the cathedral. It's very beautiful..”
  • 21 locals recommend
Museum
“Stunning display of the best Waterford Crystal. There is a shop (bring your wallet!) and lovely cafe on site. A great option for a rainy day.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Landmark
“An amazing structure dating from Norman times. The castle boasts impressive towers. A view of the city and a lovely scenic walk ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Take a guided tour of this Replica Famine ship, costumed actors really great tour experience”
  • 27 locals recommend
Garden
“If you have time to visit only one garden on visit then make sure that you visit this one at Woodstock and the beautiful village of Inistioge (location of Pat O'Connors film 'Circle of Friends'). ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Enjoy a great day out here. You can enjoy the 80 acre activity park with walking trails, kids play areas, fishing lakes and a canopy walkway. As a kid I loved the playground here (but now there’s also a zip line to enjoy).”
  • 20 locals recommend
Museum
“Tudor Gardens in the centre of the city. Right behind the Design Centre. Relaxing and green. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“Popular late-bar in town with music on both floors and a great cocktail bar. Lively scene.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“The original classic Italian established over 50 years ago. Amazing wine cellar, superb food and all in the shadow of the castle. Books out fast! ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
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“Kilkenny City 30mins away - Exquisite dining every time. Perfect for a special lunch or evening meal. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 2
“Explore the historic city of Waterford, its fabulous buildings, shops, restaurants and museums. For a quirky coffee, go upstairs in the Book Centre on John Robert Square. Take a look the ancient city walls inside Penney’s store. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Campagne is perfect for a special occasion, boasting a Michelin star to boot! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Night Club
“This high class bar is the perfect place for any event. There's a fine dining restaurant along with a bar and nightclub. All you need under one roof. There is also a theatre which often hosts concerts and plays. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Store
“Walk left along the river Nore and you will soon arrive in the picturesque village of Bennettsbridge the home of world famous Niolas Mosse Pottery. It has an extensive gift shop and beautiful caffe. ”
  • 13 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“The original classic Italian established over 50 years ago. Amazing wine cellar, superb food and all in the shadow of the castle. Books out fast! ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
“Kilkenny City 30mins away - Exquisite dining every time. Perfect for a special lunch or evening meal. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Campagne is perfect for a special occasion, boasting a Michelin star to boot! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Night Club
“This high class bar is the perfect place for any event. There's a fine dining restaurant along with a bar and nightclub. All you need under one roof. There is also a theatre which often hosts concerts and plays. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Highly recommended restaurant having won many awards and food pub of the year 2019”
  • 4 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Mimosa is a chilled Tapas Bar where you can get homemade Tapas dishes and hand-picked wines in a relaxed, Mediterranean ambiance served by friendly, capable staff. At Mimosa you’ll find deliciously fresh Tapas dishes with a tasty selection of accompanying beverages. A hugely popular destination that does not take bookings - first come first served. They do have a very nice bar lounge to enjoy while you wait for your table. Highly recommeded.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Kilkenny City 30mins away - Delicious every time, reasonably priced, central. ”
  • 7 locals recommend

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