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Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland

Thursday, November 24, 2016 11:42
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 Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland (6/22/2016

Kilkenny Castle River Nore Kilkenny Republic of Ireland
Kilkenny Castle 
Overlooking The River Nore - 
Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland

Once the medieval capital of Ireland, Kilkenny makes for a nice day stop with its century-old pubs with traditional live music, rows of colorful vintage store fronts, and grandiose riverside castle.


The star of the show is Kilkenny Castle with 800 years of history. Overlooking the River Nore and modified over history, it is now a fine representation of how the rich lived centuries ago. The impressive high ceilings and long hall of the Long Gallery is a focal point with its portraits of the Butler family that lived here for 600 years. The massive gardens are also impressive. Don’t miss the smaller rose gardens in front of the castle.

Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny Ireland Rose Garden
Rose Garden at 
Kilkenny Castle – Kilkenny, Ireland
If you like visiting churches, St Canice’s Cathedral is an attractive Gothic Cathedral. The model of medieval Kilkenny City located here is also interesting. A climb up the 100 steps of the Cathedral’s tower offers great views of the city.

Pat found the Rothe House fun to explore. This is Ireland’s only surviving 17th century merchant’s house. We both liked sitting and enjoying the Bulter House and its gardens located behind the National Craft Gallery & Kilkenny Design Centre where you can purchase contemporary local craftwork.

High Street Kilkenny Ireland
High Street – Kilkenny, Ireland
Some of the best fun we had in Kilkenny was enjoying the pub culture where you can listen to traditional Irish music and food. We enjoyed the historic Kyteler’s Inn on St Kieran’s Street that was built 800 years ago. The food and music is good and there are several different settings to enjoy (traditional pub, beer garden, courtyard, and large music room with vaulted ceilings). There are plenty of other atmospheric pubs so you are sure to find one that suits your fancy.

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Travel Tip – How to navigate around Kilkenny: The old town quarter of Kilkenny is easy to navigate with Kilkenny Castle at one end and St Canice’s Cathedral at the other. High Street and St Kieran’s Street are the main two streets with The Parade Street leading to the castle and Parliament Street leading up to the cathedral.

John's Bridge over The River Nore Kilkenny Ireland
John's Bridge over 
The River Nore – Kilkenny, Ireland
We enjoyed staying in the Kilkenny Pembroke Hotel with its very central location in the heart of the medieval old town quarter and its modern and very confortable rooms. Just walk out the door and you are right in the action. Some rooms actually have views of the famous Kilkenny Castle. The free parking in the their secured lot was a big plus for us – very central location and parking!

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Beer drinkers: It is not a myth that Guinness beer tastes better in Ireland. It most certainly does! Although a wonderful beer anywhere in the world, a slightly different process is done for the beer made for export. So, drink up and enjoy.

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Beautiful Irish Countryside
Travel advise about visiting Ireland: While visiting Ireland, we learned a few important lessons. The beauty of our Ireland experience was more about the genuine Irish people and beauty of the countryside and less so about how many important sites and buildings there are to visit. We found the best pub experience in the world in Ireland. So, slow down, enjoy the vibrantly green countryside, the Irish people, and visit a pub or two when you ‘fancy a pint’.


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