We keep a number of leaflets for local attractions, along with maps for you to browse through at your leisure. Here are some of the most popular local destinations for visitors:
century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which
was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.
Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing
room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830s splendour as well as the beautiful Long
Gallery. The old Castle kitchen operates as a tea room during the summer. A suite
of former servants' rooms is the Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently changing
exhibitions of contemporary art. Access for visitors with disabilities to ground
floor and gardens only.
Kilkenny was Ireland's Mediaeval Capital and is the best presented
Norman City. It contains perhaps the largest concentration of Mediaeval Churches
in the Country.
House Parliament Street, Kilkenny - Rothe House was built in 1594 by John Rothe
for his wife Rose Archer. Consisting of three cut stone buildings divided by cobbled
courtyards, it is the headquarters of Kilkenny Archaeological Society. The complex
is the only one of its type remaining in Ireland. Rothe House is home to an interesting
museum collection, oak furniture and costume gallery among many items of interest
in addition to the house itself. Tours lasting 30/40 mins are provided when booked
in advance. Phone +353 56 22893
Canice's Cathedral. Site of Christian worship since the mid Sixth century, this
outstanding mediavel cathedral and 9th century round tower form the heart of Kilkenny,
giving the city its name.The Round Tower may be climbed (weather permitting) and gives great views of the city. Completed
in 1285, it is the second largest cathedral in Ireland. On display are rich and
varied mediaeval carvings by Rory and William O'Tunney. Other carvings, some dating
from the 13th century, together with wood, brass and stained glass adornment are
Kilkenny Design Centre
Design Centre Located in the old stables and coachhouse opposite Kilkenny Castle,
the Kilkenny Design Centre has a most extensive range of Irish craft products.
Here you will find ladies' and men's clothing, crystal, ceramics, linens and a
wide range of interesting gift items from all over Ireland.
Abbey (AD 1225). Still in use today by members of the founding Dominican Order.
Nearby is Saint Francis Abbey, now lying within the grounds of the large Smithwicks
Priory, John Street. Once known as the Lantern of Ireland because of its slender
and elegant windows.
Places to visit in County
on the banks of the River Arrigle about 2km from Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Jerpoint
Abbey was founded in 1158. In Medieval times there was a town of Jerpoint but
this had fallen into ruin by the seventeenth century.
is regarded as one of the most interesting Cistercian ruins in Ireland. It offers
a unique insight into the lives of the monks because many of its domestic arrangements
are still recognisable. The abbey was self-sufficient and had its own gardens,
watermills, cemetery, granary and kitchens. The oldest parts of the abbey are
the Irish-Romanesque transepts and chancel, which contains faded wall paintings.
The east window dates from the fourteenth century and the fantastic central tower
was added in the fifteenth century.
Cave is 11 kilometres north of Kilkenny city and, like other caves across the
country, is formed by limestone which was laid down over 300 million years ago.
It contains 3 passages, almost a quarter of a mile of passages and at its deepest
point is 150 foot below the surface. Although this is smaller than many of the
caves around the country, the beauty and magic of its calcite formations as well
as its scientific and historical interest make it one of Ireland's most fascinating
caves. Its presence has been known for years but it is only recently that attempts
have been made to unravel its history. In AD 928, the Dunmore Cave was the site
of a Viking massacre. Mention of the cave was made in the ninth century Irish
Castlecomer Discovery Park is 10 mins from us. Craft Yard & museum. Tree-Top Adventure Walk, Boating, Elf & Fairy Village and more. A whole day of fantastic activities to be experienced for visitors of all ages.
behind the village pump on the hill in Inistioge village, Woodstock Heritage Museum
houses an eclectic collection of photographs,documents, artefacts and memorabilia
pertaining to Woodstock Demesne, its history and people, the burning of the house
and recent restoration project, returning the once famous gardens to their original
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