Meet the storytellers of Medieval Kilkenny.
Start your morning with a leisurely breakfast, followed by a visit to the Chambers Office where you can purchase Ireland’s Medieval Mile One Day Visitor Pass for €29. Enjoy a guided tour or simply explore Medieval Kilkenny at your own leisure.
Mix and match visitor attractions to suit your personal interest or explore each and every Medieval Mile Pass attraction that lays beneath the ancient trail.
Medieval Mile Voucher includes..
- Kilkenny Castle
- Medieval Mile Museum
- Rothe House and Gardens
- Smithwick’s Experience
- St Canice’s Cathedral
- Kilkenny Hurling Way
- Kilkenny Cycling Tours
- Castle Ezpress Train
- Kilkenny City Tours Train
- Kilkenny Ghost Tours
- Discounted prices at a selection of cafes and restaurants along the mile
10am – Noon
Kick start your morning with a visit to the 12th Century Kilkenny Castle, overlooking the River Nore. Explore both wings of the castle which were restored to their 19th Century splendour and don’t forget to soak up a little culture with a visit to The Butler Art Gallery, you might even be lucky enough to catch one of their frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary art.
A quick hop across the street will take you to the castle yard, under the charismatic archway you will find the Kilkenny Design Centre, crammed with a beautiful selection of Irish handcrafted gifts, all chosen with a discerning eye for quality, uniqueness and style. The yard houses the National Craft Gallery, featuring Irish and international designers across a variety of crafts and is also home to many craft workshops.
Stop off in one of the many beautiful Kilkenny city centre restaurants or cafes for a spot of lunch before taking on round two of the Medieval Mile. Be sure to use your many café and restaurant vouchers located in your Medieval Mile Pass, including 10% off Rive Gauche, 10% off Rafter Dempsey’s, FREE Gelato at Aroi Aroi and 10% off at Kilkenny Café.
1.00pm – 5.00pm
After lunch, take a stroll along the medieval mile or why not hop on one of Kilkenny's tourist trains known as the Castle Express or Kilkenny City Tours. Stop off at Kilkenny's newest attraction, the Medieval Mile Museum where stories of Kilkenny's powerful patrons and inspired creators are told through the monuments and artefacts left behind. Next stop, visit Rothe House and Gardens, where you will see the magnificent 17th Century Irish merchant’s townhouse, built in 1594, consisting of three houses with courtyards, a collection of artefacts from Kilkenny’s past and a reconstructed 17th century walled garden with lots of space for the kids to run around in the fresh air.
Just across the street from Rothe House, you will find Smithwick’s Experience, originally known as the St Francis Abbey Brewery, where over 300 years ago, John Smithwick began brewing his first ales. Learn the story behind the ale that has taken centuries of turbulent times on the chin and survived against all odds, immerse yourself in the amazing background and heritage of the Smithwick’s family and enjoy a multi-sensory and interactive experience where you learn first-hand how to stir the mash and sniff the hops.
After the brewery tour and tasting, finish off your Medieval experience by climbing the steps to St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower, one of the most prominent sights in the beautiful Medieval city of Kilkenny. St Canice’s Round Tower is the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny and is also one of only two round towers in Ireland that visitors are allowed to climb. This 30m tower allows visitors to take in the wonderful views of the city and its surrounding countryside.
Time to relax and unwind…
Take a stroll along the Canal Walk before choosing one of Kilkenny’s many award winning Restaurants, Pubs or Hotel restaurants, all serving locally sourced, fresh and exquisite food experiences.
The fun begins where the pavements end...
Fuel up bright and early as it’s time to delve deep into Kilkenny’s scenic countryside.
9am: Dunmore Caves
Explore the incredible chambers formed over millions of years and known to man since the 9th century Irish Triads. Learn the gruesome tales of Viking massacres and activity dated 928 AD.
11am – 12noon: Kells Priory or Jerpoint Park
Time to take to the countryside for a breath of fresh air, where gifted storytellers share the tales of local history and ancient ruins.
Stop off at the 12th Century Jerpoint Abbey in Thomastown, where you will visit the Romanesque church and see tombs from the 13th to 16th centuries. From here continue to Jerpoint Park, to uncover the secret of the ‘Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint’, where Joe will introduce you to his famed sheepdog herding the geese.
1.00pm: Browse and Lunch
Dip in and out of the MADE in Kilkenny Craft Trail, at the beautifully restored flour mills in Bennettsbridge, now home to Nicholas Mosse pottery studios. Browse among a huge selection of Nicholas Mosse linen and glass over 3 floors while witnessing the potter and his team at work before enjoying a spot of lunch at the café or why not enjoy a picnic by the river.
If time is on your side stop off at Moth to a Flame candle makers workshop and experience the array of colours and aromas from these distinctive handmade candles.
Next Stop Graiguenamanagh, village of the monks and home to the largest and finest of the Cistercian abbeys still standing in Ireland, Duiske Abbey. This beautifully quant and scenic town is along the border of Co. Carlow and at the foot of Brandon Hill. The perfect place to spend the afternoon or evening, whether you want to chill out by the River Barrow, check out the history or find some adrenalin pumping action sports, this is the place to be. It’s been a long day driving, so we’ve selected some of our favourite things to do in Graiguenamanagh for you to choose from.
- Visit Duiske Abbey (The largest Cistercian abbey in Ireland)
- Visit Woodstock Gardens
- Take on a walking or cycling trail along the River
- Try some water adventures with Pure Adventures or Go With The Flow
- Climb to the top of Brandon Hill for sunset
- Simply relax and unwind with dinner, drinks and traditional music in a small country pub (your on holiday’s, it’s what it’s all about)
For Accommodation options in Graiguenamanagh click here.