Kilkenny’s Vibrant Heritage | Kilkenny Tourism

Kilkenny’s Vibrant Heritage


Kilkenny is recognised as the heritage capital of Ireland - and for great reason. Kilkenny City and County are full of beautiful and engaging heritage attractions - below we have put together some handy heritage itineraries to help you discover Kilkenny's vibrant heritage and hidden cultural gems.

Heritage Kilkenny Street Scene

Kilkenny City

First, pay a visit to St Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower, before visiting local silversmith Jane Huston to view her hand-made jewellery.

St Canices Cathedral Kilkenny

Then visit Rothe House and enjoy the tranquil Garden, followed by a short stroll to the Black Abbey. Finally, pop into the Chapter House of St Mary's Cathedral, before embarking on the Kilkenny Way Tour to learn about Kilkenny's extraordinary Hurling Heritage!

Kilkenny Way Hurling


North East Kilkenny

Located 10km from Kilkenny City on the Castlecomer Rd, visit Dunmore Cave, which contains some of the finest calcite formations found in any Irish cave.

Heritage Kilkenny Dunmore Caves

Continue on the same road and enjoy a stroll amongst the deer at Jenkinstown Park, before journeying onto Castlecomer Discovery Park, which has the Jarrow café, a fascinating coal-mining interpretative museum and a craft yard.

Castlecomer Discvoery Park


East Kilkenny

A meal in the Gowran Racetrack Restaurant will fill you up for this active bundle, which includes a trip to nearby Gowran Castle and the historic St Mary's Church.

Heritage Kilkenny Jerpoint Abbey

Call into the artisan food shop "Glasrai and Goodies" for some treats.  Then pay a visit to Ireland's only Reptile Zoo. Journey onto Goresbridge and take a scenic meander along the banks of the River Barrow.

Gowran Reptile Zoo


South West Kilkenny

First, pay a visit to the Calder-Potts Family at Highbank Orchards to sample some of their famous, and delicious, apple syrup. Continue on to see Bridge Pottery run by Caroline Dolan and Spirit Jewellery by Friederike Grace.

Spirit Jewellery Kilkenny

Visit Burch Church Castle where Oliver Cromwell rested, before arriving at spectacular Kells Priory, known locally as "Seven Castles" for its striking tower houses.

Heritage Kilkenny Kells Priory



This is feast for lovers of craft. Call into Larry Kinsella and witness him crafting beautiful candles at Moth to a Flame.  Enjoy a cuppa in the restaurant at Nicolas Mosse Pottery Factory before wandering around the pottery shop and observing how this internationally famous pottery is hand crafted.

Heritage Kilkenny Nicolas Moose Pottery Factory

Call into Philip Heiter, a local wood turner, followed by a leisurely stroll along the River Nore.

Walk from Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge


Browse around Karen Morgan's contemporary pottery shop in Thomastown, before paying a visit to Jerpoint Glass to learn about the craft of glass blowing. Continue on to Jerpoint Abbey, built in 1180AD.

Jerpoint Abbey Kilkenny

From the Abbey, drive on the same road and you will see Goatsbridge Trout Farm, which is a must for all fish lovers. Continue on to Jerpoint Park you will enjoy the wonderful experiences of Jerpoint Park, Ireland's best surviving example of a deserted 12th Century Medieval Town. Finally, stop into the magnificent Mount Juliet Estate for well-deserved refreshments.

Heritage Kilkenny Goatsbridge Trout Fire


The charming village of Inistoige can be fully appreciated from an outlook point on the drive up to the exquisite grounds of Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum, which is a steep drive from the village but well worth it.

Heritage Kilkenny Woodstock Gardens

Stop off in the village for a cuppa in the Circle of Friends Café, followed by a visit to Tunde Toth Papermaker to learn about the art of papermaking (by appointment only).

Tunde Toth Papermaking Kilkenny


Visit the largest Cistercian Duiske Abbey in the gorgeous village of Graignamanagh. Enjoy the ambience by the River Barrow on the way to Duiske Glass Kilkenny, followed by a visit to see Cushendale Wollen Mills. Finish your journey by bike, on foot, or by car to the beautiful village of St Mullins, enjoying some desserts at the Mulicán Café.

Heritage Kilkenny Duiske Abbey


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