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County Kilkenny

Kilkenny is a land of achingly beautiful valleys where elegant rivers weave their way through a rich countryside spiced by handsome hills. So naturally it's a place whose people care passionately about their county, and the miniature city at its heart. For Kilkenny - the Marble City - is one of Ireland's oldest cities, and proud of it. Its array of ancient buildings is unrivalled. But, by today's standards of population, this gem of a place is scarcely a city at all. Yet it's a city in every other way, with great and justified pride in its corporate status.

Civic pride is at the heart of it, and the city is benefitting from the refurbishment of its ancient quay walls along the River Nore, and the increase in pedestrian zones. Enjoying its reputation as a major centre for civilisation and culture for well over 1500 years, Kilkenny city thrives on a diverse mixture of public debates about conservation, arts festivals, and a comedy festival of international standing.

Rivers define the county. Almost the entire eastern border is marked by the Barrow, which becomes ever more spectacularly lovely as it rolls gently through the beautiful Graiguenamanagh, then thrusts towards the sea at the tiny river port of St Mullins. The southern border is marked by the broad tidal sweep of the Suir, and this fine county is divided diagonally by the meandering of the most beautiful river of all, the Nore.

Invaders inevitably progressed up its tree-lined course past what is now the lovely river village of Inistioge, towards the ancient site of Kilkenny city itself. They quickly became Kilkenny folk in the process, for this is a land to call home.



Local Attractions and Information

Callan Edmund Rice House +353 (0)56 772 5993

Gowran Gowran Park Racecourse +353 (0)56 772 6225

Inistioge Woodstock Gardens +353 (0)56 52699

Graiguenamanagh Cushendale Woollen Mills +353 (0)59 972 4118

Kilkenny Kilkenny Castle +353 (0)56 772 1450

Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival (May) +353 (0)56 776 3416

Kilkenny Rothe House (16c house, exhibitions) +353 (0)56 772 2893

Kilkenny City Tourist Information +353 (0)56 775 15000

Thomastown Jerpoint Abbey +353 (0)56 772 4623

Thomastown Kilfane Glen & Waterfall +353 (0)56 772 4558

Thomastown Mount Juliet Gardens +353 (0)56 777 3000

Tullaroan Kilkenny GAA Museum +353 (0)56 69202

Gardens

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall - Thomastown County Kilkenny Ireland
Kilfane Glen & Waterfall
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Kilfane is Ireland’s answer to Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon. This rediscovered treasure of gardening history was originally designed in the 1790s in the fashionably romantic style to embellish the gothic wonders of nature. Paths a ...
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Golf

Castlecomer Golf Club - Castlecomer County Kilkenny Ireland
Castlecomer Golf Club
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Course Type: Parkland
Set in a 200 year old forest, Castlecomer's course provides a great test of golf combined with breath taking views of the local terrain. With the development of this course completed in 2003, it is clear to everyone at Castlecomer Golf Club that ...
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Self Catering

Blanchville House - Self Catering - Maddoxtown County Kilkenny Ireland
The Coachyard & Gardener's Cottage at Blanchville House
Maddoxtown, Co. Kilkenny
The delightful Victorian Coach House in the grounds of Blanchville House has been sensitively converted to provide three very comfortable self-catering units. Situated five miles (8km), 10 minute's drive from the Medieval City of Kilkenny and ...
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Tourist Attractions

Castlecomer Discovery Park - Castlecomer County Kilkenny Ireland
Castlecomer Discovery Park
Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny
This wonderful 80 acre discovery park & visitor centre, located at Castlecomer Demesne and Estate Yard is a place to escape and reconnect with nature, to discover more about local coal mining heritage and contemporary craft, and to explore an ...
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Wedding Venues

Mount Juliet Hotel - Wedding Venue Thomastown County Kilkenny Ireland
Mount Juliet
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Lying amongst 1500 acres of unspoilt woodland, pasture and formal gardens in a walled estate beside the River Nore, this Georgian Manor is an 18th century gem - a charming and graceful house, very traditional in style with beautifully restored or ...
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