Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s most beautiful, medieval cities. And, she has a past. What an intriguing combination
How can we list everything Kilkenny has going for her? Not easy, but we’ll give it a go.
• Every August Kilkenny hosts Ireland’s top art festivals. Kilkenny loves to party.
• Kilkenny’s narrow alleys, called slips, are a glimpse of her medieval past. Slip into one. It’s a really scary, and a pretty thrilling. Butter Slip is named after the stalls that used to line this small marketplace. Soak up the color!
• Rothe House is a fine merchant’s house from the Tudor era. Inside is a tiny museum that has a display of local archaeological findings and costumes. Now, that’s a strange combination, but quite wonderful.
• Kyteler’s Inn is a medieval coaching tavern, and now we come to the witch, Alice. Alice Kyteler lived her in the 1300s. Accused of being a witch, she made a run for it. She escaped, but her maid wasn’t as lucky. Be always on your guard when hanging out with a witch.
• Kyteler’s Inn, still a great business, sells Smithwick’s beer, brewed in Kilkenny since 1710. Quite a run for this unusal, and must-taste, brew.
• Talk about a castle! Kilkenny Castle overlooks the River Nore and is one of Ireland’s best-loved Castle. The hammer-beam and glass roof is amazing.
• The Kilkenny Design Center is housed in the castle’s stables. With a great national reputation, you’ll want to head there and watch something beautiful being made. You’ll no doubt want to buy something, too. Their crafts are irresistible.
• If you like to drink, Kilkenny is a paradise bubbling with 6 different local brews.
Take a walk. Explore. Kilkenny is doable on foot, and you’ll feel the past touch the future with every step. The levels and neighborhoods of the city reflect its changing history. And you get to be part of it!