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The county town of Kilkenny is one of the most popular destinations in Ireland's Southeast. Its magnificent castle, abbey churches, historic buildings, colorful shops and atmospheric medieval alleys, called "slips," are a joy to explore. The city takes its name from a 6th-century monastic school founded by St. Canice. It once boasted five medieval abbeys, including the Black Abbey with magnificent stained glass. St. Canice's Cathedral, the second-longest cathedral in Ireland, is full of treasures, from its carved hammerbeam roof to the sculpted tombs. Climb the round tower for views over the town. Built in the 1190s, Kilkenny Castle has ...

The county town of Kilkenny is one of the most popular destinations in Ireland's Southeast. Its magnificent castle, abbey churches, historic buildings, colorful shops and atmospheric medieval alleys, called "slips," are a joy to explore. The city takes its name from a 6th-century monastic school founded by St. Canice. It once boasted five medieval abbeys, including the Black Abbey with magnificent stained glass. St. Canice's Cathedral, the second-longest cathedral in Ireland, is full of treasures, from its carved hammerbeam roof to the sculpted tombs. Climb the round tower for views over the town. Built in the 1190s, Kilkenny Castle has impressive architecture and an art gallery. The castle's former stables are now home to the Kilkenny Design Centre, which produces beautiful crafts, from pottery to textiles. Among the town's other landmarks are Rothe House, a rare example of a Tudor merchant's house; Shee Alms House; Grace's Courthouse; and the St. Francis Abbey Brewery. Ten miles (16 km) south of Kilkenny, near Thomastown, are the evocative monastic ruins of Jerpoint Abbey. Its towering arches and intricately carved cloister and tombs make it one of the country's finest.

Donna Dailey
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Donna Dailey is the author of Thomas Cook’s Ireland driving guide, coauthor of DK’s Back Roads Ireland and several other titles, as well as the author of Thomas Cook’s HotSpots Costa Blanca and a contributor to AA Publishing’s Key Guide Spain.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: It is situated on both banks of the River Nore in the province of Leinster, in the south-east of Ireland.
  • Language: Irish, English
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

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    Spring, summer, autumn