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Kilkenny is a rather fun place to end up if you are traveling through Ireland. While the city does attract a fair amount of tourism, it has lost neither its charm nor its warmth toward visitors. And besides the well-preserved medieval city itself, there are a host of other activities to do and attractions to see.
Kilkenny hostels are mostly centrally located within the city, and well within walking distance of shops and some local attractions. Parking can be a bit of an issue, so if you have a car, be prepared to fork over some money for parking. For sightseeing, Kilkenny Castle is at the top of a hill, and since it is part of the OPW Heritage, it is pretty cheap to get in and take a tour. If it's closed or you don't feel like spending any money, the castle grounds themselves are free and lovely to take a stroll around.
If you have the means to travel outside the city, take a tour of Dunmore Caves, just a few miles north of the city, and check out the formations and learn about the viking raiders who pillaged the townspeople hiding in the caves. Farther away, but still within the county of Kilkenny, are Kells Priory and Jerpoint Abbey. There is a lively musical scene in Kilkenny (as in many Irish towns), so be sure to check out the pubs in the evening to see some live music. Kilkenny also hosts music festivals, so make sure to book ahead if you're arriving during a busy time, otherwise you can mostly just walk up to any Kilkenny hostel.
There is a large shopping center in the middle of town, so you can find almost anything you'll need -- it's within walking distance of everything. On the whole, Kilkenny isn't the best place to come for crazy nightlife, but for a solid Irish atmosphere, this city hits the spot.
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Kilkenny Tourist Hostel
"Location Kilkenny isn't a large town to start with, and the hostel has an excellent location just a few blocks from the center of town. From the intersection of Rose Inn Street, the Parade, Patrick Street, and High Street, just west of the bridge in the center of town, head north on High Street about five blocks or so and it turns into Parliament Street. The hostel is on the right. If you come to a "T" intersection with Dean Street and...
MacGabhainns Backpacker Hostel
"MacGabhainns Backpacker Hostel is perfect for those on a budget. The Location The hostel is close to everything, with parking available in the street. It's a few minutes' walk to the main centre of town in a secure and safe location. Rooms and Bathrooms The hostel is small and cosy. Rooms are average in size and comfortable, with bunk beds in shared rooms (private rooms are available). The shared bathrooms are small but adequate....
Lanigan's Hostel, Kilkenny
"… storage and security lockers * Laundry facilities and a guest kitchen * No lockout and no curfew and * A 24 hour reception 'The Kilkenny Way' gives visitors a glimpse into the fastest ball game in the world and a traditional sport born and bred in Ireland. It consists of; Introduction video to history of G.A.A. Hurling (Ireland's national sport), A short walk to Nowlan Park for tour of the stadium,...
"… dorms, all provided with fresh linen and a free breakfast. We also have a female only dorm. Fresh linen and towels are provided, so no need to pack your own. Wake up in the morning to a free continental breakfast, and don't forget our residents bar. We have live music 5 nights a week, table quizzes and tours can be organized on request. Our bar serves the best in Irish and international food and drink and we offer our residents...
Church View B&B
"… breakfast, and we also have a pleasant garden. Pat and Monica Banahan look forward to welcoming you to Church View B&B with a nice cup of tea or coffee, and giving you a taste of real Irish hospitality. Historic Kilkenny city has plenty to offer all the family, with shops, restaurants and traditional music. Angling, golf, horse riding, swimming, shooting and hill walking are all available nearby. Private parking is...
"Very nice, extremely friendly. We were presented a CD of traditional Irish music by (perhaps) a relative from up the road afew miles. Banjo Burke. Thank you Lil and Frank. Dan Burke and family, Des Moines , Iowa, USA" … "… suite bedrooms and 1 standard room, all fully equipped with orthopaedic beds, electric blankets and hair dryers. The price includes a continental breakfast with cereals, toast, butter, jam, coffee and...
"Ashbrook House is a 3 STAR Bed and Breakfast, just a 10 minute drive, 9 kilometers from Kilkenny City, Ireland's Mediaeval Capital. Sandra and Dermot greet all guests with a warm welcome, offering high quality accommodation in a beautiful rural setting. Ashbrook House is the perfect base for touring the South East and the ideal location for a holiday or a short break. We are always at hand to guide or advise you in whatever way we can....
"… and can be sold as twin rooms if required. The Laurels B&B is located directly opposite Hotel Kilkenny and only a few minutes from Springhill Court Hotel, Days Hotel, Lyrath Hotel, The Ormonde Hotel, The Hibernian Hotel and The Pembroke Hotel. We have private parking. Within easy reach of all the city's main sights, The Laurels B&B offers some of the best accommodation in Kilkenny and promise to make your stay as...
"… and train station this is the perfect accommodation to help you enjoy your time in Kilkenny. We have 4 bedrooms with gas central heating and also have a self catering kitchen. We are very near the Watergate theatre if you want to spend an evening out and about, all the shops and bars are nearby. Our living room awaits you with an open fire to warm up and relax after a day enjoying the many sites and attractions kilkenny has to...
"… all the shops and restaurants as well as the bus and train stations, we offer free parking for guests. All of our rooms are en-suite and comfortably furnished. All feature TV, WiFi, hairdryers, irons and tea/coffee-making facilities. A delicious full Irish breakfast is included in the rates and served in our spacious dining lounge. Kilkenny has numerous attractions, including Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice's Cathedral, Rothe...
"… equipped with hairdryers, tea / coffee making facilities and cable TV. WI FI internet connection is available in all rooms and public areas. Complimentary secure parking is available on site. Breakfast, which is included, is a hearty full Irish Breakfast made of local produce. A lighter continental option is also available. Castlelodge is a wonderful base from where to explore the City and County, great tours can be arranged...
"… HD TV, free WiFi, hairdryers, safes and hospitality trays, as well as luxurious queen-sized beds. A complimentary full Irish breakfast is included in the rates and served in the Kilkenny Design Centre. Outside, guests have access to free private parking and beautiful gardens. Butler House is a truly unique place to stay while visiting Kilkenny - a beautiful 18th-century property with a prime location, helping you to really...
"… rooms featuring central heating, en-suite bathrooms, hairdryers and tea/coffee-making facilities. We have single and double rooms as well as a family room, and a great breakfast is included in the rates. Downstairs, guests have access to a comfortable lounge. Kilkenny's medieval city centre can be easily reached on foot or by car; off-street parking is available at Rodini B&B. Check-in: 2-6pm Check-out: 11am Please...
Cleeres Greensbridge House
"… rooms, tasty breakfasts and traditional Irish hospitality. All our rooms have private bathrooms and are equipped with TV, WiFi and tea/coffee-making facilities. We also have a lovely garden for guests' use, as well as free private parking. Set on the beautiful River Nore, which crosses Kilkenny city centre, Cleeres Greensbridge House is ideal for every type of stay, from family holidays to business trips. Check-in: 3pm...
"… in the rates and is served between 8-9.30am. we can accomodate later or earlier breakfast times also. Melrose House is situated just opposite Hotel Kilkenny, and provides a great base for enjoying everything this beautiful county has to offer, including fishing, cycling, golf, horse riding and walking. Kilkenny city itself has plenty of places to get a taste for traditional Irish music, food and drink. Check-in: 2-6pm Please...
"… at Glendine House a beautifully appointed B&B in Kilkenny, adjacent to Kilkenny golf club and Newpark Hotel and within easy reach of Kilkenny ring road. Your host Alan prides himself on the personal service he extends to his guests. Luxurious spacious guest bedrooms at Glendine House have been furnished to ensure a comfortable stay. An excellent hearty breakfast is served in our homely dining room. Facilities at the B&B...
"… has a private car park facility and is fully central heated to keep you cosy on those cold winter evenings. All rooms are non smoking and are fitted with a hair dryer and television. The residents lounge offers visitors the chance to relax, unwind and mingle with other guests. At all times there is access to tea & coffee making facilities. In our bright breakfast room you will enjoy a full traditional Irish breakfast....
Oldtown Farmhouse B&B
"… as far away as America, Japan and also continental Europe and the home market. There is an ancient ring fort on the farmland dating back 1700 - 2000 years. Initial observations would suggest it was built and lived in by an ancient Gaelic Chieftain. For any guests who are interested we would be delighted to give a complimentary tour of the nursery and the ring fort and also tell you the local history. Attractions located in the...
Butler Court Guest Accommodation
"Each room is entered directly from the courtyard - 6 on ground level and 4 on upper level. One room is wheelchair accessible. Electronic keys for convenience and security. Butler Court offers you a central, quiet courtyard setting with modern accommodation where you'll receive a warm Irish welcome from hosts Yvonne and John. Formerly a Carriage House & Stable Yard for Kilkenny Castle, Butler Court combines the charms of a bygone era...
Céad Mile Fáilte Townhouse
"… High Street shopping district, restaurants, bars, pubs, all Kilkennys tourist attractions are close by. Accommodation Options: Option 1- Double Private Room with King Size Bed, en suite bathroom with bath & shower, whb, wc. Option 2 - Triple Private Room with King Size Bed, + 1 Single bed (€25.00 extra per night for third guest) Kitchen/Dining/Lounge area. Patio/Garden area. Holiday price include: Free WIFI, Bed linen,...
"… on foot. Be sure to leave time to relax in the local bars and restaurants. Please note: Check-in: 12-8pm Check-out: 11am Please contact us in advance about your arrival time. Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours in advance. Credit cards are accepted. Car Parking is at the Ormonde Muilty car park. We cover your parking from 6pm to 12 noon the following day. Outside of these hours a fee of €1.50 per hour...
Brandon View B&B
"Stayed here last year for the Cat Laughs in Kilkenny. we were told it was ten minutes from Kilkenny city. I see this has since been amended, we were actually ten minutes' drive from a bus stop to Kilkenny city which took nearly forty minutes. The woman of the house wasn't very friendly, no sign of refreshments on arrival, we weren't even shown to a lounge or living room. We had to rush to get ready as soon as we got there as the last bus was...
Breagagh View Bed & Breakfast
"… lounge. Nearby attractions include the best of Kilkenny's pubs, music, restaurants, craft shops and art galleries. Breagagh View Bed and Breakfast is the ideal base to immerse yourself in the history of this medieval city, discover Kilkenny Castle and Rothe House, or take a day trip to explore the fascinating and varied landscapes of Woodstock Estate, Castlecomer Demesne or wonder through the Dunmore Caves. Please note:...
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