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Trip PlannerEurope  /  Ireland  /  Province of Leinster  /  County Kilkenny  /  Kilkenny


Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Nightlife
Marble City
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities. Located on the so-called "Sunny South East" just an hour's drive southwest of Dublin, this thriving urban center serves as one of the country's most popular weekend getaways. The walkable city center contains numerous medieval landmarks, including an imposing Gothic cathedral and the country's oldest brewery, founded in 1221. A commanding Norman castle, the city's dominant feature, overlooks the Nore River and offers visitors free access to its vast ornamental gardens. Avoid the biggest crowds by visiting the city on a weekday. When using our Ireland trip builder, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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