Located On Ormonde Street and a short 2 Minute walk from Kilkenny Castle where the popular Kilkenny Medieval mile tour begins the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel is the perfect venue to both begin and finish your Medieval mile experience.
Once The medieval capital of Ireland, Kilkenny city is steeped in medieval history, architecture and heritage. The medieval mile tour offers visitors a fantastic opportunity to step back in time and experience what life was like in Kilkenny during its medieval era.
Begin your Medieval mile experience with a tour of the impressive Kilkenny castle built in the 12th century by Strongbow and later inhabited for over 600 years by the Butler family. This stunning castle is rich in history and has been restored to its former glory by the office of public works.
St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower
Take in the wonderful St Canice’s Cathedral and round tower Founded in the 6th Century by Saint Canice after whom Kilkenny is named. Decorated with ornate stain glass windows and rich in ecclesiastical heritage it is a must see when travelling through Kilkenny. The adjoining round tower is only one of two in Ireland which the people can still climb today. Once at the top visitors will be ale to capture an amazing view of Kilkenny City and its surroundings.
Medieval Mile Museum
The recently opened medieval mile museum in Kilkenny city offers both guided and self-guided tours throughout the year. The museum features some of Kilkenny's finest stone art dating from Neolithic Ireland through to the medieval era and beyond. Visitors will also be able to read through some of Kilkenny unique and historic records dating back as far as the 1200’s where visitors get a glimpse into daily life in Kilkenny city.
The story of brewing in Kilkenny begins long before the foundation of Smithwicks in 1710 and the Smithwick's experience brings visitors through the centuries of history surrounding Kilkenny and its history with brewing Ale. The tour begins in the Abbey of St Francis where the 14th Century monks crafted their own Ale from the well using ingredients sourced locally in an effort to purify the then undrinkable water.
The tour then brings visitors through the period of the 1700’s when John Smithwick arrived in Kilkenny and the challenges he faced in starting the business due to the harsh penal laws of the period and how he used his wit to go undetected when Brewing his Ale.