48 Hours in Kilkenny

Discover The Top Things to Do in Kilkenny City & County in 48 hours

DAY 1 - Explore Kilkenny City’s Medieval Mile


Click Here to view the Medieval Mile Map

Kilkenny is known as the Medieval Capital of Ireland & one of its main charms is its adorable medieval, winding & cobbled streets. Walk along Kilkenny’s medieval mile to discover the city’s historic highlights.  As Ireland’s best-preserved medieval city, the mile captures 800 years of history and hosts renowned and hidden gems, from the magnificent 12th Century Kilkenny Castle & parklands.

Click here to view Kilkenny Castle's Park & Gardens.

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Visit Kilkenny Design Centre & Castle Yard, learn the origins of Irish art, craft and design while discovering local Kilkenny producers & makers.

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Make a visit to the enchanting Rothe House & Gardens. Grab a city map & enjoy the sights for yourself, or join in on one of Kilkenny’s many city tours, on foot, by city train or on a Segway. Choose between the Kilkenny City Road Train which is a big hit with the kids or take in Kilkenny City's best highlights with one of Shenanigan's Walking Tours. You can also treat yourself to a modern tour of Kilkenny with a Segway tour of the medieval city. 


Free Things to Do in Kilkenny:

Kilkenny offers a brilliant range of different activities that you can do for free during your stay in Kilkenny such as visits to galleries, churches and cultural trails. Visit Kilkenny have made a list of great things you can do for free in Kilkenny so click here to read their list. 

Best Instagram Picture Locations in Kilkenny:

Kilkenny is a stunning medieval City and Kilkenny County is also has a beautiful part of Ireland so there are plenty of locations across the county for you to find some photo opportunities to update your Instagram story or grid. Click here to find out the best 5 photo opportunities in Kilkenny.

Shop till you drop in Kilkenny

There are so many shops, bookstores and standalone boutiques in Kilkenny city. There is a huge amount of independent stores in Kilkenny City that offer quality pottery, glass, hand woven fabrics, styling clothing and more. High Street and Parliament Street are worth exploration for shopping as does The Butterslip and Kieran Street where you will find a mix of fashion, crafts and jewellery stores. 

Learn the skill of Hurling in Ireland's #1 Hurling County

Learn about the history & culture of the GAA along with a beginner’s lesson in Hurling with a fun Hurling Experience in Kilkenny.


DAY 2 - Beyond the City

On your second day, take some time to explore further afield into the towns & villages of County Kilkenny. We would recommend visiting Castlecomer, Graiguenamanagh, Kilfane Waterfall and Woodstock Gardens. Here is a useful driving map to help you find your way around.


Castlecomer Discovery Park – 80 acres of Woodland

Three permanent orienteering trails are set up in the woodland to complement the range of recreational activities here at the park.

These courses vary in the distance; 1.6km Short, 2.4 km Medium and 3km Long. Each course has a number of codes secured to wooden posts throughout the 80 acres of woodland.

The trails can be done at ease or for those that want a challenge can be completed by competing for time. This provides the opportunity for participants to return and do a longer and more advanced trail as an individual, in pairs, or as a team.


Castlecomer craft yard is home to a growing group of craftspeople and artists selling pottery, silver jewellery, interiors, fine art painting, fine jewellery and ceramics.

Castlecomer is a 20-minute drive from Kilkenny City.


Graiguenamanagh – 29kms from Kilkenny City

Graignamanagh is a beautiful town and is home to Duiske Abbey, originally a Cistercian Monastery, now a Catholic parish church. With a simple exterior contrasting with its elaborate interior, visitors can see the ancient stone and high clerestory windows of the nave as well as an effigy of a 13th-century knight at the entrance.

If walking, check out Graignamanagh Heritage Trail and Hidden trails.

Or try an exhilarating canoeing trip with ‘Go with the Flow’.


Kilfane Waterfall

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall located in Thomastown, Kilkenny is a pristine example of a romantic era garden dating from the 1790s. Untouched for 200 years, it is a picturesque paradise with a waterfall tumbling its way to a rushing stream and woodland paths leading to a cottage orné. Tiny bridges sit among ancient trees, wild fox-gloves, ferns and other historically correct 18th century planting. 

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Woodstock Estate | Restored Victorian Gardens and Arboretum

Woodstock Gardens are located in the south-east of Kilkenny just outside the picturesque village of Inistioge. The gardens, overlooking the River Nore Valley, offer the visitor a wide variety of attractions and are a most relaxing and beautiful environment in which to spend a day. The gardens are currently undergoing restoration by Kilkenny County Council and further features and planting are being added all the time.


Useful Links:

6 Spring Walks in Kilkenny

The Ultimate Summer Kilkenny Picnic Guide 

Walking Trails in Kilkenny

Cycling Trails in Kilkenny

Food & Craft Trail Experience in Kilkenny

Themed Trails in Kilkenny