Discover The Top Things to Do in Kilkenny City & County in 48 hours
MORNING- Nicholas Mosse Pottery
Begin your cultured filled day with a memorable visit to Nicholas Mosse Pottery, a short 15-minute drive from the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel. Established by Nicholas Mosse himself in 1976, following periods of training in both England and Japan.
His mission is to produce beautiful, functional pottery in the style of Irish spongeware. Irish spongeware was the traditional pottery of Ireland used all the way back in the 18th century. It was mainly made in simple honest shapes with decoration applied using a cut sponge.
The artisans who work at the pottery are all local and trained in-house to make, or ‘throw’, the pottery shapes and to decorate them. Many have been with the family run business since the very beginning and now even some of their children work with us, so it’s a real family affair and a testament to the richness of rural life in Ireland.
AFTERNOON - Kilkenny Food Trail
Experience the rich and varied food culture of Kilkenny- from artisan cheese makers to chocolatiers and cosy cafes to cosmopolitan city eateries. Discover all things foodie with a dedicated food trail brought to you by TASTE of Kilkenny, who invite everybody to use their trail and discover the countryside farms and city restaurants.
The food trail currently has 38 participating bodies. Visit some of the best Kilkenny has to offer such as the Smithwick’s Experience, Fennelly’s- a coffee shop but also a cultural hub and The Watergarden in Thomastown, - which has it all from a delicious coffee shop to a gallery full of local crafts.
Download the trail map here.
With all the mention of food, spoil yourself to an award-winning meal in the family owned and run restaurant, where you will find fine dining in the heart of Kilkenny city. Food and family are at the heart of Italian culture and at the heart of Ristorante Rinuccini.
Did you know that Ristorante Rinuccini takes its name from Giovanni Battista Rinuccini, a Florentine noble who spent four years living amongst the people of Kilkenny in the mid-seventeenth century? While in Kilkenny, he was held in great respect by the laity and clergy alike, for his refinement and patronage of the arts and fine food.
Rinuccini was reported to have coined the phrase ‘Tavola quattro chiacchiere gusto da tradizione Italiana’ while he was living in Kilkenny, which translates to ‘At the table conversation is an Italian tradition’. The team strive to deliver this sentiment with every meal and to live up to the Rinuccini name each day.
MORNING - Shop until you drop
Begin your day the right way, with a spot of retail therapy! There are so many shops, bookstores and boutiques in Kilkenny city. There is a huge range of small independent stores in Kilkenny city that offer quality pottery, glass, hand woven fabrics, style and much more. Both High street and Parliament street are certainly worth exploring and you will find a mix of fashion and craft stores on Kieran street.
For those days when the weather is at its worst then take refuge in the McDonagh Junction, which is Kilkenny’s newest residential, commercial business & leisure quarter. Pop into Dunnes, H&M, River Island, Next or get some big brand items for small prices at TK Maxx. During your visit be sure to take advantage of the FREE personal shopper experience which is available throughout the centre, for some fantastic style & fashion advice.
LUNCH - Hendrick’s Gin Afternoon Tea
From your morning of shopping drop your bags off and lighten the load. Time for a delightful treat at Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel...Teatime with the weirdly wonderful Hendrick's Gin! We at the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel have created a scrumptious menu of the most delicious treats which are sure to tempt you. Mind-blowing Macaroons, beautiful Brulées and melt in your mouth Meringues... a tantalizing culinary journey for only the most curious. Don't forget about the star of the show, a deliciously refreshing Hendricks & Fever-Tree Tonic!
AFTERNOON - Kilkenny Design Centre
No trip to Kilkenny would be complete without a visit to the Kilkenny Design centre, the craft capital of Ireland. Did you know that the Kilkenny Design centre is a part of Kilkenny’s Castle Yard, built in the 1780s by the Butlers, Earls of Ormonde, as the coach houses and stables of historic Kilkenny Castle.
The Castle Yard is also home to the National Design and Craft Gallery, one of Ireland’s most exciting artistic venues and tours are now available for Kilkenny Castleyard. Learn about the origins of Irish art, craft and design while discovering some local makers. Enjoy complimentary Ballykeef Irish Poitin and sample some mouth-watering Butlers chocolates. The 50-minute tours are available 7 days a week, pre booking is essential. To enquire or make a booking please email firstname.lastname@example.org
LATE- Kytelers Bar
With a history dating back to 1263, Kytelers Inn, is located in the heart of the Medieval City of Kilkenny and combines a rich heritage with 21st century amenities & service.
Since it was first established by the notorious Dame Alice de Kyteler in the 13th. For centuries, the Inn has welcomed visitors and has provided them with good food and beverages. To-day its menu maintains the proud tradition of Irish cooking and from its taps flow local beers like Kilkenny and Smithwicks as well as Guinness and the Irish lager, Harp. During your visit be sure to admire the original stone walls, which were stripped back when local stonemasons were hired to restore the Medieval interior.