Welcome to Visit Kilkenny Places
The Walkfo guide to things to do & explore in Kilkenny

Visit Kilkenny PlacesVisit Kilkenny places using Walkfo for free guided tours of the best Kilkenny places to visit. A unique way to experience Kilkenny’s places, Walkfo allows you to explore Kilkenny as you would a museum or art gallery with audio guides.

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Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh, meaning “church of Cainnech”) is a tourist destination. It is located in the South-East Region and in the province of Leinster. The 2016 census gave the total population of the city as 26,512. The city was granted a Royal Charter in 1609 by King James I of England, giving it the status of a city. When you visit Kilkenny, Walkfo brings Kilkenny places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Kilkenny Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Kilkenny

Visit Kilkenny – Walkfo’s stats for the places to visit

With 36 audio plaques & Kilkenny places for you to explore in the Kilkenny area, Walkfo is the world’s largest heritage & history digital plaque provider. The AI continually learns & refines facts about the best Kilkenny places to visit from travel & tourism authorities (like Wikipedia), converting history into an interactive audio experience.

Kilkenny history

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Kilkenny began with an early sixth-century ecclesiastical settlement, with a church built in honour of St. Canice. The Kings of Ossory, O’Carrolls and Fitzpatricks, had residence around Cill Chainnigh. Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, Richard Strongbow, as Lord of Leinster, established a castle near modern-day Kilkenny Castle. A remarkable early trial for witchcraft was that of Alice Kyteler (involving also her maidservant, Petronilla de Meath) instigated by the then Bishop of. Richard de Ledrede, in 1324.

Kilkenny culture & places

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Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s most visited towns and a base from which to explore the surrounding countryside. Art galleries, historic buildings, craft and design workshops, theatre, comedy, public gardens and museums are some of the main reasons to visit the town. Points of cultural interest include St. Canice’s Cathedral and St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Arts and festivals

Kilkenny Tradfest takes place over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in March and includes the parade and the Tradfest music festival. The annual Cat Laughs comedy festival takes place every June bank holiday week. The Kilkennomics is the world’s first economics and comedy festival in November. Savour is a food festival which happens in October every year.


Music in Kilkenny is a rich and vibrant music scene with traditional Irish Music and artists such as Kerbdog, Engine Alley, R.S.A.G., My Little Funhouse and groups like Kilnenny Music. Many pubs have Irish traditional music sessions.


The Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny is a centre for the performing and visual arts. It provides a varied programme of professional and amateur dramatics, classical and contemporary music, opera and dance. The Set Theatre is a smaller theatre located on John Street in the city.


Kilkenny has hosted the Subtitle European Film Festival each November since 2012. Award-winning animated studio Cartoon Saloon and film production companies Young Irish Film Makers and Mycrofilms are all based in the city.


KCLR is available on 96FM and is an independent local radio station. Beat 102-103 is a regional youth radio station broadcasting across the South East of Ireland. Newspapers have been produced in Kilkenny for centuries.


Kilkenny was named as the Academy of Urbanism European Great Town for 2008. The Academy Chairman, John Thompson, said “it is great to have an Irish town coming through in this year’s awards” The town won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 1985.

Kilkenny toponymy

Kilkenny is the anglicised version of the Irish Cill Chainnigh, meaning Cell/Church of Cainneach or Canice. This relates to a church built in honour of St. Canice, an Ulsterman, on the hill now containing St Canice’s Cathedral and the round tower. This seems to be the first major settlement.

Kilkenny landmarks

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Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral and round tower are examples of the monastic settlement. Rothe House on Parliament Street is an example of an Elizabethan merchant townhouse located on the only completely surviving burgage plot in Ireland. Black Marble or Black Marble was used to decorate many of the city’s buildings.

Kilkenny Castle and city walls

Kilkenny Kilkenny Castle and city walls photo

Castle in Kilkenny city was the seat of the Butler family. The first stone castle was begun in 1204 by William Marshall the site was completed in 1213. Part of the collection of the National Art Gallery is on display in the castle.

St. Canice’s Cathedral and tower

St Canice’s Cathedral, also known as Kilkenny Cathedral, dates from the 13th century and is the second longest cathedral in Ireland. The cathedral is named after Saint Canice, who also gave his name to the town. Beside the cathedral stands a 100 ft 9th century round tower.


Green’s Bridge, John’s Bridge and the Ossory Bridge are four main bridges in Kilkenny City. Each of the bridges spans the River Nore in St. Canices Parish in the townland of Gardens. The present-day bridge was built in 1766 after the ‘Great Flood of 1763’ and is reputedly the longest single-span reinforced bridge in Ireland.

Old Woollen Mills

The Old Woollen Mills was built in the 1800s and is located on the north side of the city. It was one of the largest employers in the area. The site covers 90,000 square feet (8,400 m) and has more than a mile of river frontage onto the Nore.

Kilkenny geography / climate

Kilkenny is situated in the Nore Valley on both banks of the River Nore. It is 117 kilometres (73 mi) away the capital Dublin and 48 kilometres (30 mi) north from the nearest city Waterford. The elevation is 60 metres (200 ft) above mean sea level. The main religion is Catholicism, however there are Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist, Jewish and other religious traditions.


Kilkenny Climate photo

The climate of Kilkenny is a changeable oceanic climate with few extremes. The highest air temperature ever recorded in Ireland was 33.3 °C (91.9 °F) in June 1887. The maximum daily sunshine was 16.3 hours on 18 June 1978. The warmest and sunniest month on record was August 1995.


Kilkenny Governance photo

Kilkenny is part of the Carlow–Kilkenny Dáil constituency and the South European Parliament constituency. It was previously represented until 1800 in the Irish House of Commons and in the United Kingdom as Kilkenny City from 1801 to 1918. It is not currently governed as a city, but it is both common and permissible to continue to refer to the city, per Section 10(6) of the Local Government Act 2001.

Why visit Kilkenny with Walkfo Travel Guide App?

Visit Kilkenny PlacesYou can visit Kilkenny places with Walkfo Kilkenny to hear history at Kilkenny’s places whilst walking around using the free digital tour app. Walkfo Kilkenny has 36 places to visit in our interactive Kilkenny map, with amazing history, culture & travel facts you can explore the same way you would at a museum or art gallery with information audio headset. With Walkfo, you can travel by foot, bike or bus throughout Kilkenny, being in the moment, without digital distraction or limits to a specific walking route. Our historic audio walks, National Trust interactive audio experiences, digital tour guides for English Heritage locations are available at Kilkenny places, with a AI tour guide to help you get the best from a visit to Kilkenny & the surrounding areas.

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Best Kilkenny places to visit

Kilkenny has places to explore by foot, bike or bus. Below are a selection of the varied Kilkenny’s destinations you can visit with additional content available at the Walkfo Kilkenny’s information audio spots:

Kilkenny photo Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Kilkenny
The Church of Saint John the Evangelist or John’s Church is a Gothic Revival style church in Kilkenny, Ireland. The Church was designed by William Hague and built from 1903 to 1908 on the site of an earlier church located in the graveyard.
Kilkenny photo Campagne (restaurant)
Campagne (French pronunciation: ​[kɑ̃.paɲ], meaning “countryside”) is a restaurant in Kilkenny, Ireland. Head chef Gareth Byrne, formerly of Chapter One, opened the restaurant in 2008.
Kilkenny photo Stephens Barracks
Stephens Barracks (Irish: Dún Mhic Stiofáin) is a military installation in Kilkenny, Ireland.
Kilkenny photo Switzer’s Asylum
Switzer’s Asylum also known as Saint James Asylum was founded by James Switzer of Kilkenny in the 1800s for the housing of twenty poor widows.
Kilkenny photo James Stephens GAA
James Stephens is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1887 and has enjoyed equal success in both hurling and Gaelic football.

Visit Kilkenny plaques

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Kilkenny has 0 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Kilkenny plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Kilkenny using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Kilkenny plaque. Currently No Physical Plaques.