Kilkenny is a medieval town known locally as ‘the marble city’. Home to Kilkenny Castle, this 12th century castle is steeped in history, walk in the footsteps of Earls, Strongbow and the ‘bogey-man’ of Irish history, Oliver Cromwell and let your imagination bring to life a Norman invasion, you will be fascinated by this remarkable site. Take time to explore this town, a crafts hub with many shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings and jewellery. Enjoy the Smithwick’s Experience, immersing yourself in the history of Ireland’s oldest ale! Discover the craft and see how for generations this has been a favourite tipple of many, after a guided tour sample a cool pint of Smithwicks and let your taste buds decide if it will become your drink of choice… Are you brave enough to climb the tower at St Canice Cathedral? If so you will need to be camera ready for the spectacular panoramic views on offer here, you can see for miles across this stunning medieval city. Kilkenny has a lively night life also with many pubs offering traditional music sessions each evening. The ‘Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival’ is an annual event hosted locally, it is spread across many venues in the town which sees visitors return regularly to enjoy the world famous comedians who descend on the town each June bank holiday weekend, definitely a date for your diary if you can tour Ireland at that time of year!

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