Things to do


The Smithwicks Experience

Located in the heart of Kilkenny City, there's no better place to plan your trip around Ireland's Ancient East than from here in the unforgettable setting of Kilkenny's Medieval Mile. You'll find the Smithwhicks Brewery in the heart of this beautiful city. They are less than a 10 minute stroll from the iconic Kilkenny Castle, and are very proud to be part of Kilkenny's famous Medieval Mile.

St. Canices Cathedral & Round Tower

St. Canice's was erected in the thirteenth century, and is accessible from Irishtown via St. Canice's Steps. The cathedral features a magnificent tower that offers impressive views of the city. The cathedral evolved over the centuries and was unfortunately damaged by Oliver Cromwell's troops in the seventeenth century. This Kilkenny landmark features a fascinating collection of monuments and tombs dating from the Tudor era.

Rothe house

This magnificent sixteenth century Tudor town house is situated on Parliament Street. Built in 1594 by John Rothe, the building consists of three houses with courtyards. Rothe House currently houses the museum and library of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society. Within the museum there are a number of exhibits including period costume displays and a genealogical centre.