Visit Kilkenny: Ireland’s Ancient East

Ah Kilkenny. The festival, cultural, artistic, food and drink capital of Ireland.

That might be a wee humblebrag, but we’re not far wrong. With a massive music heritage, the Marble City is not found wanting when it comes to live music on the local and touring front.

We’re home to the Kilkenny Roots Festival, The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, AKA Kilkenny, Kilkenomics, Savour Kilkenny, Subtitle and much more.

Visit Kilkenny

If you’re coming from out of town for a show, there’s so much to do in Kilkenny City and right across the county.

Within walking distance of any city centre gig venue you’ll find Kilkenny Castle, the Black Abbey, St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower and much more. Get the lowdown on a certain Alice Kyteler, grab a coffee and hit the Medieval Mile, or hit any of the dozens of bars, boutiques and eateries to spend your time.

Want to get out of the town? Hit the road and discover Graiguenamanagh, Thomastown, Inistioge, Castlecomer and the rest of the county’s towns and villages for something special.

Getting to Kilkenny

One of the most accessible cities in Ireland, Kilkenny is a mere 30 minutes from Waterford, 90 minutes from Dublin and around 2 hours from Cork or Galway, depending on your chosen route.

The city is served by the Waterford-Dublin Heuston train line at MacDonagh Station, with regular bus services too from Waterford, Cork, Clonmel, Athlone and Dublin via Bus Eireann and JJ Kavanagh.

For more Kilkenny tourism information, check out or download the latest Visit Kilkenny brochures here.