There’s nowhere quite like Kilkenny. Recognised as the cultural and heritage capital of Ireland and part of Ireland’s Ancient East, Kilkenny blends meandering medieval streets and stunning natural scenery in a visitor experience that can be enjoyed again and again.

There’s so much to do once you’ve planned your festival shows. From the imposing majesty of Kilkenny Castle to the picturesque idyll of Inistioge village, gourmet dining to golf, shopping to family activities, you’ll be inundated with options to complete your visit to the Marble City!

Make sure you take a break from the festival and walk down Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile and find out what happened to suspected Witch Alice Kyteler and find out what Church Oliver Cromwell slept in. You’ll be overcome with centuries old gossip and beautiful architecture, slipways and pubs throughout.

We’ve also lined up some special offers to make your planning that much easier on the pocket! Visit the accommodation and restaurant pages for individual listings which detail the festival deals on offer. Planning a group visit? Then email us at and we’ll help you get sorted.

Kilkenny is easily accessible from all major Irish airport and ferry ports, with Dublin an easy 1 hour and 20 minutes drive on the M9 motorway. Alternatively you can catch one of the regular trains or buses from any of the major urban centres. For full details, check out our Location page.

For more Kilkenny tourism information including accommodation, activities, events, heritage and food, visit Kilkenny Tourism or Irelands Ancient East.