The Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny's renowned 16th century tavern. It is housed in the oldest surviving townhouse in Ireland - the 1582 Archer Inner House, 17 High St. Fully restored over the past 10 years the Elizabethan building with its tavern, snug and Archer room are now open to visitors for the first time in hundreds of years.
Tours currently take place on the weekends and evenings that describe the story of the house against the backdrop of the complex history of political and religious change in Kilkenny over the past 400 years.
The house is wonderful to explore with its surviving 16th century features. The tavern evokes the time when the Duke of Wellington and other notables were nightly habitues and the Charitable and Benevolent snug tells of links to 1916 and other notable events.
If you are looking for somewhere to hold a conference, re-union, reception or meeting (or even a wedding), the Inner House of the Archer Mansion and Hole in the Wall is the place. It is available also for classical and traditional music, small acoustic concerts as well as debates, theatre, poetry etc. The natural acoustics are excellent and there is an in-built state of the art sound system.