Kilkenny’s Hidden Gems | Kilkenny Tourism

Kilkenny’s Hidden Gems


Jerpoint Glass

Watch the masters at work in the ancient art of glass blowing at Jerpoint Glass’s workshop and studio. Make sure to pick up a piece of their unique and beautiful glassware to take home with you.

Newpark Fairy Garden

Enjoy a magical experience with the kids as you explore The Fairy Gardens in the woods by the Newpark Hotel. If you’re lucky you may even meet their very own fairy!


Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre Outdoor Summer Concerts

Experience live outdoor entertainment in one of Ireland’s most unique and memorable locations. Set against the stunning backdrop of a quarry, Ballykeefe Amphitheatre is a must for music lovers this Summer.

CakeFace Patisserie

Who doesn’t love or deserve a treat from time to time and if you are going to indulge, you need to make sure it’s worth it! CakeFace Patisserie is located along Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile and they make some of the most visually beautiful and sumptuous tasting cakes and treats that we have ever seen. No wonder they were voted Ireland’s Best Café.

River Adventures

Do something a little out of the ordinary on your next visit to Kilkenny and see the sights from a slightly different angle with a kayaking/canoeing trip on The Nore or The Barrow. Visit towns like Graiguenamanagh on your river voyage and stop off at one of the many cute cafes and bars for a well deserved break.

Rudolf Heltzel Jewellers

Kilkenny is famous for being home to some of the best craftsmen and women in the country and one such master craftsman is jeweller Rudolf Heltzel who runs a shop in heart of the city with his son, Christopher. Here they produce stunning, bespoke pieces of jewellery for all occasions, some of which has appeared on red carpets around the world!

Billy Byrne’s Bula Bus

Billy Byrne’s pub is one of Kilkenny’s most popular bars for visitors and locals alike and a favourite for visiting musicians to perform in. What you may not know is that they have a fabulous beer garden with a quirky double decker bus, the Bula Bus, that serves delicious street food! Definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Kilkenny.

Kilkenny Famine Experience

In 2005, while doing some work on the site of the old famine workhouse, now McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, a mass grave with the human remains of 970 people was discovered. This is the most significant famine discovery in the world and offers an invaluable osteo-archaeological insight into the influencing factors that made some survive and others perish in 1840’s Ireland. MacDonagh Junction have now created a free audio-visual tour experience that tells the heart-breaking and poignant stories of the Kilkenny Famine victims and workhouse inmates.

The Black Abbey

Part of a Dominican Order Priory established on the outskirts of Kilkenny city in 1225, The Black Abbey has had a turbulent history impacted by the various rulers of Ireland and their religious allegiances. The most striking aspect of the abbey is the large stained-glass window, the largest in Ireland, which was created in 1893 to depict the mysteries of The Rosary. Still in use today, the abbey is a beautiful addition to your exploration of Kilkenny. 


The Hole In The Wall

Housed in the oldest surviving townhouse in the Ireland, this pub is packed with history and culture. This Elizabethan building has restored a new room - The Archer which is now open to the public for the first time in hundreds of years. This pub is perfect for experiencing Ireland’s history whilst


Bodhran Lessons Kyteler’s Inn

Kyteler’s Inn, a medieval bar with is the perfect location for spending an evening learning to play the bodhran, an instrument with a ton of Irish history and tradition. Expert Tutor Damien Walsh welcomes all to participate from all age groups as he ensures a fun experience as he guides newcomers through the basics.


Cartoon Saloon

This Incredibly talented studio has been heralded for their animated movies including the critically acclaimed Secret of Kells which was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. Now they bring you Kilkenny Animated, a festival if visual storytelling which includes an illustrated talk in tattoos and body art, stand up and animation and much more.


Aroi Asian Street Food