Kilkenny is a medieval city situated in the sunny South East of Ireland, the hero county of Ireland’s Ancient East. An intimate city, with medieval streets and a 900 year old castle full of history and heritage alongside bustling villages and towns where beauty and adventure await. Festivals and events showcase our culture of Arts and creativity like Yulefest, celebrating Christmas in Kilkenny. Fom November through to January the city becomes magical with Christmas lights and decorations and festive events. From Christmas markets to exhibitions, live music, and Christmas gardens, there is something for everyone. Local Kilkenny made crafts make perfect presents, and our food and drinks offering is second to none. Kilkenny can cover all your Christmas needs in a magical medieval package located less than an hour from Waterford and 2hrs from Dublin and Cork.
Join us for an extended celebration of Christmas with Christmas Markets, children’s workshops, live music and lots more. Starting at the end of November with events running right through till January. Yulefest Kilkenny is the festive event not to be missed.
If Christmas is too far away for you, don’t worry there is always something happening in Kilkenny. Join us for St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny in March, The Kilkenny Arts Festival in August or one of our many other festivals throughout the year. Find out all you need to know at www.visitkilkenny.ie
Plan your Visit
Kilkenny has an option for every budget with gorgeous hotels, practical hostels, delightful B&B’s and unique guesthouses.
Located in the South East of the country, Kilkenny is never too far from where you land on our shores. Whether you’re coming by plane, boat or automobile we’re rarely more than 2 hours down the road.
Fly in to any of these airports and rent a car to be in Kilkenny in less than 2 hours. Dublin (90mins via M9), Cork (<2hrs via M8), Shannon (<2hrs via M8) or Waterford (<1hr via M9).
Sail to Dublin or Rosslare, and bring your car or rent one. Then Kilkenny is 90mins away from Rosslare Harbour and 100mins away from Dublin Port.
Direct bus routes to the city from Dublin, Waterford, Carlow and Cork (via Waterford) are run by JJ Kavanaghs and Dublin Coach. Or you can take a train from Dublin or Waterford too.