Top things to do in Kilkenny Ireland

Alice is a member of the Medieval Mile Museum team and here she gives us the inside scoop on things to do in Kilkenny;

In rain or shine, there is plenty of fun to do in Kilkenny. But let’s imagine a sunny summers day (bring an umbrella just in case). This is my itinerary for when friends come to visit.

The Nore Valley Walk begins at the bottom of my garden and so a riverside walk into the city is a beautiful start to the morning.


Top things to do in Kilkenny Ireland

Things to do in Kilkenny – Nore Valley Walk

When we reach the castle I know it’s time for breakfast. I love to bring my friends to Cafe La Coco on Patrick Street. The granola is my favourite but if you are feeling like a real treat go for the pancakes… or the smashed avocado on sourdough…or the breakfast bagel or…. everything.

Things to do in Kilkenny – Cafe La Coco

Café La Coco – Tel: 00353 87 162 4442 or find Café La Coco on Facebook here!

After all that tasty goodness I like to show off one of my favourite places to shop. Just across the street is Folkster.  This beautifully curated shop is packed full of sparkles, home-wares and the most helpful staff. I usually spend a few hours here but the schedule is tight so we pick up something to wear for the night ahead and we’re off.

Things to do in Kilkenny – Folkster

Folkster – Tel: 00353 56 7703312 or visit

The Medieval Mile is full of exciting places to visit and everything is within walking distance. We begin our walk of the mile starting at the castle and finishing at the Cathedral. We stop in at the Medieval Mile Museum to gain an understanding of the Medieval History of Kilkenny before we continue along the mile.

Things to do in Kilkenny – Medieval Mile Museum

Medieval Mile Museum – Tel: 00353 56 7817022 /

Climbing the tower at St Canice’s Cathedral is an exciting ending to our historical adventure along the Medieval Mile. The views of Kilkenny and the surrounding landscape is worth the climb.

Things to do in Kilkenny – St.Canices Cathedral

St. Canices Cathedral – Tel: 00353 56 64971 /

Lunch time! Just around the corner from the Cathedral on Vicar Street is The Kernel Bar and Kitchen. This is a very tasty spot to grab some lunch.


Things to do in Kilkenny - Kernel Bar and Kitchen

Things to do in Kilkenny – Kernel Bar and Kitchen (image:

Kernel Bar and Kitchen – Tel: 00353 56 7786 326 / 

I like to venture out to Kells Priory after lunch. This to me is one of the most impressive medieval sites to visit outside of the city. The priory is situated along the King river provides a peaceful atmosphere for exploring the medieval ruins or just relaxing by the river and taking in the surrounding nature.

Things to do in Kilkenny – Kells Priory

Kells Priory visit:

To finish off a busy day of sightseeing and exploring I like to go to Cleere’s Bar and Theatre on Parliament Street to relax, chat about the day and make plans for the next day. One day is never enough for Kilkenny.

Things to do in Kilkenny - Cleeres Pub

Things to do in Kilkenny – Cleeres Pub (image:

Cleere’s Bar & Theatre: 00353 56 7762573 /

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Thanks for reading,