Step out on Ireland’s Medieval Mile and discover the stories of Kilkenny’s Tudor merchants in this fascinating walking tour experience. Our expert guides will bring you through the streets and laneways of Ireland’s medieval capital, pointing out hidden gems and weaving tales of wealthy merchant families in this walled city.
The tour departs from the reception desk at the Medieval Mile Museum and brings guests on an hour-long stroll along St Mary’s Lane, Kieran Street, Parliament Street and the Bull Ring, returning to the museum along High Street. The tour content will concentrate on the lives of the people that lived in the heart of the city, between Kilkenny Castle to the south and St Canice’s Cathedral to the north. The wealthy merchants built their Renaissance limestone mansions along the route way between these two imposing structures and many of these mansions survive – hidden in plain sight. Your guide will point out surviving family coats of arms and original medieval features that have survived for centuries.
For those who would like to incorporate a guided tour of the museum, on your return your guide will bring you through the 13th century church where these families worshipped and were laid to rest. Highlights include the Ossory high crosses, countless medieval stone carvings and a new exhibition centred on the skeletal remains of 3 individuals only recently discovered.
Medieval Mile Trail €10 | Trail & Museum Visit €18
March & October: 12pm and 2pm Saturday & Sunday
Apr – Sept: 12pm and 2pm Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday