Kilkenny – A Day Trip from Dublin

On Saturday of the August Bank Holiday Weekend, we took a trip to Kilkenny as we have never been before and as a lady in the shop says we were there to “visit our country cousins.”   It was just a bit less than a 2 hour journey.

It is a medieval city – on one end you have the old castle which was sold to the city for 75 not that long ago.   We didn’t go into the castle and do a tour, but walked the grounds for a few minutes and popped into the playground but only for a few minutes – Soren just got his cast off the day before so the last thing we needed was a re-injury!!

On the other end of the city you have St. Canice’s Cathedral where you can climb the 1,000 year old round tower and see stunning views of the town.

We popped into the Kyteller’s Inn which was once the home of Dame Alice Kyterller, the first Irish woman to be convicted of witchcraft – apparently she had four husbands who all mysteriously died.
You can learn all about here legacy here.  We had one drink inside (no good beers no draft for me)  – truthfully in my opinion, it is a total tourist trap – and their beer garden was a cigarette smoke pit: Gross! When we return again, I’ll have done some research on great places to eat and have a good beer.In the centre of the town you’ll find loads of pubs, Smithwick’s Brewery, old jail (gaol) and courthouse and the Rothe House.

Just behind and leading to the main street area are small alleys and streets which have neat houses on them. Including one which Nils wouldn’t be able to stand inside – lol

We ate our picnic lunch alongside the River Nore, where we walked up and Nils’ hawk eyes spotted a river otter who played a bit for us – probably used to tourists tossing him food.

The town was really nice and we said we’ll certainly be back to explore more – possibly an overnight stay on the way to explore the Sunny Southwest!  The town has quite a music seen too – as loads of pubs were featuring trad sessions that evening. has tons of stuff about the city including places to stay, eat, visit, history, etc.

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