About Kilkenny

Kilkenny is a beautiful medieval city, sitting snug on the banks of the River Nore in the South East of Ireland. It is acclaimed internationally as a centre for craft and design and is host every year to a number of major events including the Kilkenny Arts Festival and the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival.

The city was named after a 6th century monk, St. Canice, whose memory lives on in the beautifully restored St. Canice’s Cathedral. Another landmark building is the magnificent Kilkenny Castle, built by the Normans during the 12th century.

Beautifully restored buildings such as these sit comfortably alongside contemporary shops, design galleries and restaurants in compact streets, making the city small enough to explore and enjoy on foot.

The intimacy of the city helps make the festival special. Join us and we guarantee you a very warm welcome.

‘We go to so many prestigious festivals around the world, but Kilkenny has a quality that outshines all the others’ - John Whibley, Holidays with Music

Only one and a half hours from Dublin, Cork and Rosslare Harbour. Known as the creative heart of Ireland, Kilkenny City is conveniently located close to major airports and ferry ports.

We are also in close distance (50 minutes) to Waterford airport http://www.flywaterford.com/

For more information on Kilkenny visit http://www.kilkennytourism.ie/