Top hotels in Kilkenny
The Aspect Hotel Kilkenny is located on Kilkenny’s beltway is just a 15 minute walk from Kilkenny City Centre. We offer 80 bright modern and spacious rooms at the Aspect Hotel Kilkenny which also feature free wired internet and include a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Guests can use a laptop safe and tea/coffee-making facilities which are also provided on the rooms. Free car parking during your stay and free WiFi throughout the property are also included in your stay.
Cheap Hotels in Kilkenny
This 4 star hotel is located in the city centre of Kilkenny and was established in 2011. It is close to the Kilkenny Castle and the nearest station is Kilkenny. The Hotel has a restaurant. All 90 rooms are equipped with hairdryer, trouser press and ironing set.
Langton’s bars are smooth, sophisticated and each subtly different blending contemporary style, impeccable furnishings in a relaxed atmosphere. Going for a quiet drink, a night out or just a aperitif before dinner, each occasion conjures up different moods and Langton’s has it all. Our Bars have won numerous awards of which we are very proud.
Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny is a 4-star boutique hotel located behind Kilkenny Castle in the heart of Kilkenny city. We offer 74 air-conditioned rooms which feature king-size beds and modern en-suite facilities as well as tea and coffee making facilities and flat screen TV’s. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Statham’s Bar & Restaurant offers traditional Irish and international food in a relaxed atmosphere. Mint beauty and Medispa offers a range of beauty, clinical, and spa treatments.
Hotels in Kilkenny
Spanning both banks of the beautiful River Nore, Kilkenny is a vibrant city and county town. Situated in the South East of Ireland, it is a rightly popular tourist destination filled with historic sites and buildings, a lively music scene and plenty of excellent restaurants. Whether you seek medieval gems or contemporary entertainment, Kilkenny has much to offer.
History and Architecture
Kilkenny was granted city status in 1609 and celebrated its 400th birthday in 2009. Its roots go much deeper than that however, with a 6th century religious settlement and evidence of Mesolithic and Bronze Age dwellings. Dominating the north end of the town centre you will find Ireland's second largest medieval cathedral, St Canice's, with its famous round tower. Records reveal that a wooden church was burned down here in 1087. The stunning structure you see today dates from the 13th century.
High above the river is the unmistakable profile of Kilkenny Castle, one of Ireland's most famous heritage destinations. A fascinating patchwork of different architectural styles and eras, there are still three towers surviving from the 12th century. A key attraction is the glorious Long Gallery, with its beautiful ceilings decorated with Pre-Raphaelite and Celtic motifs.
Festivals and Culture
In the summer months Kilkenny is alive with festivals. You could sample the famous Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in the June bank holiday week, or the Kilkenny Arts Festival during late August, when the city hosts a whole spectrum of theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, film and live performances. For music lovers there is always the Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival on the first weekend in May, plus of course, there is traditional Irish music everywhere, all year round. Many pubs have traditional music sessions and there are plenty of top bands associated with the city. In the peaceful atmosphere of St Canice's Cathedral, excellent classical groups and choirs frequently perform.
Nightlife and entertainment
The city is alive with enjoyable, atmospheric bars, many with live music or comedy and theatre. John Cleere's is a fine example, with a mixture of all three! Music spans from traditional Irish to blues, jazz and rock. For a taste of the grand and traditional there is the stunning Tynan's Bridge House. This Georgian pub has a unique blue frontage and glorious horseshoe bar, original tilework and a wonderful atmosphere. It's a favourite with locals. Try the Watergate Theatre for music, comedy and drama.
Restaurants and cafés
From Kilkenny hotels you can wander the charming 17th century walkways and wider spaces of the town and encounter plenty of good places to eat and relax. From the fine dining of Campagne with its Michelin star-studded chef to delicious brunches at the sharp, contemporary Marble City Bar, you will be very spoilt for choice. You might try Café Sol for its fine seasonal organic produce and relaxed atmosphere. When you're on the move and exploring the sites, the Gourmet Store creates excellent takeaway treats using both local and imported ingredients.
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