Explore Kilkenny: History, Adventure, & Hidden Gems

Kilkenny is a treasure trove of medieval charm, lively atmosphere, and outdoor adventures just waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or seeking family-friendly fun, Kilkenny has something for everyone. Let’s dive into a few must-sees and a unique way to experience the beauty of the River Nore.

Panoramic view of Kilkenny
Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny's Finest Attractions

  • Kilkenny Castle: This iconic landmark is a must-visit. Explore its grand halls, learn about its rich history, and relax in the sprawling gardens.
  • Medieval Mile: Stroll along this historic trail, connecting Kilkenny Castle to St. Canice’s Cathedral. You’ll encounter fascinating museums, traditional pubs, and unique shops along the way.

Jerpoint Abbey: Just a short drive from Kilkenny, these stunning monastic ruins transport you to the 12th century. History enthusiasts, don’t miss this!

Your Kilkenny River Adventure​

Experience the magic of Kilkenny from a whole new angle – on a Riverbend Adventures guided kayak tour! Paddle along the River Nore, taking in the city’s skyline, spotting wildlife, and maybe even learning a bit of local lore from your knowledgeable guide. Our tours cater to all experience levels and are a highlight of any Kilkenny trip.

Kayaking on the River Nore
Dining in Kilkenny

More Kilkenny Delights​

  • Foodies Rejoice: Kilkenny boasts amazing restaurants and pubs. For fresh, farm-to-table cuisine, check out Nóinín, which focuses on showcasing Kilkenny’s fantastic local ingredients in an ever-changing menu.
  • Outdoor Enthusiasts: Hike or bike the stunning trails of Woodstock Gardens & Arboretum, a nature wonderland just outside the city.
  • Family Fun: The National Reptile Zoo is a thrilling stop for kids and adults alike! Get up close (but not TOO close) with fascinating creatures.

Ready to create your own Kilkenny story? Book your Riverbend Adventures kayak tour today and discover the hidden gems along the River Nore!

Roger McClure

Roger McClure

A Level 3 Kayak Instructor for over 30 Years. Chairman of Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club for over 10 years. Competed in World Championships in Wild Water, Marathon and Canoe Polo. Winner of multiple Liffey Descent races in double kayaks and canoes.