Attractions in Kilkenny

Jerpoint Abbey

An outstanding Cistercian abbey founded in the second half of the 12th century. The church with its Romanesque details dates from this period. In the transept chapels the visitor can see 13th to 16th century tomb sculpture. The tower and cloister date from the 15th century. The chief delight of the Abbey is the sculptured cloister arcade with unique carvings. The Visitor Centre houses an interesting exhibition. Access for visitors with disabilities. Guided tours available.

The House of Waterford Crystal is 40 mins drive from Jerpoint Abbey.

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the High Town of Kilkenny City. Over the 8 centuries of its existence, many additions and alternations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles.

The House of Waterford Crystal is 45 mins drive from Kilkenny Castle.

St. Canice Cathedral

St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower are an essential part of the structural heritage in the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny. This ecclesiastical site was founded in the 6th century and named after St Canice. Cill Channigh is the Gaelic for the Church of Canice, the church that originally stood on the site in the 6th century.

The House of Waterford Crystal is 45 mins drive from St. Canice Cathedral in Kilkenny.

St. Mary’s Cathedral

The 13th century St Mary’s church and graveyard is the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland. As the starting point of the ‘Medieval Mile’ trail, it brings to life Kilkenny’s history as Ireland’s premier medieval city. Displays of Kilkenny’s civic treasures and replicas of some of the High Crosses of Ossory illustrate the local Gaelic monastic heritage and the ancient city’s historic role in Ireland.

The House of Waterford Crystal is located only 40 mins drive from St. Mary Cathedral.


Smithwick’s Experience is a brewery tour located on the Medieval Mile in Kilkenny. Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny brings you through over 300 years of history. The site includes tasting, visual effects and a gift shop.

The House of Waterford Crystal is located 45 mins drive from Smithwick’s.