Kilkenny, Ireland

Twenty-Four Hours in Kilkenny City Centre

Kilkenney was the second stop on my trip around Ireland (seven cities in seven nights), and it was a beautiful, quaint city. Twenty-four hours was the perfect amount of time in Kilkenny as everything of interest can be seen and done within a one-mile stretch of town known as the Medieval Mile. The Kilkenny Castle caps off one end of the Medieval Mile, while the other end concludes near the Black Abbey, set back just a little ways off the road.


5 Things to Do/See:

  1. Kilkenny Castle
  2. Black Abbey
  3. Medieval Mile/Butter Slip
  4. Smithwick’s Brewery
  5. St. Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower


Hostel Review:

I stayed at the MacGaibhaain’s Backpacker’s Hostel just around the corner from the heart of the city. It was in a good location, was very affordable, and the staff was nice and welcoming. That being said, this hostel still came in seventh place out of the seven hostels I stayed in that week due to dirty bathrooms and cramped sleeping quarters. However, as with most hostels, toast and cereal were offered in the morning, the building and room were very secure, and the WiFi was reliable.

What’s For Dinner?

After with speaking with a few locals, my group and I decided to have dinner at Kyteler’s Inn, which also has a local music venue in the downstairs part of the restaurant. The place is full of history and the staff was lovely. While here I had a delicious plate of bangers and mash, others in my group ordered the fish and chips and the fillet steak. There wasn’t one bad review from anyone in the party. Overall it was a great meal, and a highly recommended restaurant.