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Kytelers Inn and Irelands Ancient East

Date Posted: 01.07.2016

Kilkenny: Modern treats and the mysterious east on a stellar city break


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Kilkenny's chock-a-block with Medieval buildings, but to get your bearings, join one of local historian Pat Tynan's tours (

A tenner for adults will get you a 70-minute stroll of the Medieval Mile, and it's a fun way to learn about days of old. Witch burnings, Medieval miscreants being caged and swivelled around by passers-by, cholera and ghostly sightings - it was all go in the small city back in the day. Stop off for a lunchtime pint later in Kyteler's Inn (below, established in 1324), which Pat revealed is reputed to be haunted by Dame Alice Kyteler, whose four husbands all met unfortunate ends, resulting in her being convicted of witchcraft.
The tour gives you an appetite for the past, and it's in abundance in these parts. The Norman-built Kilkenny Castle (below), which dominates the area, is a must-see, as is the lesser known Rothe House on Parliament Street, the only 17th Century merchant's house of its kind in Ireland.

Across from the castle, Kilkenny Design - built in the 1780s as castle stables - is as much a beautiful tourism go-to spot as shopping area.

Religious history is much in evidence too, with the medieval St Canice's Cathedral an emblem of the city, while Jerpoint Abbey outside the city is well preserved, and provides a beautiful glimpse into the lives of the Cistercian monks who lived here from the 12th Century.

In the heart of the city, don't miss the Black Abbey, with its knights' tombstones and stunning stained-glass windows just a few minutes' walk from the hustle and bustle of Parliament Street. And the good old monks also gave the city the tradition of brewing beer (it was safer than drinking water back in the day), inspiring later generations to brew Smithwicks.
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In the centre of town, take the Smithwick's Experience tour (€11.70 for adults online on, with a free pint at the end of a audiovisual tour that's nicely put together.


Tragedy, triumph and tales of endurance

Duration: 5 days, 469km, 291 miles, four stories

Route: Louth, Kildare, Wicklow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Laois

Features: Powerscourt House and Gardens, Wicklow Gaol, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Kilkenny City Medieval Mile, Rock of Dunamase

Highlights: Learn about the families who fled the Famine, the garden architects who broke new ground and the lives of the landed ladies.

See the full article by Mark Evans below 


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Customer Comments

The singers they had were awesome… Really great, on tune and by far the best pub singers we saw. The service was also excellent - all the staff were very friendly.

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