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Kilkenny Attractions

Kilkenny Attractions

Boat Trips Kilkenny

We would highly recommend Kilkenny Boat Trips who are located on the River Nore just outside our hotel. Running every half hour from April to October.


Kilkenny Medieval Pass

Pay only €39 for over €100 worth of entries and offers! One pass, many attractions to enjoy in the City.

• Kilkenny Castle 

• Medieval Mile Museum

• Rothe House & Gardens 

• Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny 

• St Canices Cathedral & Round Tower 

• Kilkenny Cycling Treasure Hunt 

• Kilkenny CityTours Train 

• Kilkenny Ghost Tour


Kilkenny Castle

Overlooking the Kilkenny River Court Hotel, a 12th Century castle, which has been remodelled and fully restored. Visitors can take a tour of the Castle itself or simply stroll the magnificent gardens and Castle Park.


Castle Yard

Situated opposite Kilkenny Castle, these former stables and coach houses are owned by Kilkenny Civic Trust and include craft studios, workshops and the famous Kilkenny Design Centre. Castleyard Tours commencing soon.


Rothe House & Garden

Rothe House & Garden, a historic house in Kilkenny in the South East of Ireland, is the only example of an early 17th century merchant’s townhouse in Ireland. It is an important element of Kilkenny’s heritage.

St Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

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.


St Francis Abbey Brewery & Smethwick’s Experience

Soak up the atmosphere of Ireland’s Oldest Brewery. The St. Francis Abbey Brewery occupies over 25 acres in the heart of Kilkenny City. The brewery has been part of local life for over 290 years and it is here that Smithwick’s Ale was first brewed in 1710. 


Woodstock Gardens, Arboretum & Tea Rooms

Woodstock is well known for its collection of trees from all over the world and is home to many ‘champions’. See one of the longest Monkey Puzzle Avenues in Europe, a ‘Champion Coast redwood, the tallest Silver Fir in Ireland and a very rare and important Bentham Cypress. After all that, sit back and relax taking in the spectacular views in the recently opened Tea Rooms.


Castlecomer Discovery Park

Visit Castlecomer Discovery Park, 30 hectares of mixed woodland in the south-east of Ireland just 20kms North of the medieval city of Kilkenny and 24kms from Carlow town. The visitor centre also plays host to a delightful gift shop and the superb Café Jarrow.


The House of Waterford Crystal

Take the factory tour where you will see skilled crafts men at work as they give shape and form to the molten crystal and transform it into perfectly exquisite shapes, with expertise and craftsmanship that has taken over 200 years to develop. An opulent retail store also available here with some fabulous pieces to purchase for your home. Less than a 45 minutes’ drive from the Kilkenny River Court Hotel.


Gowran Park Racecourse

Gowran Park is the perfect place to enjoy the excitement and spectacle of a day at the races. Dine in the rooftop restaurant and experience the thrill of the horses crossing the finishing line. This Grade A racecourse has had numerous famous winners such as the legendary Arkle, Hedgehunter and Kicking King. As the preferred Hotel for the track, we have a great package available on all race days 


Watergate Theatre Kilkenny

The Watergate Theatre is located right in the heart of Kilkenny City and only a short stroll from the Kilkenny River Court Hotel. The Watergate has been keeping audiences entertained for many years with a variety of live productions from music, dance, comedy and lots more.  The event guide for the Theatre has an array of shows and events and the Kilkenny River Court Hotel is delighted to recommend a visit to the Watergate Theatre during your stay in Kilkenny. Take the opportunity to enjoy a pre theatre meal in the Riverside Restaurant at the Kilkenny River Court Hotel followed by a show in the Watergate.