Autumn is a great time to explore Kilkenny. The busy season for tourists has subsided and the Christmas rush has not started, giving you a perfect window to explore without queues. Whether you’re planning a mid-term break with your family or an escape with your other half, Kilkenny has something to entertain all ages and tastes. Before you add to your itinerary, book the perfect accommodation in Kilkenny in Hoban Hotel. Our hotel is comfortable and spacious, ideal for couples, groups and family getaways in Kilkenny.
Forget St Patrick’s Day, Kilkenny in October is where the real party is! Every year in October, the county comes together to celebrate all things Kilkenny from our sporting achievements to our creativity and culture. The programme of events is packed with everything that makes us great with music and dancing, food and drink, theatre and live performances and so much more. There is usually a street party in the city with plenty of free events for all of the family. Participants and attendees are encouraged to wear black and amber, the official colours of Kilkenny GAA to show their support. The lineup is soon to be announced so keep an eye on the official website or social media for more information.
HERITAGE WEEK KILKENNY
National Heritage Week is a celebration of all things history, culture and heritage, opening doors and minds of those who want to learn more about Ireland’s Heritage. Communities, families, academics and organisations come together to build awareness of the value of heritage and its contribution to the country. Kilkenny Heritage Week takes place from 13-21st August 2022 but many of the attractions are open all year round. There are hundreds of things to get involved in, from history tours to exploring the great outdoors and the city has a lovely buzz all week long. After a long day of learning and exploring, head to one of our heritage pubs and enjoy a pint of Ireland’s most popular ale, Smithwick’s – which was once brewed right here in town.
EXPLORE IRELANDS MEDIEVAL MILE
No matter where you are in Kilkenny, you are stepping on a part of Ireland’s history. Kilkenny City has a rich medieval heritage visible throughout the streets and buildings. One of the best attractions in the county is the Medieval Mile, a walkway of narrow and cobbled streets, and historical buildings and landmarks Ireland’s Medieval Mile runs from ‘Castle to Cathedral’ through the heart of the city from the 13th Century St Canice’s Cathedral and the Anglo-Normal castle. Discover a Dominican Abbey with some of the most beautiful stained glass, the enchanting Rothe Gardens and St. Canice’s Round Tower which at 30m is one of only three climbable towers in Ireland. Stop for a pint & a story in the traditional home of witches, Kytlers Inn, which has been a part of the town since the 14th century. Learn more about the people that made our city along the way.
KILKENNY WALKING TRAILS
During Autumn our landscapes are filled with autumnal colours, sunsets have a wonderful orange glow and the wildlife is thriving in our forests and green spaces. It’s the perfect time to explore Kilkenny walking trails dotted around the county. There is something for everyone from the easy Castlecomer Loop to the more challenging Brandon Hill Loop. Stay in the city and take a stroll through Kilkenny Castle’s Parkland or take a walk along Nore Valley walking in the footsteps of our ancestors. Wrap up well and expect the unexpected weather-wise – autumn in Kilkenny is unpredictable!
KILKENNY GHOST TOURS
If the stories of ghosts and witch hunts have you enthralled, you’ll love a Kilkenny Ghost Tour. Autumn is a great time to go as the evenings start earlier but you don’t have to deal with the cold and damp of winter. Kilkenny is bursting with tales of the paranormal, but they all have one creepy thing in common; they all arise from genuine historic tragedies and stories handed down from generation to generation. It’s a unique opportunity to see the city at night and the tour guides are ready with scares at every corner!
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a travel-savvy writer for The Hoban Hotel Kilkenny, a world-class hotel for business and leisure travel, offering exceptional accommodation and dining experiences in Ireland’s historic marble city. When she’s not taking vibrant street photos, you can find her writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle.