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Recognised as the heart of Ireland’s historical heritage, the charming city of Kilkenny bursts with rich culture and alluring architectural attractions. Infectious Irish charm permeates every corner of this historic town, in which ancient tradition is maintained upon the classic cobbles of the labyrinthine lanes. Breath-taking scenery compliments the medieval majestic of antique structures, while a cosmopolitan culture buzzes from within the city’s refined restaurants and bustling bars. Kilkenny is a city of charm, culture and charisma that is sure to surmount all of your expectations.
The imitable architectural design of St. Canice’s Cathedral seamlessly combines the ancient and the industrial; painstakingly preserved in its original form for 800 years, the captivating cathedral is an arresting vision of grey brick grandeur with its colossal tower and talismanic turrets. Inside, Ireland’s largest collection of religious relics resides and guests are invited to ascend the tower in order to enjoy the vertiginous vantage point at the summit.
The inspiring and imaginative collections of the Butler Galley pay homage to the motivating and magnificent quality of Kilkenny; housed within the ancient walls of Kilkenny Castle, the contemporary collections promote dynamic design and forward thinking and are designed to stimulate and challenge an audience.
Experience warm Irish hospitality and contemporary cuisine in the rustic environment of Anocht Restaurant; oak beams, classic paintings and crisp linen table cloths contribute to the rural design of this exquisite eatery. Perfectly presented food incorporates the region’s prime produce and respects regional specialities while also drawing on international inspiration. (Kilkenny Design Centre, Castle Yard, Kilkenny, Ireland)