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Wander the Streets of Kilkenny: A Perfect Blend of the Old and New

Kilkenny, the medieval city that combines small-town appeal and metropolitan excitement, is a must-visit destination. This 12th-century castle town is located in Ireland's Ancient East, a mere 90-minute drive from Dublin. The city boasts many buildings constructed with local Kilkenny marble, adding to its unique charm. Expect to encounter colorful characters, lively music, and an electric atmosphere.

For many visitors, Kilkenny is the embodiment of Ireland they've always imagined. The city was constructed from dark-grey limestone that bears fossil seashells. Additionally, Kilkenny, which translates to "the Church of St Canice" in Irish, is also referred to as the "marble city". The town's charming "Medieval Mile" consists of narrow lanes and historic buildings that extend from the castle to the cathedral along the River Nore bank. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the southeast of Ireland. It's definitely worth braving the crowds to enjoy the atmosphere of one of Ireland's cultural hubs. Kilkenny is particularly known for its arts and crafts, and is home to many excellent restaurants, cafes, pubs, and shops.

During the day, immerse yourself in the rich culture of Kilkenny by exploring its medieval landmarks such as Rothe House, Black Abbey, and the Medieval Mile Museum. Take a guided tour of Smithwick's brewery and taste Ireland's oldest ale, or appreciate the design exhibitions at Kilkenny Design Centre or Kilkenny Art Gallery. Discover Kilkenny's Norman heritage and enjoy the flourishing arts and crafts scene. If you want to take in the stunning views and explore monastic ruins, venture out into the countryside. As night falls, Kilkenny comes alive with lively trad music sessions, historic pubs, and some of the most exciting festivals on the island. With so many cultural experiences, outdoor activities, and other amazing things to do in Kilkenny, you'll definitely want to come back for more.

County Kilkenny boasts a rich history and a vibrant energy. It's one of those rare Irish cities that has successfully preserved its authentic Celtic roots while embracing modernity. With its medieval architecture and 21st-century amenities, Kilkenny is the perfect destination for a cultural getaway. Its independent spirit only adds to the charm of this captivating city.

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