Kilkenny City, the centrepiece of County Kilkenny and the Southeast’s prime inland city, is considered the medieval capital of Ireland because of its remarkable collection of well-preserved castles, churches, public buildings, streets, and lanes. But, perhaps more interestingly for shoppers, it's also the national centre for crafts and design, with perhaps the country's best selection of pottery, woodwork, jewellery, and other handmade items mostly housed in the Kilkenny Design Centre.
Visit Kilkenny Castle which stands majestically beside the River Nore on the south side of the city. This landmark medieval castle- was given to the Irish government in 1967 to be restored to period splendour as an enduring national monument. From its sturdy corner towers to its battlements, Kilkenny Castle retains the imposing lines of an authentic fortress and sets the tone for the entire city. The exquisitely restored interior includes a fine collection of Butler family portraits, some from as far back as the 14th century. The 20-hectare (50-acre) grounds include a riverside walk, extensive gardens and parkland.
Enjoy lunch in the oldest house in town: Kyteler's Inn. It was once the home of Dame Alice Kyteler, a lady of great wealth who was accused of witchcraft in 1324. Now restored, the inn is currently used as a pub and restaurant, but it retains an eerie air and is the type of unique place that must be seen to be believed.
From here, travel in the heart of the Irish country to visit a local whiskey distillery for a private tour and tasting.
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