Kilkenny travel guide

Kilkenny Tourism | Kilkenny Guide

You're Going to Love Kilkenny

With a population of 21.589, Kilkenny is the largest city in Kilkenny, Ireland by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Kilkenny to see all of its attractions.

When to visit Kilkenny

Kilkenny in January
Estimated hotel price
€143
1 night at 3-star hotel
Kilkenny in January
Estimated hotel price
€143
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Kilkenny in July, when the average temperature is 16 °C, and the highest can go up to 20 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 2 °C, with an average temperature of 5 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in October, when precipitation is around 95 mm. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Kilkenny, with an average rainfall of 55 mm.

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How to Get to Kilkenny

Plane

Although Kilkenny doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Dublin Airport (DUB), which is located 109 km from Kilkenny. The shortest domestic flight to Kilkenny departs from Milltown (Kerry) and takes around 55m.

Train

AccesRail is the only carrier operating train routes to Kilkenny. The train station in Kilkenny is called Kilkenny, and is located 0.6 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Kilkenny is to pick up a car hire from Dublin, which is about 101 km from Kilkenny. You’ll find branches of Easirent and Budget, among others, in Dublin.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Kilkenny, including National Express, Bus and Bus Éireann. From Belfast, the bus ride to Kilkenny takes 177 km and will cost you around €25. From Galway, the ticket costs about €24 for a journey of 241 km.

Plane

Although Kilkenny doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Dublin Airport (DUB), which is located 109 km from Kilkenny. The shortest domestic flight to Kilkenny departs from Milltown (Kerry) and takes around 55m.

Train

AccesRail is the only carrier operating train routes to Kilkenny. The train station in Kilkenny is called Kilkenny, and is located 0.6 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Kilkenny is to pick up a car hire from Dublin, which is about 101 km from Kilkenny. You’ll find branches of Easirent and Budget, among others, in Dublin.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Kilkenny, including National Express, Bus and Bus Éireann. From Belfast, the bus ride to Kilkenny takes 177 km and will cost you around €25. From Galway, the ticket costs about €24 for a journey of 241 km.

Airports near Kilkenny

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Airlines serving Kilkenny

Lufthansa
Good (4,665 reviews)
KLM
Good (852 reviews)
SWISS
Good (942 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,539 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,614 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,306 reviews)
Air France
Good (984 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,585 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (484 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,958 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,120 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,469 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,860 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (229 reviews)
Finnair
Good (872 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,177 reviews)
LOT
Good (685 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (923 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (827 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (833 reviews)
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Where to stay in Kilkenny

From 5-star hotels such as the Lyrath Estate to great affordable options like the Zuni Hotel, Kilkenny offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around €173 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to €208 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kilkenny

Most booked hotels in Kilkenny

Ballyduff House
1 star
Excellent (9.4, Excellent reviews)
€138+
Mount Juliet Estate, Autograph Collection
5 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
€252+
Lyrath Estate
5 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
€208+
Kilkenny River Court Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
€172+
Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
€157+
Hotel Kilkenny
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
€164+

Hiring a car in Kilkenny

Hiring a car in Kilkenny costs €30 per day, on average.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 9% more expensive than at Dublin.

Expect to pay €1.82 per litre in Kilkenny (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between €21.74 and €28.99. The most frequently booked car type in Kilkenny is Compact (Hyundai Tucson or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Ford Ka or similar) is, on average, 61% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Kilkenny costs €30 per day, on average.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 9% more expensive than at Dublin.

Expect to pay €1.82 per litre in Kilkenny (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between €21.74 and €28.99. The most frequently booked car type in Kilkenny is Compact (Hyundai Tucson or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Ford Ka or similar) is, on average, 61% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.