7 Reasons to Visit Kilkenny This Summer

From comedy to history and music to adventure, there’s something for everybody in Kilkenny this summer. Have a gander below at some of the county’s amazing events.

Cat Laughs Comedy Festival: 30 May – 3 June 2019

The annual Cat Laughs Comedy Festival returns to Kilkenny City for the June Bank Holiday weekend with a huge line-up. Now in its 25th year, the festival is one of the most popular and well attended in Ireland. Tommy Tiernan, Dara O Briain, Alison Spittle and Jason Byrne are among Ireland’s top comedians set to fill venues with lots of laughs and giggles. Ticket choices include ‘The Weekender’ for €195, ‘The Saturday and Sunday Ticket’ for €126 and ‘The Birthday Ticket’ for €70.


Kilkenny Country Music Festival: 14 July 2019

The idyllic grounds of Gowran Park will become home to the Kilkenny Country Music Festival taking place on Sunday, July 14. Taking the stage at this year’s festival are country music sensations Mike Denver, Patrick Feeney, Trudi Lalor, Michael English, Jimmy Buckley and Cliona Hagan along with The Conquerors as backing band for the day. There’s something for everyone with activities for the kids, state of the art facilities, giant dancefloor for dancing and onsite bars and restaurants. For a day of fun, music and dance with some of the best Country musicians in Ireland, Gowran Park this July is the place to be. Tickets are €25.


Kilkenny Outdoor Music Festival: 3 – 4 August 2019

Heading into its fourth year, the Kilkenny Outdoor Music Festival returns to Castlecomer this summer with Erin’s Own GAA Club Grounds and The Avalon House Hotel playing host to top Irish acts Hudson Taylor, Paddy Casey, The Frank and Walters, The Alkove and DJ Welshy across August 3 – 4. Saturday tickets are €30 and weekend tickets are €40 (no Sunday only tickets).


Kilkenny Arts Festival: 8 – 18 August 2019

The 46th Kilkenny Arts Festival returns this summer from August 8 – 18. The ten-day festival welcomes the best of Irish and international music, literature art and theatre. It is one of the leading festivals in Ireland, celebrated for its effortless blend of tradition and innovation, and for its electrifying range of events. Various venues across the city will play host to Ivor Novello Award-winning and GRAMMY Award-nominated legend, Richard Thompson; prodigiously gifted Ukrainian pianist, Alexander Gavryluk; and distinguished RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra conductor and baroque singer, Nathalie Stutzmann to name a few. The full 2019 programme will be announced in June.


Castlecomer Discovery Park

With over 80 acres of woodland and lakeside to explore, Castlecomer Discovery Park is the perfect place to experience nature, get fit and enjoy the great outdoors. Open daily this June and July from 11am – 3pm, there are lots of outdoor activities to enjoy such as the tree top walk and climbing wall, zipline, canoeing, archery, orienteering, raft and catapult building and axe throwing. The fun isn’t just for the adults – kids can enjoy the timber tumbles playground, junior woodland course and the elf and fairy village. When you have worked up an appetite, grab a bite at The Redwood Café or The Canopy Café (open daily from 10am during the summer months).


Dunmore Cave

Leave the daylight behind and descend the steep steps down the grassy bank into Dunmore Cave. The cave, consisting of a series of chambers formed over millions of years, opens daily from 9:30am – 6pm (last admission 5pm) this June, July and August. Sitting in the tea room on a summer’s day, re-warming your hands around a drink after climbing back up the steps into the daylight, you sense that even in the darkest places there is magic and light. Access is by guided tour only with a maximum of 40-50 people and lasting one hour. Admission is €5 for adults and €3 for children/students.


Ireland’s Medieval Mile

From the magnificent Castle to the enchanting Canice’s Cathedral and everything in between – explore the hidden gems that Ireland’s Medieval Mile has to offer. Stepping through the centuries, you’ll see historic buildings, streets, and slipways. Climb the 9th century St. Canice’s Tower (only one of 2 round towers you can climb in the country) and take a glimpse inside the lives of the Butler family and their servants at Kilkenny Castle. Or feel the hairs rise (and your heartbeat) at tales of witchcraft in Kyteler’s Inn, here since 1324. Visit as many of the top attractions in Kilkenny City as you can, in one day, with your Medieval Mile Pass – only €39 for over €100 worth of entries and offers. The Medieval Mile Museum opens daily from 10am – 6pm from April to October.



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