Guided tour

Kilkenny: Historical Highlights Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: Ormonde Language Tours
Guided tour

Kilkenny: Historical Highlights Walking Tour

Activity provider: Ormonde Language Tours
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From US$ 12.92 per person

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Discover Kilkenny's enchanting medieval streets and history with a local and certified national tour guide. Learn insider facts and knowledge as you walk through this charming Irish city.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Learn about the various periods of Kilkenny's history from an expert guide
  • See most of the old city, including Hightown, St. John's Priory, and Irishtown
  • Be amazed by the stories of Kilkenny's most famous citizens
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Explore Kilkenny's fascinating past on a walking tour with a certified guide. Walk through the city's historic streets, hearing stories about Kilkenny Castle, St. John's Priory, and more, as you stand in front of these impressive sights.

Kick-start your historical adventure by the Kilkenny Crystal Shop. Then, cross the River Nore towards Kilkenny County Hall, where you will find out about the most famous scholar in Kilkenny's history.

From there, head to St. John's Priory and the Butler Gallery. Continue on to Kilkenny County Library and the Great War Memorial. Cross into Irishtown and St. Canice's Cathedral, where the city's history began. See many other fascinating sights along the tour, including Kieran and Parliament streets, the Black Abbey, and more.

Finish your tour in front of the stunning Kilkenny Castle, home to the Butler family for 600 years.

  • Licensed guide
  • Walking tour
  • Entrance tickets to attractions
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with low level of fitness

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Meeting point

Meet your guide opposite the Kilkenny Crystal Shop.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Intoxication
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Littering

Know before you go

  • There are steps along the tour route
Customer reviews

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4.9 /5

based on 9 reviews

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We really enjoyed this walking tour of Kilkenny and our tour guide John was excellent! Would definitely recommend this activity

August 1, 2022

Fun, informative and very willing to answer all questions. We had a great tour and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

July 6, 2022

Our guide John Britton was excellent and was very generous in his explanations. He knows the history of his city very well in addition to mastering French very well. We strongly suggest you do this activity as soon as you arrive in Kilkenny.

June 21, 2022

Product ID: 407750