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July News

Why Kilkenny is the Perfect Place to Get Married

Why Kilkenny is the Perfect Place to Get Married

Kilkenny is the perfect place to be for the big day. Read more on top reasons why Kilkenny is the place to be on your wedding day.

Things to do in Kilkenny for the Solo Traveller

Things to do in Kilkenny for the Solo Traveller

Are you a solo traveller coming to Kilkenny? We have a list of the top 4 things for you to do when staying in Kilkenny.

Fun and Cheap Things to do in Kilkenny for the Weekend

Fun and Cheap Things to do in Kilkenny for the Weekend

The ideal weekend is fun filled, recharging and above all, doesn’t break the bank. Afterall, the best things in life are free. If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the weekend but don’t want to spend extra cash, don’t worry. Kilkenny has plenty of free and cheap things to do that can appeal to anyone.

Experience The Hole in the Wall Pub: One of Kilkenny’s Rich Historical Treasures

Experience The Hole in the Wall Pub: One of Kilkenny’s Rich Historical Treasures

The term ‘Hole in the Wall’ may be ubiquitous, but it’s true meaning is rarely tested. Nestled in the heart of Kilkenny, one local treasure trove truly lives up to expectations. The Hole in the Wall offers an unrivalled experience full of history, music, and good old-fashioned conversation..

June News

Why Kilkenny can be the Perfect Girlie Getaway in Ireland

Why Kilkenny can be the Perfect Girlie Getaway in Ireland

Kilkenny is a top spot for a girl’s getaway whether for a spa weekend, a day trip or sight-seeing. We have you covered.

Dublin to Kilkenny by Car: A Scenic Route Guide

Dublin to Kilkenny by Car: A Scenic Route Guide

Travelling to Kilkenny from Dublin isn’t just convenient, it can also be a wonderfully enjoyable way to take in some gorgeous views around Ireland. Extend your route by taking some detours along the way and stretch your legs while exploring the natural scenery.

What’s Happening in Kilkenny this Summer

What’s Happening in Kilkenny this Summer

Summer is made for exploration and there’s no better place to discover something new than Kilkenny.

How to Spend a Perfect Day in Kilkenny: A Visitor’s Guide

How to Spend a Perfect Day in Kilkenny: A Visitor’s Guide

Whether it's your first or your fifteenth visit, Kilkenny can always offer something new to discover. So, what does the ideal day in the marble city look like? We've crafted an itinerary to help you navigate and enjoy a perfect day out in Kilkenny.

May News

What is it Like to Live in Kilkenny?

What is it Like to Live in Kilkenny?

Even the shortest visit to the home of Smithwick’s will give you a taste of the county’s rich history, but what is it like to live in Kilkenny today? Read on to find out…

Explore 300 Years of Brewing History on the Masters of Ale Experience

Explore 300 Years of Brewing History on the Masters of Ale Experience

Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny’s brand-new tour will bring visitors on an unforgettable journey through brewing history. Featuring immersive storytelling, a sensory-led tasting experience and a hands-on pint pouring tutorial, the Masters of Ale tour will awaken the senses and bring past and present brewing traditions back to life in each sip of Ireland’s beloved ale.

Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny’s Barrel Yard Sessions Return for 2024

Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny’s Barrel Yard Sessions Return for 2024

If you’ve been wondering what to do in Kilkenny this summer, look no further. The spacious Smithwick’s Barrel Yard is set to be transformed into a hub of live music, street food and, of course, delicious pints every weekend from May to September 2024.

Kilkenny’s Best Event Space: Frequently Asked Questions

Kilkenny’s Best Event Space: Frequently Asked Questions

Revitalise connections and ignite team spirit with Smithwick’s premium event hire, perfect for large gatherings and for corporate events. Read on to learn more.

April News

The Footprints of the Artists who Called Kilkenny Home

Artists who Called Kilkenny Home

Who are some of the people behind Kilkenny’s artistic heritage? We look at three prolific artists who called Kilkenny home.

Famous Women Connected to Kilkenny

Famous Women Connected to Kilkenny

We all know it's the people that make a place what it is, which is why we’ve decided to take a look at some of the inspiring and fascinating stories of the women with a connection to Kilkenny.

March News

Experience St. Patrick’s Day in Kilkenny 2024

St. Patrick’s Day in Kilkenny 2024

For St. Patrick’s Day 2024, there’s no better place to be than Kilkenny city. Running from the 15th - 18th March, the St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny offers a range of fun filled activities from music to acrobatics and, of course, the much-anticipated St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Kilkenny

The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Kilkenny

Kilkenny is famous for many things and there are many questions surrounding the city. Here, we answer the most popular questions.

February News

A Romantic Weekend in Kilkenny

A Romantic Weekend in Kilkenny

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whether you’ve been with your partner for years or at the start of something new, Kilkenny is a city of romance! Set in stunning surroundings, the Marble city has everything needed to make Valentine’s Day 2024 a special occasion for you and your loved one.

What does "Kilkenny" Mean? The History Behind the Name

What Does the Name Kilkenny Mean

Kilkenny may be fondly dubbed The Medieval City but what is the true meaning behind the word ‘Kilkenny’? Long before John Smithwick was even born and it became the home of Smithwick’s, the city of Kilkenny can be traced back to the early 6th century.

January News

Kilkenny’s Connection to the United States: The Story of James Hoban

Kilkenny’s Connection to the United States: The Story of James Hoban

In 1785 a Kilkenny born architect travelled to the United States and would go on to design one of the most famous addresses in the world. From humble beginnings to influencing the world of architecture as we know it, discover the story of James Hoban.

A History of Smithwick’s Advertising Campaigns

A History of Smithwick’s Advertising Campaigns

Smithwick’s has carved out a reputation as a beer unafraid of doing things its own way. This can be seen across its advertising history as it forged its identity through bold, daring, and inventive advertising campaigns. Take a step back through time as we chart the origins of its adverts, tracing its legacy right up to today.

December News

How to Spend New Year’s in Kilkenny

How to Spend New Year’s in Kilkenny

Searching for some creative, fun ways to ring in the New Year in Kilkenny? Look no further. Whether you want to start the New Year fresh and grounded or are looking for a unique experience to celebrate the beginning of 2024, Kilkenny has the answer.

Where to Discover Kilkenny’s Best Arts and Crafts

Where to Discover Kilkenny’s Best Arts and Crafts

Kilkenny is a city brimming with inspiration and creativity. True to its roots, the medieval city has plenty of design and craft ware on display. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, a hands-on workshop, or to purchase some beautiful designs, Kilkenny will leave you spoilt for choice.

The Best Smithwick’s Red Ale Recipes

The Best Smithwick’s Red Ale Recipes

It’s no secret that a pint of Smithwick’s is the secret weapon to liven up many meals. But did you know it makes a delicious ingredient in cooking too? From fish recipes to delectable desserts, the distinctive Irish red ale has the ability to bring out the best from a number of classic dishes.

November News

A Guide to Christmas Markets in Kilkenny 2023

A Guide to Christmas Markets in Kilkenny 2023

The Christmas season has officially started. Whether you’re feeling in the festive mood or still need a helping hand, Kilkenny has something for everyone. This year, there’s a range of markets and activities running from early December well into the New Year.

Smithwick’s Experience becomes an Official AsIAm Autism Friendly Visitor Experience

Smithwick’s Experience becomes an Official AsIAm Autism Friendly Visitor Experience

Along with the Guinness Storehouse and Roe & Co Distillery, Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny is proud to be an AsIAm Autism friendly accredited visitor experience. Along with increased training for staff and more signage, there will now be designated tours that will allow those with neurodivergencies to get the most out of their experience.

The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Kilkenny

The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Kilkenny

Tracing its lineage back to the 6th century, Kilkenny is a city that harbours an ancient past alongside a dynamic present. It’s no wonder there are stories waiting to be uncovered around every stone of the medieval settlement, evoking curiosity from visitors and residents alike. We decided to delve into some of the most common questions surrounding Marble City (including how it got this epithet) and reveal the answers you’ve been dying to know.

Famous filming locations in Kilkenny

Famous filming locations in Kilkenny

Known for its medieval history and marbled pathways, Kilkenny is an enchanting destination for visitors near and far. But it’s also been host to film crews over the years who have put the county on the silver screen. From lavish period pieces to modern dramas, these films all have one thing in common. Here are some of Kilkenny’s most iconic appearances on the big screen.

October News

The Haunted History of Kilkenny

The Haunted History of Kilkenny

Ireland is famed for its rich heritage. Littered with storied landscapes and reminders of the past around every corner, Kilkenny is a particular treasure trove. It’s little wonder Kilkenny was even voted one of the most haunted places in the world. Sitting in the stately shadow of the majestic castle, surrounded by remnants of old city walls, there are few cities in the world that boast such an enchanting setting. This Hallow’s eve, take a deep dive into the area’s turbulent past and visit some of the sites where history comes to life.

Where to Find the Best Pint of Smithwick’s Outside of Kilkenny

Where to Find the Best Pint of Smithwick’s Outside of Kilkenny

Searching for a great pint of Ireland’s iconic red ale? Naturally, as the birthplace of Smithwick’s, Kilkenny should be your first port of call. But if you find yourself outside of the county borders – fear not!

A Walking Tour of Kilkenny Through its Pubs

A Walking Tour of Kilkenny Through its Pubs

A watering hole, a local institution, a meeting place; pub culture has always been a cornerstone of Irish social life. There are few better ways to get to know a city than by exploring its pubs.

September News

Exploring Kilkenny's Lanes and Alleyways

Exploring Kilkenny's Lanes and Alleyways

Kilkenny, an enchanting Irish city, tells tales of ancient history, captivating architecture, and vibrant modern life. The heart of this medieval city beats through its intricate network of lanes and alleyways. Let's journey through these narrow paths and discover the secrets they hold.

Kilkenny Nightlife: Where History Dances with the Present

Kilkenny Nightlife: Where History Dances with the Present

Kilkenny, a historic Irish city in Ireland, offers a vibrant nightlife characterised by traditional Irish pubs, live music sessions, and festivals such as the Kilkenny Arts Festival and Cat Laughs Comedy Festival and the compact nature of the city makes it easy to explore. With a legacy in brewing, venues like the Smithwick's Experience celebrate this tradition.

Travelling to Kilkenny: A Visitor’s Guide

Travelling to Kilkenny: A Visitor’s Guide

Ah, Ireland! The land of saints, scholars, and scenic landscapes. If your travels take you to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon, you might be tempted to venture a little further afield to explore other gems of the Emerald Isle. One such gem is Kilkenny, a medieval city known for its iconic Kilkenny Castle, intricate cathedrals, rich cultural heritage, and of course the world famous Smithwick’s brewery site . In this guide, we’ll detail the best ways to get from Dublin to Kilkenny, making your journey as smooth as a pint of the finest Irish stout.

August News

A Celebration of Creativity: Smithwick’s & The Kilkenny Arts Festival 2024

A Celebration of Creativity: Smithwick’s & The Kilkenny Arts Festival 2023

The Kilkenny Arts Festival, held annually in the charming medieval city of Kilkenny, Ireland, has become an essential gathering for art enthusiasts, artists, and performers worldwide. Starting from the 8th-18th August 2024, the festival has earned a reputation for showcasing both established talents and emerging voices in various art forms. Here we explore the rich tapestry of the Kilkenny Arts Festival and the historical connection to Smithwick’s.

The Best Foods to Enjoy with Smithwick's Red Ale

The Best Foods to Enjoy with Smithwick's Red Ale

You’ve just finished one of the best things to do Kilkenny and you’re a bit peckish. Here we explore some of the best foods that can enhance and compliment your Smithwick's experience. The taste profile of Smithwick's Red Ale, marked by toasty malt, caramel undertones, and a hint of fruity bitterness, makes it a highly versatile beverage for a wide range of food pairings. And if that’s not enough, we’ve highlighted some of the best places in Kilkenny to try them out.

Smithwick’s Beer Tasting Tips

Smithwick’s Beer Tasting Tips

Beer tasting in Kilkenny is one of the best things you can do during your visit to this historical city. Smithwick's Red Ale, Pale Ale, and Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale are three acclaimed beers in the international beer landscape. With their distinct flavours and character, they offer a unique beer tasting experience. If you're looking to deepen your appreciation for these brews or simply want to embark on an exciting beer tasting journey, these tips will be your ultimate guide.

How to Spend the Perfect Day in Kilkenny

How to Spend the Perfect Day in Kilkenny

Welcome to the captivating city of Kilkenny, Ireland, where a harmonious blend of medieval heritage, artistic charm, and a flavourful brewing tradition awaits you. With its enchanting castles, vibrant streets, and the famous Smithwick's Experience, Kilkenny offers a delightful day filled with unforgettable moments. Here we have crafted the ideal itinerary that encompasses the best of Kilkenny experiences, including a taste of the beloved Smithwick's famous ales.

July News

Ideas for Couples Visiting Kilkenny

Ideas for Couples Visiting Kilkenny

Hello, lovebirds!

Seeking a unique romantic getaway? Kilkenny is calling you! With its captivating history, thriving food scene, and stunning landscapes, Kilkenny is a haven for couples. Let's dive into the exciting world of fun activities and romantic experiences Kilkenny has to offer!

Group Activities in Kilkenny

Group Activities in Kilkenny

The vibrant town of Kilkenny, steeped in rich history, stunning landscapes, and a lively arts scene, is an ideal destination for groups seeking an array of activities. This comprehensive Kilkenny group travel guide is designed to provide you with the best group activities in Kilkenny, whether you're interested in team building, sightseeing tours, or a fun-filled weekend in Kilkenny.

Things to do this Summer in Kilkenny

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Ireland may not be the first destination to come to mind when planning a summer getaway, but the ancient and vibrant city of Kilkenny is sure to change your mind. Nestled in the heart of the country's Ancient East, Kilkenny offers a mix of cultural, historical, and natural attractions, plus a lively arts scene, making it a unique spot to soak up some summer sun.

June News

The History of Brewing in Kilkenny: An In-depth Look at Tradition

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From the medieval streets of Kilkenny, the history of brewing in this charming Irish town tells a fascinating tale of tradition, resilience, and innovation. This rich story is as intoxicating as the beers themselves, steeped in centuries of experience and a deep-rooted love for the craft.

Top 9 Reasons to Take a Brewery Tour When Visiting Kilkenny

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If you're planning a trip to the enchanting city of Kilkenny, Ireland, you're in for a treat. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes, Kilkenny is a city that captivates and enthrals. But there's one experience that you must add to your itinerary - a brewery tour. Here are the top nine reasons to embark on a brewery tour when visiting Kilkenny.

The Impact of Kilkenny's Brewing Tradition on Irish Culture

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In the heart of Ireland's Ancient East, Kilkenny is a city renowned for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant arts scene. However, it's Kilkenny's brewing tradition that has had a profound and lasting impact on the Irish culture. The tradition of brewing in this medieval city is not only a testament to its past but an integral part of its present and future. Here's a deep dive into the impact of Kilkenny's brewing tradition on Irish culture.

Top Things to Do in Kilkenny Along the Medieval Mile

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Along Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, beginning at Kilkenny Castle, descending through the city and ending at St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower, you’ll find a host of historical and cultural attractions and exciting things to do that will suit everyone’s tastes.

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