The experience begins in the centre of Kilkenny. I will give you an overview of the city's history and why it is laid out as it is. We then move on to various historic buildings and sights. At each location, I give a brief description, it's uses over the years along with an account. The tour is very history orientated, but we will cover other areas such as sport, culture and nature. The tour takes around two hours. The tour takes in the medieval mile but also other areas which are as important, and so we cover almost the entirety of the medieval walled city, which other tours do not.
My name is John. I was born and raised in Kilkenny. I have worked as a tour guide since 2017. I am now offering my walking tours in English, previously I only offered tours in foreign languages. I have a diploma in hotel management, and I am currently studying for a degree in modern languages, and I am also studying national tour guiding, which has been put on hold for the moment. I was previously a tour guide in Kilkenny castle and in Jerpoint park. I have a very good knowledge of local history, I constantly continue to read and explore this area. I also have a local expert badge. When you book a tour with me, I will give you the bare-bones of our history but please ask me lots of questions of the areas you wish to discover more about.
The tour route is as follows: The Parade Shee Alms House Hurling Statue John's Bridge The former Kilkenny College John's Priory Evan's Home Carnegie Library World War I Memorial St. Canice's Place St. Canice's Cathedral Black Abbey Black Freren Gate St. Mary's Cathedral Rothe House Smithwick's Brewery Grace's Castle Kyteler's Inn Butter Slip Tholsel St. Mary's Church Kilkenny Castle
I recommend that you bring a comfortable pair of shoes, water (or enough money for a bottle) and suitable clothing for the weather.
The route is approximately four kilometres long and it takes two hours. The city is very old and some pavements are uneven or narrow.
Two hour historical tour of Kilkenny