A January 2000 trip
to Kilkenny by Leesa
Quote: As many Irish county towns, the medieval market town of Kilkenny is popular with the Irish for weekend breaks, and stag nights. Visiting in mid January, we were advised to book accommodation and the better restaurants in advance. The town also buzzes with young Dubliners returning ‘home’ for the weekend.
* Lack of good dining options
* Many tourist attractions closed outside of summer
Our double with ensuite & telly was reasonably priced at £30 a night, although we could hear all the stag & hen nights walking the main street until early morning, and then put up with drunken snoring from the room below us.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2002
Lower Patrick Street
Restaurant | "Pordylos"
The food is modern ‘world food’. My boyfriend had a spicy South American Stew, and I had a Thai Curry. My only criticism is that the food appeared to be ‘dumbed down’ to local tastes. My sushi starter had cooked fish and crystallised ginger, and my Thai Curry was extremely mild. My boyfriend’s stew was quite spicy though.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2002
+353 56 70660
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 25, 2002
92 High Street
+353 56 61822
We were shown around by a real ‘drama queen’ character, who took full advantage of having some English to tease. The tour was well worth it, explaining the castle’s history, the family’s history, as well as the trials of restoration, as the place was apparently almost a wreck when sold off.
+353 56 21450
Attraction | "St Canice's Cathedral"
The interior walls were lined with ancient gravestones and were a fascinating read. An aging parish member took great pleasure in showing us around, pointing out the oldest tombs. The oldest is inscribed in Norman French from 1280. Whilst this impromptu tour was free, donating £1 or so for the Cathedral’s upkeep seems only reasonable.
St. Canice's Cathedral
+353 56 64971
As a medieval house it was relatively interesting, although rather empty. Upstairs there was an informal museum, which was far more revealing about Kilkenny’s more recent past and part in the struggle for independence.
+353 56 22893
Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 24623
13km south of Kilkenny
First visiting early on Friday evening, it was all but deserted, but wonderfully cosy and friendly. The middle aged manager became our whiskey adviser for an hour or so. Saturday, we returned around 9.30pm to find the pub jam packed with what we gathered to be a selection of Dublin’s professionals. Both times we visited there was gentle blues playing in the background, and the TV remained turned off.
Brighton, United Kingdom