Last Updated: 14th Nov 2013
by – Clarie Hanney, Tour Manager, Europe
Kilkenny in the south east of Ireland is considered the medieval capital of the country because of its outstanding collection of well-preserved castles, churches, public buildings, streets, and lanes.
Like most Irish cities, Kilkenny had fallen into Norman hands by the 12th century. Unlike many other European cities though, the buildings and structures that were built during the next few hundred years were not destroyed by war and upheaval and still survive today.
The area surrounding Kilkenny (County Kilkenny) is mainly farming area filled with rich river valleys, rolling pasturelands, gentle mountains, and picture-postcard towns.
Kilkenny is the national center for crafts and design with Irelands best selection of pottery, woodwork, jewellery, and other handmade items.