- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Kilkenny
The Republic of Ireland's Kilkenny (Cill Chainnigh) is the most beautiful heritage city in the entire country, attracting a huge number of tourism arrivals every year. Its historic sites are concentrated in the city centre and easily accessible on foot. Kilkenny has been a focus for tourism for many years and in 2009 celebrated the 400th anniversary of its status as a city, boosting its visitor numbers still further.
Appearing more like a small town, the city is a treasure-house for architecture and history buffs, with many heritage buildings dating from Norman times through medieval and Tudor periods up to the 19th century, all within walking distance of city centre hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. Accommodation options across this historic county are wide, ranging from traditional luxury and contemporary modernity to cosy pubs and B&Bs with traditionally warm Irish welcomes. Tourist information can be easily accessed at the Kilkenny Tourism Office in the 16th-century Shee Alms House on Rose Inn Street.