If you love to explore but aren’t a fan of crowds and queues, Autumn is an ideal time to travel. With history, heritage, beauty, and fun on every corner, Kilkenny is the perfect place for an autumn break. Pembroke Kilkenny hotel has spacious rooms and a peaceful atmosphere, ideal for those who love to make the most of staying in a luxury hotel or those who plan to wake up with a sore head after a couple of Smithwicks. Our Kilkenny Hotel is surrounded by famous landmarks, trendy boutiques, and a stone’s throw from many of the city’s best pubs and restaurants.
Here are some of our picks of the best things to do in Ireland’s ancient city on your autumn break.
1. Explore Ireland’s Medieval Mile
It’s hard to find a city in Ireland that offers so much within a small space. In fact, we are one of Ireland’s most walkable cities.
Enjoy a trip through history when you walk down Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile. Discover historic buildings down secret laneways, a Dominican Abbey with some of the most beautiful stained glass and stop for a pint & a story in the traditional home of witches, Kyteler’s Inn, which has been a part of the town since the 14th century. Walk in the footsteps of the people who made Kilkenny what is it today and learn more about the events that shaped them.
It’s a must-do for history buffs and curious travellers, and should definitely be on your Kilkenny bucket list.
2. Kilkenny Walking Trails
Autumn is a great time to explore the great outdoors. From woodland walks to city strolls, there is something to suit all tastes here.
Explore rivers and forests, towns and villages across the county with the help of Trail Kilkenny (Walking Trails – Trail Kilkenny | Get Outdoors!), following their maps and instructions to find your way. All of these walks and trails are free for everyone to explore and take place in historically significant parts of the county.
There is something for everyone from the easy Canal Walk and Lacken Walk in the city centre to the more challenging Nore Valley Walk which takes you out to Bennetsbridge and is great way to pass a day. Brandon Hill Loop. Dress well, expect the unexpected weather-wise and bring some delicious local snacks to keep you going along the way.
3. Savour Food Festival
One of Ireland’s favourite food festivals, Savour Kilkenny marks the end of autumn and is held in the stunning setting of Kilkenny’s Medieval city. Known for its diversity and quality of food producers, distilleries, breweries, restaurants and cafés, Kilkenny is home to some of Ireland’s and Europe’s best food.
Taking place over the October bank holiday weekend, 28th – 31st October, Savour is one of Ireland’s favourite food festivals and marks the end of autumn. The festival celebrates the very best of Kilkenny and Irish products, chefs and culinary ideas. Expect talks from experts, demos from top chefs, unique dining experiences and all the food stalls you can imagine packaged into a festive atmosphere in the beautiful surrounds of Kilkenny city.
Truly an autumn highlight in Kilkenny, this is a weekend you won’t want to miss so get planning and book your trip to Kilkenny for the October Bank Holiday weekend!
4. Tour Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle is a highlight of any trip to Kilkenny and is perfect for autumn’s unpredictable weather.
Take a self-guided tour inside the castle to discover the medieval grandeur most of us could only dream of. The castle’s furniture and décor have been restored to their former glory, giving us a unique insight into the lives of its former residents. Enjoy exploring the huge bedrooms, complete with fireplaces, the dining rooms, the portrait gallery, and enjoy dozens of beautiful ornaments and artefacts from the era.
Gaze out the window at the River Nore rushing by and the ground of the castle which are worth the visit alone.
5. Treat yourself to a relaxing hotel stay
Our luxurious hotel in Kilkenny is in the heart of the action, an ideal location for an autumn city break. Our 74 bedrooms are spacious and have individually controlled heating and air conditioning, ideal for the unpredictable autumn weather. Our in-house restaurant Statham’s is perfect to refuel with a delicious dinner from our Market menu or to enjoy a nightcap before a great night’s sleep. We offer free parking and free unlimited Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a savvy travel and lifestyle writer for Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny, a four-star boutique hotel in Kilkenny, offering exceptional accommodation and dining experiences in Ireland’s historic marble city. When she’s not taking vibrant street photos, you can find her writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle.