Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre is located just outside Kilkenny near Kilmanagh. This open-air stage hosts events mostly during the height of the summer months when it is a delight to be outdoors, even late into the night. Besdies concerts and theatrical events, the venue also hosts family days and lectures.
A striking vision in grey, this Gothic church is the second-longest cathedral in Ireland. Originally established by Saint Canice as a monastic settlement in the 6th Century, the cathedral features a variety of exhibits of historical interest, including stained glass windows, limestone grave slabs and medieval carvings by Rory and William O'Tunney. One of its most salient features is its "Celtic Christian" round tower, one of the few remaining medieval vestiges of its kind that can be ascended to the top. It also notably enshrines prominent Ossory bishops.
The Medieval Mile Museum is located in the restored and retrofitted St Mary's Church Building, with it's Graveyard complex retained alongside. While the Church is a fine example of the medieval Renaissance style, the interiors widely adapt to a modern style of display. The Museum parades a fine collection of Kilkenny's historic remains, and demonstrates the City's prime role in Medieval history. With the ornate works of the bygone era, the Museum is an epicentre of art and culture in the City.
One of Kilkenny's most respected venues, Cleere's has been playing host to intimate theater performances and traditional music sessions for as long as anyone can remember. Its Monday night trad session has assumed almost legendary status, and guest musicians and singers are always very welcome. Attracting mainly a younger crowd, Cleere's is also a great place for a pint of Guinness. So sit back with a tall one and enjoy the show.
Although only established in 1993, the Watergate Theatre has become a focal point for much of the theatrical activity in Kilkenny city and county. The venue plays host to a variety of both visiting productions and local amateur drama societies. Homegrown professional companies, including Barnstorm and Bickerstaffe, have also performed at the Watergate to great acclaim.
First founded in 1225, this Dominican friary takes its unusual name from the fact that the resident monks used to wear a formal black cappa over their white habit. Established by William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, the abbey has had a turbulent history, having been shut down by Henry VIII and later left to ruin. Restored in the 1970s, the abbey features a range of monastic exhibits, including a pre-Reformation Irish oak statue of St. Dominic, and several stone coffins. The abbey is still in use today by members of the founding Dominican Order.
Archaic ruins witness spell-binding concerts in the Lady Chapel of the St John's Priory. The classic concert is often organized in the restored Lady Chapel, as rest of the 13th Century Priory, that had its influence from the Sainte Chapelle, Paris, remains shambled. Nevertheless, the impeccable backdrop of one of History's finest marks in Kilkenny for presenting the ravishing notes created by the famed composer, is second to none. Not only presentations of Beethoven's creations, but many artists perform at this venue and leave a mark forever, in the passage of history and time.
Set Theatre in Kilkenny is one such venue for hosting some nice musical performances. The shows here range from the local to the most popular. In fact, few artists and performers of the Kilkenny Arts Festival too have presented their shows here. So check out for the gigs and buy the tickets when available.
At No. 72 John Street, resides the Kilkenny County Arts office that serves to promote and bring together art related activities across the county, encourage people's talent and partner with artists and other related organizations to bring the masses closer to art. Its not only an administrative center but also there are regular exhibition held in its gallery titled same as the street address.
The spectacular Church of Saint John the Evangelist, is a Catholic church known for the lush green lawns that surround it, its beautiful and spacious interior and an incredible altar. The incredible structure was designed by William Hague under the supervision of William Henry Byrne. Mass is available here throughout the week.
If there's a single venue for bowling, celebrations, birthday parties and fun rides, it's Kbowl. With ten bowling lanes, five pool tables, a kids' play area and also a java cafe, the venue is a great place for games and snacks. There is a special kids' bowling area even. What's more, they have special tie-ups with local schools so that learning comes with fun! The Christmas party in this place is amazing, with unlimited bowling and a BYOB option. There's the Kzone that;s more of a family area with a lot of arcade games, dens, hurricane carts and more.