The Medieval City of Kilkenny
A day tour experience uniquely designed by Desmond Tours
Tour Highlights & Focal Points
- Kilkenny City
- Kilkenny Castle
- Castle Park
- Kilkenny Traditional Lunch
- Medieval Mile Museum
- St Canice’s Cathedral
- St Canice’s Roundtower
- Smithwick’s Brewery
You will be warmly welcomed by our friendly driver who will escort you to your awaiting vehicle. The starting location of this day tour is at your accommodation in Dublin, however, other pick-up points are also possible. Do send us an enquiry through our customised tour page to receive a unique offer, tailored to your needs.
En route to Ireland’s south, we will begin our tour with a scenic drive passing Dublin’s highlights along the way. We will now make our way toward’s Ireland’s Ancient East, passing the rolling hills of Kilkenny en route.
On arrival in the medieval city of Kilkenny, there are so many activities to choose from – take a relaxing stroll and stretch your legs in the majestic castle park. Then visit the ancient Kilkenny Castle taking a tour with your guide – don’t miss the famous picture gallery!
At lunchtime, choose from an array of local delicacies in the local pubs, cafes and restaurants that Kilkenny has to offer. Consider dining at the famous Kyteler’s Inn (established in 1324) – an ancient medieval inn steeped in witchcraft history.
Perhaps pair your lunch with a pint of the black stuff (be it Coca Cola or Guinness!) and get ready to move onto your next adventure.
Depending on your group’s interests, consider walking the Medieval Mile with your guide, visit the new Medieval Mile Museum to learn about Kilkenny’s history or visit the local brewery, and taste some local Smithwick’s beer.
For the more adventourous climb up St Canice’s Roundtower and enjoy spectacular views over the city or take a boat trip on the River Nore. Before leaving Kilkenny, make sure you stop at Kilkenny Design Centre to stock up on some traditional Irish produce and gifts to take home.
Your driver will take you back to your accommodation and we will bid our farewells.
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Booking this Tour
- A fully customised itinerary designed with your touring needs in mind.
- Scheduled stops at must-see locations.
- Additional stops at lesser known hidden gems – Ireland’s best kept secrets!
- Live commentary, information and entertainment by an experienced, Failte Ireland approved driver guide.
- Driver overnight expenses (including accommodation & food).
- Private collection from / return to an address of your choice.
- Mercedes Benz vehicle including associated costs such as fuel, tolls, insurance and car-parks – your own personal group vehicle.
- Recommendations on reputable accommodation choices, local Irish pubs, award winning restaurants and fun activities.
- Wi-Fi connection in your touring vehicle on request
- Admission fees to attractions and additional tours may incur an additional fee.
- Driver’s gratuity (at your discretion)
- Food, drink or refreshments
- Guest accommodation
- Airfares to & from Ireland
- Travel insurance
What is the starting point of my tour?
We can arrange pick up from any of the airports on the island of Ireland and we also offer pick ups from your accommodation. In other words, you let us know where you would like to start your tour and we arrange it!
Can I choose a start date for my tour?
Our tours start on any day of the week, whenever it suits you best, subject to availability. Get in touch with your travel dates and we will check availability for you. Generally tours between May and September sell out quickly, so booking early is advised.
How many people can participate in the tour?
We organise tours for any group size. Larger groups may incur a surcharge, please contact us to enquire about specific rates. We do of course welcome children on our tours – please note that according to EU regulation children under the age of twelve, and shorter than 4’5″ must use a child seat to travel in a vehicle. You must let us know in advance if this is required.
Can we book accommodation through you?
While this is a service we usually do not provide, we are happy to help you book accommodation if required. We have excellent knowledge of the great accommodations that are available in Ireland (from simple B&Bs to exquisite Castle or Manor Hotels) and are happy to provide recommendations.
Can we book flights through you?
No, we do not book flights for our clients but your local travel agent will be happy to oblige.
How long is an average day of touring?
Usually groups are picked up at 9.00 in the morning and will then enjoy touring until around 17.30 but this depends entirely on the clients’ preferences. A longer touring day can easily be compensated by a shorter one the day after, providing you with a flexible touring experience.
How do we make a booking?
Please click here to complete your booking online. Once the booking is complete, a confirmation email is sent. If you would like to book a customized tour, feel free to email us with your personal Ireland Tour wish-list.
How do we pay for our booking?
You may pay your deposit and final payment by credit card through the online booking system on our website. Please note that credit card payments may incur an additional fee. Bank transfer payments can also be facilitated on request.
Do you recommend I take out travel insurance for my trip to Ireland?
Yes, absolutely. For further information on booking and cancellation terms, please see our Terms of Business
Are there any restrictions on the amount of luggage I can bring?
Please contact us in advance if you are planning on bringing any large equipment or if you would like to bring more than one large suitcase plus one piece of hand luggage per passenger and we will do our best to accommodate this.
What vehicle(s) will be used for my tour through Ireland?
This will depend a little on the size of your group and the availability of our vehicles. Please note that the availability of a particular vehicle may not always be guaranteed due to maintenance and repairs. Feel free to contact us for more information or review our Mercedes fleet page.
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