Kilkenny's Ancient East


If you want to learn more about Ireland’s history and heritage, Kilkenny is right in the heart of it. A bustling city with a significant past, Kilkenny is the ideal place to explore and discover Ireland’s past, present and future. Here are the highlights of the Kilkenny as part of exploring Ireland's Ancient East.  Medieval Mile This legendary mile runs through the heart of Kilkenny city stretching from Kilkenny Castle to St. Canice's Cathedral with all manner of history an...

Aspect Hotel Kilkenny shopping nearby


If you’re planning a trip to Kilkenny to see the historical sights and take in the warm atmosphere we love to create, make sure you leave a couple of hours to potter around some of our best shopping centres and unique outlets. Here is our pick of the best: High street If you are looking for all of your favourite high-street shops, look no further than McDonagh Junction shopping centre right beside the McDonagh train st...

Aspect Hotel Kilkenny day trips


We know Kilkenny is the best city in Ireland (though we may be a bit biased on this) but every now and again we like to get out of the Marble City and stretch our legs. Here are our suggestions for great day trips to do from the city.  Thomastown (19min drive – 19kms)  Our first suggestion isn’t too far away from us. Famed for its glass-blowing and pottery, Thomastown contains Ireland's best survivin...

Aspect Hotel Kilkenny great outdoors


In a town so full of castles, shops and fantastic pubs, it is easy to forget we are surrounded by the beautiful Irish countryside. Enjoy the great outdoors with some of our recommended walks, hikes and cycles. Walks Linear Park Walk (5km) This leisurely walk takes less than an hour and is a great way to see more of the River Nore and the surrounding area. The trail fo...

Kilkenny castle


Kilkenny is part of Ireland's Ancient East, a part of this beautiful island with a rich cultural and social history. Every corner of the city has a story to tell and a fascinating past, one which founded the vibrant city we know today. We feel so lucky to live here among the ancient buildings, castles and walkways that were once graced by Lords and Kings like