Ballyragget - small town really off the tourist trail. It has a nice square and a fine Roman Catholic church just behind the square.
Callan - Check out The Moat, a great example of a Motte-and-bailey. Or visit the childhood home of Edmund Rice, the founder of the Irish Christian Brothers.
Graiguenamanagh - Home of magnificent Duiske Abbey. This 13th century Cistercian monastery was once the largest in Ireland. Now used regularly for classical and trad concerts where the brilliant acoustics have thrilled audiences with music from such notables as the Vienna Boys Choir and Irish trad legends such as the Chieftains. The town is perched on the banks of the river Barrow and is a base camp for hillwalkers, cyclists and canoeists exploring the Blackstairs mountains and the Barrow river valley.
Castlecomer - The main town in north Kilkenny. Coal was mined here for over 300 years. Visit Castlecomer Discover Park and Footprints in Coal Experience to learn more.
Mooncoin - A beautiful town near Waterford City, made famous by the song "The Rose of Mooncoin".
Thomastown - On the river Nore, this town is famous for Jerpoint Abbey, Kilfane Glen gardens, and Mount Juliet Golf Course.
Inistioge - a beautiful little village on the river Nore. It was the setting for the film "Circle of Friends". It has a lovely square. It also has an impressive multi span stone bridge. Just above the village, are Woodstock Gardens, which are being restored to period 1840 -1890.
Brandon Hill, Graiguenamanagh. The highest mountain in County Kilkenny is an easy climb of 515m(1,6790ft). At the top there great views of the surrounding counties. There is a a cairn, an old cross and a plaque pointing out the features in the surrounding landscape.
Jenkinstown Park, (10km north of Kilkenny, 11km south of Castlecomer, off N78.), . The forested park is a nice place for a walk or a picnic. There are deer and some rare trees. During April the forest is carpeted by bluebells. It was once part of the Bryan-Bellew Estate, of which castle ruins and walls can still be seen. Thomas Moore wrote The Last Rose of Summer while staying at Jenkinstown House.Free. edit
There are four Heritage Ireland Sites in County Kilkenny. These sites are maintained by the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. A heritage card, which is valid for a year costs: adult €21, senior citizen €16, student €8, family €55.
Jerpoint Abbey, Thomastown. Built in the 12th Century. It is Ireland's finest Cistercian monastic ruin with a magnificantly sculptured cloister arcade. Includes visitor and exhibition centre.
Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny. This stunning Norman Castle, which is the dominant feature in the city, is its principal attraction. Its huge forested gardens are beautiful to walk during the day.
Dunmore Caves, Dunmore, Co. Kilkenny (10km from Kilkenny city, off the N78), ☎ 056 7767726 (email@example.com, fax: 056 7767262), . 9:30-17:00 (15:00 Nov-Feb, 18:00 Mid Jun-Mid Sept). The show cave is incredibly well developed and is a wonder to walk around.€2.90 Adult, €1.30 Child. edit
St. Mary's Church, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, ☎ 056 7726894 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 28th May - 16th Sept: Daily 9.30 - 18.00. A 13th century church.edit
Kilkenny is in the centre of The Sunny South East. It has the most extreme climate in Ireland mainly because it is not affected by the sea, but don't get too worried. The highest recorded temperature ever was 33.3°C. There is on average, 4 days of snow a year.
Kilkenny People, . Weekly paper, out Wednesday. This is the largest selling newspaper in the South East. Covers Kilkenny city and county, with news, sports, property and entertainment listings. James Joyce referred to this paper in Ulysses.edit
Kilkenny is served by one local radio station, which also serves Carlow. 96FM has news on the hour.
Walk the South Leinster Way, . This is a walk that covers 102km(64miles) from Kildavin, Co Carlow to Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary. It passes through Graiguenamanagh and Inistioge as well as ancient sites, river valleys, forests and by the slopes of Mount Leinster and over Brandon Hill.edit
Waterside Bike&Hike, Waterside Guesthouse, Graiguenamanagh, ☎ 086 4084008, . Bike rental company based in Graiguenamanagh and specialising the in the Barrow river towpath. Safe traffic free grass trail with mountain bikes, kids bikes and electric bikes available. Drop off and pick up of bikes anywhere along the trail.edit
Mount Juliet Golf Course, (20 minutes from Kilkenny), . This golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is one of the top golf courses in the country. It often holds international golf tournments.Green fees €70-150. edit
Mountain View Golf Club, Kiltorcan, Ballyhale (South of Ballyhale on the main Dublin-Waterford Road (N9)), ☎ 056 7768122 (email@example.com), . edit
MacGabhainns Backpackers Hostel, 24 Vicar Street, ☎ 00353-56-7770970. Best Hostel in south-east, Small comfy dorm all Ensuite15. edit
Waterside Restaurant Located in a converted granite cornstore on the banks of the river Barrow in Graiguenamanagh. Family run and award winning restaurant for many years. Tel;059-9724246. 10 cosy rooms with river views available upstairs.
Kilkenny is famous for two beers - the Kilkenny beer and the Smithwicks ale, famous the world over as the distinct taste. Why not try them on your visit to the County? One of the best pubs to try a pint in the county, or maybe even the world, is the fantastic original pub/shop/hardware that is Mick Doyles in Main St. Graiguenamanagh.
Kilkenny Castle is a wonderfull place to visit if you are on foot in the city, if you have transport be sure to visit Inistioge a quaint and beautifull village about 30 minutes from Kilkenny City set on the banks of the river Nore. It was used in the making of various films such as Circle of Friends and Widows Peak
The Rock of Cashel in Tipperary was the seat of the Kings of Munster for hundreds of years. There are runes of a Cathedral and a round tower on the rock.