As if you needed another reason to visit this medieval cultural hot spot! But just in case, here are 5 more reasons to visit Kilkenny.

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Ireland’s Tourism Town Winner 2013

Fáilte Ireland recently announced that Kilkenny has been crowned the 2013 National Tourism Town, chosen from a shortlist of ten top tourism destinations. There’s a wealth of activities in Kilkenny, craft, food, adventure, art, theatre, laughs, trad, retail therapy and more; for everything you need to know, check out the website before you Visit Kilkenny

IBAL Cleanest Town Winner 2013

For the second year running Kilkenny is once again Ireland's cleanest town!  It marks the first time a town or city has retained the title since the IBAL programme began in 2002. While driving around the countryside you’ll notice the great care, pride and effort that has gone into maintaining our beautiful county.

Kilkenny is the Friendliest City in Europe 2013

Readers of Condé Nast’s Traveler Magazine recently voted Kilkenny as the 9th friendliest city in the world – the only city in Europe to make the top ten!  It seems our clean air, pubs and friendly greetings impressed visitors to the Marble City.

A Top Culinary Destination

Not only does Kilkenny have 2 Michelin Starred Restaurants, but a multitude of fine dining and casual eateries that will not only have you salivating, but hungry for more! We are home to some of the best food producers in Ireland like Knockdrinna Cheese, Happy Heart Oil and Goatsbridge Trout plus numerous foody treasure troves like Glasrì and The Truffle Fairy. Find out more on the Taste Trail.

Creative Heart of Ireland

Synonymous with, craft, art and culture, Kilkenny is a county unlike any other when it comes to the arts. With the National Craft Gallery and prestigious Butler Gallery right in the centre of town alongside a host of craft and design studios that spill out to the Kilkenny countryside. You can meander through towns and villages while stopping off at the artisan workshops that you’ll find along the way. Find out more about Kilkenny’s arts and crafts and download the free map.

Just staying local…check out our guide to the perfect day out in the neighbourhood, visit a cheese maker, have afternoon tea at the Lady Helen, Mount Juliet and get up close and personal with the glassmakers at Jerpoint. Hope to be seeing you soon!