KILKENNY has “a timeless appeal” and is “the Ireland of many visitors’ imaginations,” according to the latest edition of top travel book The Lonely Planet which was published last week.
The author commended the city for “its majestic riverside castle, tangle of 17th-century passageways, rows of colourful, old-fashioned shopfronts and its splendid medieval cathedral” and described it as “a hotbed of arts, crafts and cultural life.”
The author Fionn Davenport tells visitors to try to visit on a weekday or sometime out of summer “to avoid the crowds” and to “appreciate the elegance and vibrancy” of the city.
Top sights recommended by the guide include Kilkenny Castle, Butler Gallery, St Canice’s Cathedral, the National Craft Gallery and Kilkenny Design Centre, Black Abbey, Butter Slip, Black Freren Gate, St Mary’s Cathedral and St John’s Priory.
In the county, Kells Priory is described as “one of Ireland’s most impressive and romantic monastic sites”. Inistioge is “a picture” while Graignamanagh is a “place where you could easily find yourself staying longer than planned.” In the north of the county visitors are encouraged to see Dunmore Caves with its “striking calcite formations” where one can see the Market Cross, Europe’s largest freestanding stalagmite.