Kilkenny Civic Trust
Kilkenny Civic Trust is a registered charity set up by Kilkenny County Council in 1989 to acquire the premises in Kilkenny of the former Kilkenny Design Workshops.
Since 1989 the Trust has been managing the property which consists of Butler House and Gardens, and the adjacent properties at the Castle Yard, which are home to the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, and the Kilkenny Design Centre.
The trust also runs the Medieval Mile Museum.
The former St Mary’s Church has been converted into a modern museum and is a popular venue for select events and exhibitions.
Designed to enrich the cultural life of the city and provide a new international standard attraction for visitors the museum has several functions: as the starting point for understanding Kilkenny’s medieval history, to display Kilkenny’s Civic Treasures and replicas of some of Ossory High Crosses and to provide a space for temporary exhibitions and cultural events.
The Museum is already a flagship attraction on Ireland’s Ancient East. A key visitor attraction upon Ireland’s Medieval Mile it brings to life Kilkenny’s rich history as Ireland’s premier medieval city.
Kilkenny Civic Trust has broadened its remit to deepen its strategic involvement in tourism initiatives both in the Trust’s own properties and to help develop Kilkenny as a world class tourism destination.