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Co. Kilkenny Vacations & Travel

Co. Kilkenny Vacations

Like being in a mysterious time-warp realm, much of Kilkenny's charm owes a huge debt to the Middle Ages. The cobbled pedestrian passageways and old-fashioned shopfronts lead to hip bars, fashion boutiques and chic restaurants. Kilkenny is clearly in the modern world, but it didn't sell out its traditions to get here.

Region: Ireland

Featured Co. Kilkenny Hotel

Mount Juliet Estate, Autograph Collection

Mount Juliet Estate, Autograph Collection

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Our 4.5-Star classification designates those properties with well-appointed, deluxe accommodations, extensive amenities and comprehensive guest services. Expect attention to detail and a warm and hospitable staff ready to cater to your needs. These superb properties offer a truly refined getaway. Half star indicates that the hotel/resort meets all criteria of the designated rating and exceeds in certain areas.

Built in 1752, this is one of Ireland’s oldest walled estates. Now the original manor and converted stables have achieved their own sense of timelessness as a luxury boutique hotel.

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When to Go

Thanks to the moderating effect of the Atlantic Gulf Stream, Ireland's climate is relatively mild for its latitude. More good news - the southeast, including County Kilkenny - is the driest region in the country, enjoying a more continental climate. But don't rely on it not raining - Irish weather generally works on the 'four seasons in one day' principle.

From June to August, days are reasonably warm, with average high temperatures 18-20°C, and - most importantly - very long. At the height of summer you won't need to turn on lights until after 22:00.

In winter, temperatures rarely venture below freezing and the average low temperature from December to March is 2°C. It's cold, grey and dark by 17:00, but there's always a pub to escape into when the rain starts sheeting down.