Co. Kilkenny, the jewel of the south-east, can trace its roots back to around the 2nd century AD and the ancient Kingdom of Osraige. It’s a county of hills rolling in every shade of green, valley roads, lined by old stone walls, running alongside babbling brooks between picturesque towns and villages, with the City of Kilkenny itself being home to Ireland’s central-southern Europcar branch.
Our Europcar Co. Kilkenny location can be found on Callan Road in the south-east of the city, just off the N76. Renting a car from Kilkenny opens up the fantastic setting of the city, county, and all they have to offer, as well putting you around an hour from the towns and beaches of the south-east coast. Our Kilkenny location can cater to both leisure customers and business customers, availing of the flexible short, medium and long-term business fleet management service offered by Europcar and customers renting a van.
The medieval City of Kilkenny, also known as ‘the marble city’ for centuries thanks to its exporting and use in the construction of Kilkenny ‘Black’ Marble, is a beautiful representation of the Ireland visitors love to imagine. With a so-called ‘Medieval Mile’ of historic architecture lining the narrow streets that flow along the banks of the River Nore, this track between the early 13th-century castle and Saint Canice’s Cathedral, the second longest in Ireland, is one of the region’s most well-known visitor attractions. The popularity of the city ensures it can boast some of the best restaurants, shops, and pubs around.
Just 15 kilometres south of Kilkenny is the fortified Augustinian Monastery of Kells Priory, originally built in the 12th century and fought over for much of its first few hundred years of existence. A further two kilometres west of Kells is the 29-metre-high round tower of Kilree, with its 9th century Celtic cross marking the grave of High King Niall Caille.
10 kilometres north of the city is Jenkinstown and Jenkinstown Park, which is a great place to picnic with deer or enjoy a walk in the forest. You’ll also find the haunted, 14th-century Foulksrath Castle nearby. A few minutes east of there is Dunmore Cave, famous for both its magnificent calcite formations and its bloody history, where a war band of Vikings massacred 1000 people back in the 10th century.
Castlecomer, 20 minutes’ drive north of Kilkenny, is a former anthracite coal mining town that was home to Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, during the years he attended school in the area. These days, with the mines closed, Castlecomer Discovery Park now brings visitors to the town’s Wandesforde Estate and its newly built leisure park, aimed at fun for the whole family. The town also hosts an annual, New Year’s Day Wellie Race, where participants are invited to run a 5 kilometre, cross-country race wearing wellington boots.