Shopping in Kilkenny

Aug 28, 2020

Kilkenny has always been known as a thriving market town and although the markets themselves have long since gone, you can still enjoy some excellent retail therapy here. You may be here to enjoy the historic and cultural significance of the city but make sure to leave time to explore one of the most unique shopping experiences along Irelands Ancient East. Here are some must-visit shopping areas to visit on your trip to Kilkenny.

MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre

If your idea of a perfect shopping trip includes searching for bargains and finding your favourite brand name when you go shopping, head to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, right beside the MacDonagh train station. Here you will find your favourite high street stores and brand names like H&M, Next and River Island along with some fast food places and cafes. There are over 50 top retail outlets in MacDonagh, making it one of the biggest retail outlets in the county, but you can also find a bowling centre, performance space and the excellent Kilkenny Famine Experience, ideal for lovers of local history.

Kieran Street

While Kilkenny has all of the high street favourites that you’ve come to expect from city shopping, We also have an excellent selection of high-end, boutique shopping too. Stand out from the crowd and wow your friends when you choose a very special unique piece from one of the beautiful boutiques on Kieran Street. Annabel’s, Sally West, Lorimat, Beri Boutique, Suzan Belle and Serendipity have clothing and accessories that are truly one of a kind, a lot of which is from home-grown Irish designers. The staff in the stores on Kieran Street offer each customer an extra special, personal service that’s hard to find in the bigger brand name stores.

Kilkenny Castle Market

Kilkenny has a reputation as the craft capital of Ireland, producing everything from homegrown local food produce to beautiful handmade jewellery and pottery. If you’re lucky enough to be in Kilkenny on a Thursday, the Kilkenny Castle Market opens on Thursdays between 9.30am to 2.30pm on the Parade in the shadows of Kilkenny Castle. Wander around the market stalls which are packed with handmade crafts, variety of produce including fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, honey, baked goods and much more. Pick up something delicious for tea or bring home something unique to remember your trip to Kilkenny.

Kilkenny Design Centre

Home to Ireland’s largest collection of Irish designers, the Kilkenny Design Centre is located in the grounds of KILKENNY CASTLE YARD AND THE BUILDING HAS BEEN THERE SINCE the 1780s. Here you can find many unique goods like pottery, leather goods, knitwear, custom made furniture, hand-made jewellery, glass and candles, all made and sold by Kilkenny & Irish locals. It’s an ideal place to shop for unique and one of a kind pieces to use as gifts or mementos. They also have a gorgeous restaurant on-site serving healthy and wholesome lunches throughout the day. The Kilkenny Design Centre is kindly offering guests of the Hoban Hotel a 10% discount on all goods. All you need to do is see our friendly reception team and pick up a voucher to give to staff when you are making a purchase.

Shop Kilkenny Campaign

Many shops and businesses in Kilkenny are facing financially difficult times in the wake of Covid-19. Kilkenny Chamber have launched a new ‘Shop Kilkenny’ campaign, encouraging locals and tourists to shop local wherever possible to keep local business afloat. As part of the campaign, they have also launched a gift voucher scheme. Purchase gift vouchers as presents or as a treat for yourself and spend them on local produce and products, supporting small businesses. The vouchers are available in €10, €20 or €50 denominations and are redeemable throughout the city and county in over 150 outlets.

If you’re travelling to Kilkenny for fun, fashion or a fantastic night out, Hoban Hotel has you covered. Our great value rates and comfortable accommodation mean you have more to spend on retail therapy! We offer exclusive special offers when you book directly on our official website, some of which include a meal in our newly designed restaurant. Contact us directly to book your stay in Hoban hotel and have a safe and enjoyable trip to Kilkenny.

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