The Best Autumn Getaway in Kilkenny

The Best Autumn Getaway in Kilkenny

There’s something very special about Kilkenny in autumn. We love the darker, cosier evenings drawing in, crunchy leaves underfoot and the excitement for the festive season that’s just around the corner. Autumn is also a great time for a Kilkenny staycation enjoying a romantic, family or gourmet break in Irelands Ancient East. Book your stay in the best hotel in Kilkenny to enjoy the best of our gorgeous city stress-free this autumn.

Medieval Sights

Autumn in Kilkenny is a great time for sightseeing. You’re avoiding the crowds that come in spring and summer and saving yourself a trip in the freezing cold of winter.

The best galleries, museums and historic spaces are in the centre of the city along the medieval mile which includes the fascinating Medieval Mile Museum. The 13th Century church & graveyard give us an insight into life in Medieval Ireland with artefacts dating back over 800 years. It’s worth a visit for the architecture alone. Explore the rest of the Medieval Mile, enjoying the heritage buildings and architecture steeped with history.

It would be a shame to visit the city and not see the beautiful Kilkenny Castle, the jewel in our crown. With a backdrop of the River Nore, rolling green fields and trees filled with autumnal colours, it’s a perfect spot for a stroll or a picnic if the day is bright and dry – just wrap up well! Make sure to book a guided tour of the castle. It’s a stark comparison to the working-class lifestyle that many lived in medieval times. You can enjoy the library, drawing room, nursery and bedrooms decorated in 1830s splendour.

Autumn Events in Kilkenny

Time your stay to coincide with Kilkenny Day, a day to celebrate and honour the best cultural and heritage experiences that surround us. On Sunday 10th October, head into the streets and enjoy events that showcase the very best of Kilkenny. There are prizes for best dressed, musical demos and entertainment, walking tours, sketching tours, a combined bell ringing from all local churches, storytelling, delicious local food, and drink stalls & showcases, special offers in many local shops, history and heritage talks and so much more. Make sure to wear black and amber to show your support for the day and for our fantastic GAA teams. Hon the Cats!

November brings the brilliant Made in Ireland Exhibition in the National Design & Craft Gallery. Ireland has a rich heritage of talented craftspeople providing the world with some of the finest, high-quality metal, wood, and textile pieces, among others. This excellent exhibition showcases the best of Irish craft in a vibrant, inclusive event lasting the entire month of November. MADE IN IRELAND will launch at the National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny in November 2021, moving on to other venues in 2022.

Gourmet Getaway in Kilkenny

Kilkenny has some of the finest food and drink produced in Ireland. A gourmet break in Hoban Hotel Kilkenny gives you the chance to try the finest and most delicious produce, locally sourced where possible and served in stylish and comfortable surrounds.

Start your day the best way with a hearty breakfast in Hoban Hotel. Our buffet breakfast has everything you need to kick start your day. From a filling Full Irish or a light continental, or any combination of the two. Book our Hoban Escape with Breakfast to enjoy an overnight stay, full Irish breakfast in 1801 restaurant, free cancellation, free wi-fi and car parking and a complimentary drink.

If you want to enjoy a true gourmet break, book our Hoban Escape including breakfast & a three-course dinner. Our menus cater to all tastes and appetites and dishes are prepared to order by our talented team of chefs and kitchen staff. Our newly refurbished restaurant is stylish, modern, and spacious offering plenty of room for social distancing or group dinners. Finish your evening with a drink from our extensive bar menu before retiring to your comfortable bedroom for a restful night’s sleep.


Remember, our best available rates and special offers are only available when you book directly on our website. We look forward to welcoming you for an Autumn stay in Kilkenny.

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Sarah Corcoran

Sarah Corcoran

Our travel writer, Sarah, has a keen interest in travelling & writing and loves to explore the beautiful places in Ireland at every opportunity. From the most popular tourist spots to hidden gems, Sarah aims to find the best of our beautiful country so you can get the best out of your visit. Kilkenny is a second home to her and after spending many days and nights exploring the home of the Cats, she is full of recommendations from family holidays to city breaks.

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