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Kilkenny Arts FestivalKilkenny is one of Ireland's top international visitor destinations, with conservative estimates of 600,000 tourists per annum. The county is rich in history, heritage and medieval charm mixed with vibrant venues, the best in arts and entertainment, and Michelin starred restaurants. Every year the City hosts a number of internationally acclaimed festivals such as the Kilkenomics, Subtitle, Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Savour Kilkenny Food Festival and Rhythm and Roots Festival. Additionally, keep an eye out for volunteer 'Welcome Ambassadors' who will ensure you don't miss anything! 



Kilkenny has been awarded many titles at home and abroad and contiinuously strives to achieve more...




The City and County's picturesque landscape, charming towns and villages, walking trails and tours, parks and gardens including Woodstock Gardens and Castlecomer Discovery Park, and numerous outdoor activities complement an already strong visitor experience.


Kilkenny City is particularly well placed to service conference and business events, being a very attractive destination with a large number of top class hotels and venues easily accessible. Kilkenny's central location and immediate access to the motorway system brings Dublin within a 60 minute drive supported by extensive public and private transport options.


Kilkenny has long been associated with creative and artistic endeavours and has become the "Creative Heart of Ireland". Kilkenny Design Workshops were founded in 1963 by Córas Tráchtála, the Irish Export Board, in a radical move which in effect established a state-sponsored design consultancy aimed at improving the design of Irish products and thereby increase exports. The workshops were established in the former stables of Kilkenny Castle and pioneered a cross-disciplinary approach to design, with craft, graphic and industrial product designers all collaborating. That approach developed an international brand attracting designers to a centre of excellence for product and craft design. Kilkenny now has a cluster of creative industries and services for music, craft, graphic design, film, multi-media, animation and ICT development. The county is known as a hub for craft, home to the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and the National Heritage Council and has over 80 registered craft producers. 


The attraction of international arts and craft professionals to Kilkenny sowed the seeds of an exceptionally vibrant cultural community, now globally recognised as a design centre of excellence.