A Weekend With the Girls

Kilkenny’s reputation as a fantastic weekend destination is far-reaching. With our wonderful eateries, diverse nightspots, relationship with the arts, and warm, welcoming locals it becomes abundantly clear to see why The Marble City is a hugely popular destination all year ’round. But why opt for Kilkenny for your weekend away with the girls? Let’s take a look…


We may be known the world over as Ireland’s Medieval City, but don’t let that tag fool you. Kilkenny offers wonderfully vibrant shopping opportunities, both on the High Street and in the more compact surroundings of our two shopping centres.

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MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre is located right at the train station (so if that’s your prefered travel you can’t miss it). The centre houses around 40 retail outlets including TK Maxx, Carraig Don, Jack & Jones and River Island to name but a few. The centre even houses a fantastic ten-pin bowling alley complete with a games arcade and fun indoor activities at K-Bowl. MacDonagh’s bright and comfortable food court means that you don’t have to leave the centre at all if you wish! (Obviously, we recommend that you do)!  Penney’s, Insomnia, TK Maxx, the best things to do in Kilkenny for all the girls.

In a more central location, entered from the High Street, you’ll discover Market Cross Shopping Centre. The centre is home to outlets including Vero Moda, Monsoon, Dubray Books and Penneys. Good food is plentiful here too, with Insomnia, Kilkenny Cafe and Stefan’s Pretzels all close at hand, just follow your nose! 


Take your pick! Kilkenny is packed with fantastic, award-winning restaurants and hotels serving up stylish food. If you’d prefer something quick and easy, Kilkenny has an abundance of great gastropubs with really comprehensive menus. 

Don’t forget to venture off the beaten track! Explore the Marble City’s many slips and narrow alleyways to discover hidden gems and cuisines from around the world… What do we recommend? Everything!


Whether you’re looking for a relaxing chat over your favourite beverage, or a taste of Kilkenny’s vibrant nightlife, you’ll find it right here. Try a famous cocktail upstairs in the Left Bank or kick back at Matt the Millers

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Kilkenny is known from coast to coast for its intimate live music venues! Local and travelling performers ensure that every musical taste is catered for each and every weekend at an array of local pubs, clubs and theatres. 

Lively trad music at the Hole in the Wall or Kytler’s Inn, or something a bit heavier at Langton’s or Billy Byrne’s. 

Enjoy a tipple before enjoying a performance at one of Kilkenny’s fabulous theatres, from the grand Watergate or Langton’s Set Theatre to Cleere’s. Kilkenny has no shortage of local theatrical talent, including the famous Kilkenny Musical Society and KATS Theatre Group among others.  

Get Dirty

How about something completely different? Kilkenny Activity Centre is home to Kilkenny’s only paintball arena! Get really competitive with your closest friends and make fun memories to last a lifetime. Mega-popular with Hen Parties, the Activity Centre also offers the opportunity to tackle its renowned assault course! Don’t forget to wear old clothes! 

Plan your visit and browse the action-packed outdoor activities on offer at Kilkenny Activity Centre

Get Pampered

What girl’s weekend would be complete without some serious pampering from some of the best in the business? Especially after getting seriously grubby at the Activity Centre! To get you ready for a big night out (or to help you feel better after one!) visit Kieran O’Gorman Hair and Beauty Day Spa.

They have a huge range of hair and beauty treatments available, everything from tanning and nails to make-up and hair and all delivered in a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Their staff are friendly and accommodating and nothing is too much hassle.

There’s also the amazing Lyrath Estate for those looking to experience true luxury.

Book your group visit to Kilkenny the easy way with a fantastic, great value premium package from Kilkenny Concierge! We take great pride in showcasing the very best of what beautiful Kilkenny has to offer.

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