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7 Coolest Airbnbs in County Kilkenny, Ireland

County Kilkenny is located in southeastern Ireland, about a 90-minute drive from Dublin. There are many reasons to visit – this is the home of spectacular Kilkenny City with its grand castle, multiple medieval monastic ruins dotted throughout the countryside, and lots of outside pubs for enjoying great craic (fun and entertainment in Ireland). The question isn’t whether to go, but where to stay – these Airbnbs are all excellent options.

Tubbrid Castle, Barna Ri Ailig bedroom at Your 15th-Century Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland Airbnb
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Tubbrid Castle, Barna

Located 20 minutes from Kilkenny City, enjoy luxurious tranquility with a stay at this unique 15th-century tower house. Tubbrid Castle was beautifully restored but it’s managed to retain many original features for an authentic castle stay. It comes complete with a roaring log fire for cozying up to on a chilly evening and a deep soaking tub, ideal after a day of exploring. A super-king four-poster bed with a goose down duvet is sure to make for a peaceful night’s rest.

Townhouse in the Heart of Kilkenny, Kilkenny City 2 Priors Orchard Townhouse in Kilkenny
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Townhouse in the Heart of Kilkenny, Kilkenny City

This charming two-bedroom period townhouse sits in the heart of Kilkenny, providing easy access to the city’s many delights. In fact, both John’s Quay and Kilkenny Castle can be reached in just one minute on foot. It dates back to 1832 and sleeps up to four, providing all the comforts of home, including a kitchen and lounge area. There’s also a small, secluded courtyard where you can enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon tea.

The Pumphouse Accommodation, Kilkenny City The Pumphouse
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The Pumphouse Accommodation, Kilkenny City

If you want to enjoy authentic pub life in Kilkenny, you can stay at one of its most popular pubs, the Pumphouse. Located in the center of it all, join in with the loyal, local crowd taking part in a lively atmosphere while enjoying a wide range of craft beers, friendly staff, and live music. Just be aware that if you hope to turn in early, the rooms are right above the pub and it can get noisy on the weekend. You’ll have your own private entrance, with each room featuring a double bed, towels and linens. The bathroom/shower room is shared with two other rooms.

The Stable, Bennettsbridge The Stable, Bennettsbridge, Kilkenny
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The Stable, Bennettsbridge

Another unique space, this Airbnb was originally a stable. Transformed into an apartment that sleeps up to two guests with one bedroom, it’s located just outside the village of Bennettsbridge in the picturesque countryside. Guests are just a short drive from Kilkenny City for taking advantage of all the attractions while golf enthusiasts enjoy easy access to a number of courses nearby like Gowran Park and Kilkenny Golf Course. Afterward, look forward to returning to a peaceful retreat with a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with a dishwasher, microwave, stove, oven, hob, toaster and kettle, along with a well-equipped gym, sauna and an outdoor area with garden furniture.

Old School House Cottage, Tullogher Old School House Cottage, Tullogher
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Old School House Cottage, Tullogher

The Old School House Cottage was converted from an 1895 village school. Beautifully restored, it sleeps up to five guests, offering lots of character and charm. While it’s located closer to Waterford (7.5 miles) than Kilkenny (18 miles), those who want to enjoy exploring both cities will be ideally situated. Afterward, come back and relax in the terraced gardens with seating areas for soaking up the magnificent panoramic views. A kitchen, TV, Wi-Fi and an indoor fireplace are all included.

Alder Cabin, Kilkenny City Alder Cabin, Kilkenny Airbnb
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Alder Cabin, Kilkenny City

Alder Cabin is ideal for those who want to be immersed in nature while being close to the city. It’s tucked among trees right beside the River Nore, just a 5-minute drive or 25-minute walk to Kilkenny City. It sleeps up to two and includes free Wi-Fi, dining area and fully-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and washer/dryer, as well as a spacious double-height living area that has a picture window for enjoying the view. Complimentary tea and breakfast items are provided too.

13 Michael Street, Kilkenny City 13 Michael Street, Kilkenny City
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13 Michael Street, Kilkenny City

For a luxury stay in the heart of the city, this self-catering three-bedroom townhouse was recently renovated and sits just a two-minute walk from Kilkenny Castle, restaurants, shops and pubs, nestled along a quiet street. It sleeps up to six and comes with everything you need, including beautiful furnishings, a fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, large dining table, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi and TV. There’s even a clawfoot tub for enjoying a hot bath.

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