Art, Crafts, Street Art

Kilkenny is home to a vibrant artistic community and is filled with galleries, craft shops and design studios featuring some of Ireland’s best known designer-makers. Throughout the city and county you will find a host of craft and design studios and workshops producing  authentic handmade goods.

Plus there’s some pretty cool Street Art to check out too.

Kilkenny Design Centre

Occupying the former coach house and stables of the Castle, the Design Centre has established Kilkenny as the creative heart of Ireland. You can watch gold and silversmith at work, browse ceramics, crafts and  textiles and shop for Irish made gifts.

You can visit the National Craft Gallery of Ireland’s exhibitions which have included textiles, glass, ceramics, jewellery, furniture, baskets, and which attract tens of thousands of visitors every year. There is also a café and a food hall showcasing local Irish food producers.

Street Art

Dame Alice Kyteler levitates on Kieran Street courtesy of Mick Minogue. His handy work can also be seen under the bridge on the Nore Valley walk out from Kilkenny to Bennestbridge.

DanLeo’s murals adorn the back walls of Mary’s Lane, and the Bula Bus in Billy Byrne’s beer garden. Plus there’s a brand new pheasant adorning the walls under the Ossory Bridge ( just off the Bennettsbridge roundabout or also accessible from the Nore Valley Walk)

The Butler Gallery

The Butler Gallery, in the basement of Kilkenny Castle, is one of the country’s most important art galleries outside Dublin. Small exhibitions featuring the work of contemporary artists are held throughout the year.


Made in Kilkenny

MADE in Kilkenny was formed in early 2009 and was set up to foster excellence in crafts in County Kilkenny. It is a network of craftspeople who make their own work using both modern and traditional techniques and features candlemakers, potters, basketmakers, jewellers, sculptures, glass blowers, milliners and furniture makers.

Some Highlights Include:

Rosemarie Durr Pottery – Rosemarie creates exquisite hand thrown stoneware which is more reminiscent of china than pottery and uses a distinctive powder blue glaze. Located in the lovely setting of Castlecomer Discovery Park which is home to other crafts people and delicious food at the Jarrah cafe.

Heike Kahle – Baurnafea Willow Works – Heike creates a large selection of traditional and contemporary willow baskets and teaches basket making skills at day courses and evening classes. Her baskets are unusual, beautiful, strong and functional.

Nicholas Mosse pottery – In the picturesque surrounds of Bennettsbridge and just a 10 min drive from the city this pottery has an international reputation. You can browse all the latest designs plus rummage through the seconds section to find yourself a bit of a bargain.


Pick up a trail Kilkenny craft trail brochure to use as a guide and a map for visiting  these craft shops in Kilkenny city and countryside.




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