The best walking tour in Kilkenny
“John is stellar. He is a true local historian and has done his homework. The tour was a perfect introduction to Kilkenny’s history—thorough and very interesting. John is also a lovely person who has a great manner.“
– David, March ’23
Discover more of Kilkenny with a great walking tour.
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Connect with Kilkenny on this fun two hour walking tour. Understand the importance of the must-see sites. Let me show you areas of the city that you would otherwise miss out on, not to mention our fascinating story. The tour is ideal for anyone who wants to do more than just ticking the boxes. After the tour, you will have more time to enjoy our wonderful city.
My name is John Britton, I was born and raised in Kilkenny. I hold a qualification in national tour guiding, and a degree in Language Studies.
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Why book with Ormonde Language Tours Kilkenny?
- You will have fun. The story of Kilkenny is told in a fun, and easy to understand way.
- Your guide is certified, insured, a member of the Approved Tourist Guides of Ireland, and a native of Kilkenny.
- At €12 per person, it is the best value tour in Kilkenny.
- Take the hassle out of trying to find your way around.
- Groups are limited to ten people, so you can ask more questions (private tours are available for up to 50 people).
- I go hail, rain or shine, but you can cancel with a full refund up to one hour beforehand.
- Choice of English, French or German, but each tour is only in one language.
- You will get to see more of Kilkenny, not just the medieval mile.
- 340 million years of history in two hours.
- No spammy emails before or after the tour.
- Secure online booking.
More Than a Mile of must-see sights.
Welcome to the website of Ormonde Language Tours. My name is John, and I look forward to welcoming you to the marble city. The More Than a Mile walking tour of Kilkenny, shows you more of this beautiful city. We walk through the fascinating, and historic area of St. John’s before completing the medieval mile from St. Canice’s cathedral to Kilkenny castle. The tour is led by a guide with a qualification in National Tour Guiding, and who is a member of the Approved Tourist Guides of Ireland. The cost of the tour is €12 per person, and over the course of two hours we will pass by, and talk about the following sites:
- The Hurling Statue
- County Hall
- St. John’s Priory
- The Butler Gallery
- Carnegie Library
- Great War Memorial
- Green’s Bridge
- St. Canice’s Place
- St. Canice’s Cathedral
- The Black Abbey
- Rothe House
- Smithwick’s Brewery
- Grace’s Castle
- Confederation Hall
- Kyteler’s Inn
- The Butterslip
- Medieval Mile Museum
- Shee Alms House
- Kilkenny Castle
Each tour is limited to 10 people (except private tours), so advanced booking is advised, especially between March, and September. This excellent tour is only €12 per person. I understand that plans can change, and if you book a walking tour of Kilkenny today, you can cancel without fees up to an hour before the start time.
Kilkenny is located a little more than an hour from Dublin in the sunny south-east of Ireland. It takes its name from a 6th century saint called Canice. The Normans established a castle on the banks of the Nore in the twelfth century. The town grew between the cathedral and the castle on what is today known as the medieval mile. In 1207 it was given a town charter.
The castle was bought by the James Butler, the third earl of Ormonde in 1391. The Butler family would remain in Kilkenny for six hundred years. The castle is located on the southern edge of the medieval city, which was surrounded by a wall.
Over the centuries Kilkenny has seen many historic events such as a witch trial, plagues and wars. Today though Kilkenny is a much calmer city and welcomes many tourists every year enticed by its beauty, charm and many festivals.
A certified tour guide.
My name is John Britton, I am the founder of Ormonde Language Tours. I am from Kilkenny city, where I live today. I created Ormonde Language Tours to combine my passions for history and languages.
I have a qualification in National Tour Guiding, and a degree in Language Studies. While I was studying for this degree, I started giving walking tours of Kilkenny in French and German. I am also a graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management with a diploma in International Hotel Management and Business Studies.
I have worked as a tour guide at Jerpoint Park and Kilkenny Castle. I worked in the hotel industry in Ireland, France, Switzerland and England.
knowledgeable. We learned so much from the tour. He also gave us lots of great tips on what to do
during the rest of our trip to Kilkenny.”
– Elizabeth, June 2021.
many city tours we ve been on over the years. We were not rushed and he answered the many
questions we had, it was like taking a trip with a very knowledgeable friend.”
– Catherine and John, June 2021
of knowledge about Kilkenny and presents it in a fun and interesting way.”
– Josh, June 2021