Welcome to Kilkenny

Let me show you the city my family has called home for centuries.
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Discover the rich history and culture of Kilkenny

Hear the backstory of the marble city, with a tour that provides a nuanced understanding of the city’s past and present. Engage with a knowledgeable guide who can share anecdotes and lesser-known facts, making your travel experience more meaningful. Appreciate a mix of historical insights and local stories to fully immerse yourself in Kilkenny.

Best of Kilkenny, walking tour in English availability

Kilkenny without its people and history, is just a collection of lovely buildings. Early booking essential as each tour is limited to 15.

Our commitment

✅ If you are disappointed, you will get double your money back.

✅ You will enjoy authentic stories told by a guide born and raised in Kilkenny. 

✅ You will hear no questionable stories, as your guide is a qualified tourist guide. 

✅ You can ask questions as the groups are small. 

✅ You can choose how you want to experience Kilkenny, in a scheduled group or your own bespoke private experience.

✅ Great value at €12 per person

✅ Cancel up to an hour before the start time, just in case your plans change. 

Tourist Guide

John Britton

A little bit about me. I was born and raised here in Kilkenny, where I live with my wife, our daughter and our dog. I love everything about my home city, particularly reading about our great history. Tourist guiding allows me to combine this passion with my love of languages, and I give separate tours in French, and German.

My family has lived in Kilkenny for many years, in fact my family worked in Smithwick’s brewery for over one hundred years. My great-great-grandfather was an engine driver, my great-grandfather worked as a stoker, my grandfather was the yard foreman, and my father was a racking plant supervisor.

A professional tourist guide

I graduated with a diploma in International Hotel Management and Business Studies from Shannon College of Hotel Management. I worked in the hospitality industry for many years. My work brought me to Switzerland, France and England.

I took up a summer role at Jerpoint Park, which is where I first started to guide. The following season I worked in Kilkenny castle. In 2019, I established Ormonde Language Tours while studying for a degree in language studies. There are very few experiences in Ireland that offer their services to independent travellers in other languages, and I am making this possible.


Diploma in International Hotel Management and Business Studies from Shannon College of Hotel Management

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language Studies from the Open University

Professional Certificate in National Tourist Guiding from Kilkenny ETB


Approved Tourist Guides of Ireland

Kilkenny Tourism


English : Native

French : C1

German : B2

Irish : A2

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