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7 Tips for Living in Kilkenny

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Kilkenny or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Kilkenny or thinking about moving there.

Living as an expat or digital nomad in Kilkenny, can be an exciting and enriching experience. This medieval city, known for its beautiful castles, vibrant arts scene, and friendly locals, offers a unique blend of history, culture, and modern amenities. Here are seven key tips to help you make the most of your time in Kilkenny.

1. Explore the City's Rich History

Kilkenny is steeped in history, with its roots dating back to the 6th century. The city's medieval architecture is a testament to its past, and exploring these historical sites is a must. Visit the iconic Kilkenny Castle, a symbol of Norman occupation, and the St. Canice's Cathedral, one of the city's oldest standing structures. Rothe House, a 17th-century merchant's townhouse, is another must-see. These sites offer a glimpse into the city's rich history and are sure to leave you in awe.

2. Immerse Yourself in the Local Culture

Irish culture is vibrant and welcoming, and Kilkenny is no exception. Attend local events and festivals, such as the Kilkenny Arts Festival, to experience the city's lively arts scene. Visit the local pubs, where you can enjoy traditional Irish music and dance. The locals are friendly and welcoming, so don't hesitate to strike up a conversation. You'll find that immersing yourself in the local culture will enrich your experience and help you feel more at home.

3. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Irish cuisine is hearty and delicious, and Kilkenny offers a variety of dining options. For a taste of traditional Irish fare, visit Langton's, a popular local restaurant known for its Irish stew and seafood chowder. For a more upscale dining experience, try Ristorante Rinuccini, an award-winning Italian restaurant located in the heart of the city. And don't forget to try a pint of Kilkenny's famous Smithwick's Ale at one of the local pubs.

4. Get to Know the Neighborhoods

Kilkenny is made up of several neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. The Medieval Mile, as its name suggests, is home to many of the city's historical sites. It's a great area for those interested in history and architecture. The city centre, with its bustling shops and restaurants, is perfect for those who love the hustle and bustle. Meanwhile, the quieter residential areas, such as the Western Environs, offer a peaceful retreat from the city's busy centre.

5. Take Advantage of the Great Outdoors

Ireland is known for its stunning natural beauty, and Kilkenny is no exception. The city is home to several beautiful parks, such as the Castle Park, which offers stunning views of Kilkenny Castle. The Nore Valley Walk, a scenic trail that follows the River Nore, is a must for nature lovers. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, or simply taking a leisurely stroll, Kilkenny's outdoor spaces offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.

6. Stay Connected

As a digital nomad, staying connected is crucial. Fortunately, Kilkenny offers reliable internet access, with many cafes and public spaces offering free Wi-Fi. The city also has several coworking spaces, such as The Pembroke Hotel, which offer a quiet place to work and network with other digital nomads. Staying connected will not only allow you to work efficiently, but also help you stay in touch with family and friends back home.

7. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new city is to get involved in the community. Volunteering is a great way to meet locals and contribute to the community. Research local groups and organizations that align with your interests and consider offering your time and skills. Not only will this enrich your experience, but it will also help you build a network of friends and contacts in the city.

Living in Kilkenny, Ireland, as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding experience. By exploring the city's history, immersing yourself in the local culture, enjoying the local cuisine, getting to know the neighborhoods, taking advantage of the great outdoors, staying connected, and getting involved in the community, you can make the most of your time in this beautiful city.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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