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Convivial Kilkenny

One of my favorite things to do in towns besides exploring is trying to find the local treasures that the town has to offer. In Kilkenny, Ireland, I was not disappointed. DSCN0950

One of the first things I noticed when walking through the streets was that there was a giant castle looming over the town. I knew I had to find some way inside the castle.DSCN0919

Going around Ireland I was used to seeing castles that have fallen apart and are no longer in use, so it was fascinating that I was able to walk through the gates to notice a beautiful courtyard!

Walking through the gated entrance I expected to see royal guards with swords and archers lining the walls, but instead I didn’t see much of anyone until I walked inside to see a tour guide that said the tours were booked until a few hours. So I explored the rest of the town and waited.

Since I had a few hours I wanted to see more of the town and had to figure out where to find a map.

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Going deeper into town I discovered tight alley ways in one of the oldest parts of the town that definitely gave me the “I am in a movie” vibe. Maps can be a blessing, I am not sure if I would have been able to find the area without one!

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Although I did not go into any of these shops it was still fun to walk around!

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When I was walking through the streets I found a long alleyway that was also used by cars I had to dodge, so I decided to take a look.

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After seeing a big red door I knew that I have found something interesting, but I had another tour in the castle to make but I was definitely going to stop back here later.

After the awesome castle tour and viewing the different decorated rooms I walked through the red doors to find the old Smithwicks brewing factory! Looking down on the floor I was even able to see the old cobblestone through a glass window!DSCN0954

I have never had the beer before and they stated that the main factory had been moved to increase in size, but they still offered tours. I have to say this is still one of my favorite tours I have ever been on.

The tour guide was fun and energetic (that’s the tour guide in the red laser beam cage).

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The tour had talking artwork that gave some information about the company and the beer.

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They even had a tasting room and the end of the tour for people to rest and enjoy a drink!

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I enjoyed the town so much that I even named my cat Kilkenny!

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It was a peaceful train ride from Dublin and I did not drive in the town so it was easy to walk everywhere!

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Sláinte!

-K

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