Ireland's Medieval Capital

Trip Start Apr 06, 2011
Trip End May 05, 2011

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Kilkenny Castle
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Kilkenny Design Centre
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Smithwicks Brewery Kilkenny
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Ireland  , County Kilkenny,
Saturday, April 9, 2011

We arrived Holyhead (UK) around 1am, went through a simple immigration check and board the ferry. The ferry is like Star Cruise, there`re café, slot machines, theater etc. Arrived Dublin around 6am, took the same bus to Busaras Station (the bus will board the ferry along with the passengers).

Waited 2 hours to catch the bus to Kilkenny (€13, 2hr) to discover the origins of the Kilkenny beer. We stayed in Kilkenny Tourist Hostel on Parliament Street. Room is ok with excellent
location, just a few steps away from the Smithwick`s Brewery.

Tip: For accommodation, stay near High St or Parliament St, everywhere is within walking distance.

Smithwick`s is the grandfather of Kilkenny beer whereby Kilkenny`s label is own by Smithwick`s. Kilkenny is the export version of Smithwick`s with a slight difference in the ingredient. The tour is value for money as you get to visit the factory and get to taste the perfect pint with a collapsible top at the end of the tour.

Personally I think both Kilkenny and Smithwick`s are almost the same, except that Smithwick`s is more sparkling (maybe because its freshly brewed). Kilkenny town is very medieval. There`s not many tourist attractions. We visited the Kilkenny Castle, went to a few pubs to taste their local beer and noticed that Irish started drinking after lunch and they get drunk before sun down.

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