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Kilkenny Design Centre

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I always love to see (and sometimes buy) locally made products and this shop is full of Irish items. The only reason that I haven't given it 5 stars is that I didn't find anything... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2016
Ann T
Melbourne, Australia
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Nuremberg, Germany
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's hard to see these shops as stables because the interiors are so nice. These shops aren't full of cheap souvenirs. This is where you go when you want beautiful pottery, scarves, blankets. They use the horizon card, so if you are a non-EU resident, they put the tax information on a card that you swipe at the airport when... More 

Thank 319lynnec
Lulea, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

This is easily found next to the Castle and is worth spending time to go through. The artworks and handcrafts are unique, pleasing and well priced. It also features a Kitch restaurant which I chose for lunch. The food is always well prepared and well priced. The staff was helpful and friendly.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

I always love to see (and sometimes buy) locally made products and this shop is full of Irish items. The only reason that I haven't given it 5 stars is that I didn't find anything that I particularly wanted to buy.

Thank Ann T
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We had breakfast here as part of our booking with the Butler house. Very nice, great food and staff.

Thank Jamie H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

My most favourite place to relax while dining out in Kilkenny. This is my third time dining at Anocht which is located in the upstairs of Kilkenny Design Centre and again it has surpassed expectation. The food is absolutely amazing quality for their early bird option - 3 courses for €28, the wine (who can fault it) and the staff... More 

Thank Moira O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

We had shopped here in 2000, and liked it so much that we sought it out for this trip. We took a tour from Dublin that included Kilkenny. They have such a great array of products, all good quality. Also, they have nice restrooms above the store, which was a welcome find. There is a Kilkenny store in Dublin, but... More 

Thank SusanMarie3
Sligo, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Had a sandwich which was very tasty. Price for same with 1 tea and a coffee was almost €12. There is a great choice of wholesome food to cater for all.

Thank Brendan J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

The seafood chowder was creamy and full of seafood (very few potatoes/carrots) and absolutely superb, as was the brown bread and dessert with an extra scoop of fresh whipped cream. My friend had the vegetable soup that she raved about as well as the bread and dessert. Cappuccino was also excellent.

Thank Susan F
Henfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

This store / design centre has an iconic name for stocking Irish produced clothes / goods etc and is situated opposite the castle. A good selection of products although I was surprised to see a lot of Barbour clothes for sale being an iconic English clothes manufacturer. Prices vary from reasonable to very expensive however we managed to buy a... More 

Thank ian239
Hamilton, New Jersey
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149 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

It's great to have a shop where sure what you're buying is made in that country! They have all different price points, from inexpensive to fairly costly. I ended up buying some tea towels and Connemara marble. Very friendly and helpful salespeople also.

Thank Nancy J

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