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Kilkenny Ghost Walking Tour

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This one of a kind ghost tour takes you trough the medieval capital of Ireland. Kilkenny with its narrow cobbled lanes, remnants of its city walls and with its mystic charm, it should be no surprise that Kilkenny is bursting with tales of the paranormal. Its people have told stories for generations, handed down to become far more than hearsay. Kilkenny’s ghostly tales all have one very important thing in common they are all based around fact and arise from genuine historic tragedies.Since Kilkenny is the home of the first ever witch trial and witch burning it is vital that visitors fit in with the surroundings and therefore each visitor will wear a witches hat and cape to ensure their safe passage through the narrow cobbled lanes and will also carry lanterns to protect their save passage through the medieval city.
  • Learn about Kilkenny’s history by way of its ghost stories
  • Family-friendly atmosphere on this spooky walking tour 
  • Visit popular landmarks including Kilkenny Prison
  • No need for a map or GPS—follow your guide to get to know the city
What to Expect
Meet your guide upstairs in Lanigan’s Bar and Restaurant and don a witch hat and cape. Each tour is led by one of these characters: The Witch, Dr. Death, Highwayman, Priest Hunter, Monk, or Banshee. Walk the spooky streets of historic Kilkenny with your guide and learn about the curse of Sir Richard Shee along St. Mary’s Lane and visit haunted landmarks including St. Mary’s Church and graveyard. The walk continues at Kilkenny Prison, the Rothe House, and Black Abbey with its spooky stone tombs. At Kilkenny Castle, you may feel the spiritual presence of local characters including James Freney, the Irish Robin hood, or Dr. Death. The final stop is John’s Bridge, which collapsed into the River Nore in 1763. The tour ends back at the starting point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Lanigans Bar & Hostel, 29 Rose Inn St, Collegepark, Kilkenny, Ireland
Departure Time
8:00 PM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local taxes
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Kilkenny Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Black Abbey
  • Entry/Admission - St Marys Cathedral
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Tour was fantastic. Joe was very informative. Kids loved the tour, didn’t see any ghosts unfortunately!
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This more than exceeded expectations. Joe was a brilliant guide, with impressive knowledge of the interesting history and folklore of medieval Kilkenny. I learned so much about the old buildings as well as the local ghosts and spirits, the most interesting being Ireland's famous
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Had a fantastic time on this tour! Joe was so entertaining and knows a lot about Kilkenny and its history. Went with an open mind as to how it would go and ended up really enjoying it
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My fiancée and I bought tickets for a tour Sunday October 27th at 8pm. We arrived outside Lanigan’s Bar at 7:50pm and waited for 25 minutes without seeing any tour guides or other tour participants. Sent them an email back at our hotel and still waiting for a reply. Their
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We thoroughly enjoyed the explanations provided by Joe. You should expect a serious historical tour, not a gimmicky “spooky” style type of entertainment . I think for many children the explanations could be tedious and over their heads but for adults who like to hear about the
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