Medieval Kilkenny is located in the southeast of Ireland, an inland position that keeps it dryer than the western cities. Winter is also the wettest time, but it can rain any time in Kilkenny.
The attractions here are many: the majestic castle, the cobbled lanes, the flourishing crafts industry and the many festivals make up just a part of what a tourist comes to experience in a city just 90 minutes south of Dublin.
June through August is the best time to visit for folks who like it warm and for folks who like to party; some of Ireland's best festivals take place in Kilkenny between May and August. You'll never swelter in summer; the highest recorded temperature in Kilkenny is 33.3 degrees Celsius recorded in 1887.
Be prepared for a little rain but a surprising amount of sunshine, and enjoy your time there.
The climate charts below show the historic high and low temperatures and average monthly rainfall for Kilkenny, Ireland.
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