Kilkenny audio tour: Stories of Kilkenny: Ghosts, Witches and Merchant Families in the Medieval City

Stories of Kilkenny: Ghosts, Witches and Merchant Families in the Medieval City

Walking Tour

20 mins

About the Tour

If you're curious about ghost stories, witches and medieval history, this walking tour of Kilkenny is certain to captivate you. I’ll show you some of the city’s famous historical landmarks, where its 800-year-old medieval wonderland comes to life. Along the way, you’ll discover how Kilkenny got its name, some of the city’s famous rhymes, and how it became the medieval capital of Ireland.

On this tour, you’ll hear about Kilkenny's famous witch, Dame Alice Kyteler, who killed her four husbands, the burning of Petronella, the Ghosts of John's Bridge, and the Ghost of Richard Shee. I’ll show you the only fully restored 16th century merchant’s house in Ireland, and the Old Jail and Courthouse too. We’ll visit the oldest church in Ireland that’s still in use, and I’ll share the tales of the missing monks, the famous Round Tower, and a bit about the impact Oliver Cromwell and his soldiers had on Kilkenny.

The tour highlights include:

• Kyteler's Inn, the witch’s house
• The burning of the witch’s maid
• Shee Alms House and its mystery water leak
• The Hole in the Wall rhyme

I was born in Kilkenny and have guided tourists through my city and its hidden corners for the past 40 years. I know how important it is for visitors to have a local guide, and I want to share my passion for Kilkenny's past with you.

Tour Producer


Pat Tynan

If this is your first time to visit Kilkenny of if you are a local curious about Kilkenny's Medieval past, Pat Tynan tour is a must for you. THis tour will give you a real Kilkenny experience. Allow yourself time for this tour because KIlkenny is known for its famous pubs, Cafes and restaurants where you can a local craft beer on route!!

Major Landmarks

  • John's Bridge

  • Kyteler Inn

  • Petronella

  • Shee Alms House

  • The Old City Jail

Directions to Starting Point

Please go to John's Bridge

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Places to stop along the way

Kyteler's Inn, Black Abbey, Marble City Tea Rooms, The Gourmet Store, Cleere's Pub, Langtons Pub, Round Tower, Kilkenny Design Centre, and Kilkenny Castle.

Best time of day

Morning and afternoon


Very safe city.


Fantastic Voice Tour delivered by a master craftsman. I have taken tours all over the world and without a doubt Mr. Pat Tynan is in a league of his own. His love of his city is infectious.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

Very interesting tour. Learned a lot about Kilkenny. Great way to tour Kilkenny during lockdown. Excellent job

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

Very interesting and well guided tour

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago
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Stories of Kilkenny: Ghosts, Witches and Merchant Families in the Medieval City