Kilkenny Design Centre
Kilkenny Design Centre is part of Kilkenny’s Castle Yard, built in the 1780s by the Butlers, Earls of Ormonde, as the coach houses and stables of historic Kilkenny Castle.
The Castle Yard is also home to the National Craft Gallery, one of Ireland’s most exciting artistic venues. Nearby is Butler House and Gardens, a unique guesthouse that was once the Butlers’ Dowager House.
The historically significant Kilkenny Design Workshops were also established in the Castle Yard in the 1960s. Staffed by bright, young international designers, craftspeople, design graduates and apprentices, the workshops’ remit was to improve design and manufacturing standards in Ireland, which they achieved though their creative output right up until closure in 1988. Now it is home to a stunning store of Irish designers, café and restaurant.
Kilkenny’s newest shopping centre is located just a 5 minute walk from Rosquil House and features High Street stores such as H&M, River Island, TK Maxx as well as Dunnes. It also boasts a large Foodcourt where you can grab a bite to eat or catch up for a coffee.
Butterslip opened in 2005, full of colourful ideas and wild notions and is a treasure trove of colourful gifts and toys. It is the perfect place to snap up a unique gift or quirky décor for your home or special event.
Rudolf Heltzel Gold & Silversmith
An icon of Irish craft and design Rudolf Heltzel is one of the finest designers worldwide. Over the past six decades Rudolf Heltzel has gained an international reputation for the originality and quality of his work, each piece having a timeless aesthetic, crafted meticulously by hand using some of the world’s oldest jewellery techniques. His timeless designs and impeccable workmanship have won him international acclaim. Even just to stop by and look in their shop window it a real treat!
Folkster is the friendly shopping destination for fashion loving folks – owned by Irish stylist Blanaid Hennessy, and filled with the friendliest team of stylists! With celebrity fans such as Angela Scanlon, Amy Huberman, Vogue Williams, Sinead Kennedy, Binky Felstead and a seriously talented crew. You are bound to find something unique to wear to your next special event.
Nicholas Mosse Pottery
If you don’t own a piece of Nicholas Mosse pottery then your home is not complete! Steeped in history, Nick and Susan purchased the Mosse family mill and lovingly restored its hydro electrical power to fire the pottery. Despite it burning to the ground in 1985, Susan and Nick determinedly restored it to its former glory and it continues to be the hub and engine of Nicolas Mosse pottery. Today, you can visit the mill and witness the pottery making in process, shop the full collection and there is also a café on site for a bite to eat.
Since 1979 the master craftsmen at Jerpoint Glass Studio have created beautiful Irish handmade glass for your home. Drawing on 2000 years of glass blowing tradition, the skilled craftsmen individually create each piece in the Jerpoint collection. Jerpoint Glass will enhance any space plus make a thoughtful and welcomed gift for someone special.