The medieval city that is Kilkenny possesses
a rich heritage, most obvious in its many historical buildings
and landmarks, in particular the renowned Kilkenny Castle which
was initially built by the Normans when they arrived in the 12th
century. Initially established as a monastic settlement in the
6th century, it then developed as centre of trade and commerce
in Norman times.
In more recent times however Kilkenny has forged a reputation
as centre of design, creativity and culture through the establishment
of Kilkenny Design and the successful introduction of a number
of international festivals.