Situated on the banks of the River Nore, Kilkenny city is Ireland’s most historic and compact medieval city. Dominated by an 800-year-old Norman castle, Kilkenny is a compact city with narrow and winding streets full of historic buildings, restaurants, pubs and bars. Kilkenny is also sometimes called the ‘marble city’ because of its distinctive indigenous jet black marble, which resembles a slate-coloured marble.