We’d really had it with the hotel here in Enniskerry, especially after a disappointing supper last night followed by late night entertainment from the people running up and down the corridors, slamming doors. So we were there bright and early for breakfast and a swift departure. No point in hanging around.
We were soon on the road to Kilkenny, then.
It wasn’t the brightest of mornings but the town was waking up by the time we arrived and outside the castle, the traffic bollards were decorated in an interesting fashion which provoked us to get our cameras out and start snapping!
The castle itself was an absolute gem. From the outside it appears dour and rather forbidding, but inside, the recent restorations have resulted in a colourful and lavishly decorated interior of just the right size. No photographs allowed and from a quick peruse of the website it appears there are none to be found there either. So, let me just say that each room was a delight and the picture gallery the highlight of our morning with a wonderful painted ceiling (rather like that of Windsor Castle). What’s more, it was another venue which accepted our English Heritage membership.
We mooched around the town centre for a while afterwards, eyeing those darkening clouds and hoping we’d stay dry. We’ve really enjoyed exploring some of these Irish towns with their rich selection of local, individual shops and characteristic atmosphere.
Kilkenny has quite a few narrow passages such as this one, the Butter Slip.
We couldn’t leave without visiting the cathedral though. St Mary’s stands to the edge of the town centre and a steady stream of visitors was passing through the doors.
Inside, a plain and simple structure was the perfect foil for the richly adorned altar. Only later did we learn that the overall design had been inspired by Gloucester Cathedral. Fascinating.
We managed to stay dry, though as we drove out on our way to Dublin, the sky didn’t look so promising. Our plans for an afternoon out might have been compromised as the rain came in, but we were so pleased we’d decided to change our plans and head back to the city.
Happier still then, when arriving at the hotel we were greeted by the charming concierge team who welcomed us back like long lost family. “Hey, we didn’t think we’d see you again!” Well, neither did we of course, but it sure felt good to be back.