March is almost upon us and at Pembroke Kilkenny hotel we can’t wait! March traditionally signals the beginning of our busy spring/summer season and it’s a great excuse to celebrate all things Irish.
We’re approaching two years since the pandemic began and, as a nation, we faced into multiple lockdowns and restrictions, so we think this is the perfect time to celebrate our freedom!
Kilkenny is the ultimate spot for a trip in March – there’s so much happening across two festivals on the same weekend! Book some central, great value accommodation in Pembroke Kilkenny hotel and we’ll make sure this is a St Patrick’s Day to remember for the right reasons.
1. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Festival in Kilkenny
After two long years of missing out, everyone’s favourite Irish holiday is back with a bang. Kilkenny has always been a great place to spend St Patrick’s weekend and even more so this year with an extra Bank Holiday on 18th March making it a four-day weekend. The county comes alive with ‘craic agus ceol’ with a variety of free events, workshops, performances and the star of the show, the St Patrick’s Day Parade which has been two years in the making.
Enjoy the vintage carousel and big wheel which will be present in the city from 15th March, experience, musical and street performances from international guests and an unforgettable parade on 17th March from early afternoon. That evening, enjoy a pub hop around the many bars and pubs in the city, and a fireworks display on 18th March.
There is a real buzz around the city over the St Patricks Festival with visitors from near and far soaking up the atmosphere. There are street food vendors on every corner, and of course the usual Kilkenny attractions and shops to explore over the busy weekend. Check out the full lineup for more details about the individual events.
2. Experience Kilkenny Tradfest
The St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny takes place alongside Kilkenny Tradfest, one of the biggest celebrations of Irish music in the country. The city has invited some of the country’s finest musical talent to perform in Kilkenny from main stages to corners of our favourite pubs. There is an extensive Irish music trail in the best pubs in the city giving you a huge number of free live music sessions. You’ll hear everything from trad to folk to sing-alongs on the medieval streets as locals and visitors nip in and out to hear great music.
There is a brand-new series of concerts this year in the beautiful Medieval Mile Museum amongst other venues, and you can buy tickets on their website. The line-up includes Paul Brady; The Kilfenora Ceili Band; Iarla Ó Lionáird & Steve Cooney; Máirtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden & Séamie O’Dowd; Inni-K; Seo Linn; The Bonny Men; Kevin Burke & The Goodman Trio; Zoe Conway & John McIntyre; Pip & John Murphy; The Peter Browne Trio; Aoife Scott & Band; George Murphy & The Rising Sons and more!
3. Have a delicious Irish-inspired brunch
What you really need to make the most of the St Patrick’s long weekend is fuel for the fire. Start your day in Kilkenny with a delicious brunch in Statham’s, setting you up for a great day of craic agus ceol. We have put together a very special Irish inspired menu with plenty of brunch favourites, plus a couple of traditional Irish dishes like Irish Stew, all made with love by our team of chefs. Our very special brunch menu runs from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March and is sure to be popular so book your table soon to avoid disappointment!
4. Plan your weekend accommodation in Kilkenny
Before you plan your weekend in Kilkenny, first book accommodation that will make your weekend stand out for the right reasons. Pembroke Kilkenny hotel, one of the city’s premier four-star central hotels, is perfectly located a stone’s throw from the action. We’re walking distance from the main tourist attractions, pubs and shops – and stumbling distance home if you’ve enjoyed a couple of pints of the black stuff! We have a variety of bedroom types sleeping solos, couples and groups comfortably. Make sure to include our delicious breakfast in your stay to cure your hangover and make the most of the day ahead.
Book the Pick & Mix package to enjoy an overnight stay in one of our spacious rooms with €50 credit to spend as you wish on dining & drinks in Statham’s or spa treatments in Mint Medispa. You can also avail of an early check-in on the day of arrival, and you can sleep in with a late check-out.
Remember our best available rates and special offers are only available when you book directly with the hotel or on our website.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to Pembroke Kilkenny hotel this St Patrick’s Day & wish you a very happy celebration!
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a savvy travel and lifestyle writer for Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny, a four-star boutique hotel in Kilkenny, offering exceptional accommodation and dining experiences in Ireland’s historic marble city. When she’s not taking vibrant street photos, you can find her writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle.