This south-eastern Irish town has a quintessential aura from its cobbled walkways to its castles and cathedrals, a picturesque river framed by bright flowers and rainbow-hued shops lining the streets. You can’t help but feel like you’ve stepped into the storybooks of your childhood! Even the boutiques are adorable: check out Kilkenny Crafts or Butterslip boutique for one-of-a-kind, quirky gifts. Take a ride on the Kilkenny Road Train, which will take you from Kilkenny Castle to medieval sites around the town.. Kilkenny is also known as a festive location throughout the year, and with good reason. The town never runs out of reasons to celebrate with festivities involving food, arts, music, books and even economics (now that’s something we’d definitely look forward to!).