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“Be sure to stop here” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kilkenny Design Centre

Kilkenny Design Centre
Castle Yard, Kilkenny, Ireland
353-56-22118
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Ranked #2 of 10 Shopping in Kilkenny
Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
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Austin, Texas
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“Be sure to stop here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

If you're touring around Ireland, save your souvenir shopping for the Kilkenny Design Centre. Everything here is quality and made in Ireland, and it's a huge place. They stock items in a variety of sizes and prices to fit your luggage and pocketbook. AND it's located just across the road from Kilkenny Castle, so you'll be in the neighborhood anyway.

Americans and other non-EU citizens get a tax-free shopping card (to redeem at the airport) without fuss or hassle. Don't miss it!

Visited August 2012
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Columbus, Georgia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Small but worth the effort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

This is sort of a cooperative involving several artists, including glass workers laid off from Waterford Crystal. We bought a number of beautiful pieces. There are demonstrations available at time.

Visited August 2012
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Antrim, United Kingdom
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“culture and ambience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

beautiful house and gardens - perfect to soak up peace and quiet in the city. exhibitions were top class. and it is free!

Visited June 2012
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Princeton, New Jersey
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“Expensive shopping next to Kilkenny Castle”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Kilkenny Castle Design Center is located directly across from Kilkenny Castle in the Castle's old stables. The shops contain expensive items for sale, some of which appeared to be from Ireland. Nothing I saw was overly "Irish." The shops did have good prices on Barbour jackets. The shops will also take the VAT refund off your purchase there. The desserts at the Kilkenny Design Center restaurant looked beautiful, and the blueberry cupcakes are delicious. Recommended only if you have some extra time to kill after seeing the castle. Missable otherwise.

Visited May 2012
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Tourist Trap”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

As other reviewers have said, the prices seem even higher than in other such places. That might be in order if the selection was full of things that were both unique AND stunning. Here the stuff is just a little different and a lot more expensive. My wife, who is a passionate shopper, was done in well under 30 minutes, and came out empty-handed.

Visited May 2012
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