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The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny

3-starThis property does not have a Ireland Tourist Board rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our rating system.
4 Friary StreetKilkennyCounty KilkennyIreland

3-star guesthouse in Kilkenny City Centre with restaurant
  • Free full breakfast and free WiFi
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  • Great location and good food. Enjoyed our stay. Delicious breakfast was includedJul 23, 2018
  • The Rafters Dempsey is the perfect location for a true pub experience in Kilkenny.…Jul 15, 2018
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The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny

from $91
  • Room, 1 Double or 2 Single Beds
  • Family Room
  • Double or Twin Room
  • Family Room

What’s around The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny


  • In Kilkenny City Centre
  • Tholsel - 2 min walk
  • Shee Alms House - 2 min walk
  • National Craft Gallery - 4 min walk
  • Kilkenny Castle - 4 min walk
  • Butler House - 5 min walk
  • Rothe House - 5 min walk
  • Grace's Courthouse - 5 min walk

Getting around

  • Dublin (DUB) - 90 min drive
  • Kilkenny Station - 12 min walk
  • Thomastown Station - 24 min drive
  • Muine Bheag Station - 27 min drive
  • Onsite parking not available

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • 16 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-11 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
There is no front desk at this property. If you are planning to arrive after 11 PM please contact the property at least 72 hours in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Free full breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Billiards or pool table
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Television in common areas

In the room

Home comforts
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


Onsite venue - This pub specializes in Irish cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open daily.

The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny’s small print

Also known as

  • Rafter Dempsey's
  • Rafter Dempsey's Inn
  • Rafter Dempsey's Inn Kilkenny
  • Rafter Dempsey's Kilkenny
  • Rafter Dempsey's House Kilkenny
  • Rafter Dempsey's House
  • The Rafter Dempsey's Guesthouse


Guests must contact this hotel in advance to reserve a crib (infant bed). Contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Recent reviews

Good 7.2 From 55 reviews

The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny
Great pub, not so great lodging
Excellent location, good pub, fine food, but I would not stay here again. The WiFi was non functional in the lodging area, the beds were uncomfortable, and the area remains noisy. I’d eat and drink in the pub again for sure, but staying here is for those who wish to stay up late. It IS centrally located and allows you to easily access all of Kilkenny’s attractions.
A Traveler, us2 night trip
The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny
Very Good8.0
A mid-town apartment....
Don’t pass out whenever you see the looks like a small hallway, that you must climb. It’s a pleasant surprise. Located down a side street in mid-town Kilkenny, our apartment was comfortable for 4 (3 beds), was clean, and was fine. The apartment does sit on top of a bustling bar-that retired early nightly. The gem of this property is the outdoor garden on the third and family friendly. The breakfast is included and is cooked to order by the owners-and the service is exceptional!
joseph, us1 night trip
The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny
The room is located above a bar which is fine if you want to stay up all night. I knew this when I booked it but I was under the impression the band would end at 12am but they played until 2 or 3am directly below us. Luckily we were all exhausted from a long plane ride and slept right through it. I am not complaining I just want to put it out there so if you book here you are well prepared for what you are getting into. The room was a little stuffy so we opened a window but there was a lot of noise from the street. There is an outdoor smoking area next to the rooms so a bit of an odor but it didn't bother me. We got woken up in the middle of the night because our neighbor was fighting with his friend but that's not the hotels fault. The gentleman that works the bar was incredibly friendly and helpful.
Christy, us1 night trip with friends
The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny
The Rafter Dempsey's was a great hotel. The staff was awesome and the location was great! The hotel is very old and dated, but we expected that. If the beds were updated, it would be a great improvement.
A Traveler, us1 night trip with friends
The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny
Nice location, be careful with room selection.
The bar and staff were great. But the k the room you get before you book. We ended up with a room with 2 single beds in a room the size of a closet. There were no Windows, but there was a skylight which was almost open enough to light the room. Location was excellent and the staff great. Just make sure you know what you are getting. A closet for 145 US was way too much, wish I didn't prepay.
Sean, us1 night romance trip

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The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny

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