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Rafter'S Gastropub

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Double or Twin Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Double or Twin Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Family Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Double or Twin Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi

Overview of Rafter'S Gastropub

Rafter'S Gastropub

3.0 star property
3-star guesthouse with restaurant, near Kilkenny Castle

7.6/10 Good

122 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry facilities
4 Friary Street, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, R95 VY62
Main amenities
  • Barbecue grills
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Free newspapers in the lobby
  • Front desk safe
  • Garden
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Room service
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Terrace
Feel at home
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Garden
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Terrace

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Kilkenny City Centre
  • Kilkenny Castle - 5 min drive

Getting around

  • Dublin Airport (DUB) - 85 min drive
  • Kilkenny Station - 12 min walk
  • Muine Bheag Station - 20 min drive
  • Thomastown Station - 28 min drive


  • Left Bank - 2 min walk
  • Lanigans Bar - 2 min walk
  • Paris Texas Bar & Restaurant - 1 min walk
  • The Field - 2 min walk
  • Harkin Syd - 2 min walk

About this property

Rafter'S Gastropub

Take in the views from the rooftop terrace when you stay at Rafter'S Gastropub. You can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge, and the restaurant is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat. Other features include a snack bar/deli, a terrace and a garden. Fellow travellers say good things about the family-friendly amenities and breakfast.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks available
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 16 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until 11:30 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11:30 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • There is no front desk at this property
  • The host will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No on-site parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • BBQs
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Room service
  • Snack bar/deli

What to do

  • Pool table


  • Free newspapers in reception
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Garden
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Television in common areas


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television

Home comfort

  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Free cot/infant bed

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


On-site venue – This pub specialises in Irish cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Fees & policies

Children & extra beds

  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guest room doors are sealed after cleaning.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast.


<p>This property does not have lifts.</p><p>This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.</p>

Also known as

Rafter Dempsey's House Kilkenny
Rafter Dempsey's House
Rafter Dempsey's Kilkenny
Rafter Dempsey's
The Rafter Dempsey's Guesthouse
Rafter Dempsey's Guesthouse Kilkenny
Rafter Dempsey's Guesthouse
The Rafter Dempsey's
RAFTER'S GASTROPUB Guesthouse Kilkenny

Frequently asked questions

Does Rafter'S Gastropub offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Rafter'S Gastropub does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Rafter'S Gastropub?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Rafter'S Gastropub?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Rafter'S Gastropub?
Sorry, there's no on-site parking at Rafter'S Gastropub.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Rafter'S Gastropub?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - 11:30 PM. Check-out time is 11:30 AM. Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Rafter'S Gastropub and nearby?
Rafter'S Gastropub has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Rafter'S Gastropub?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant that offers Irish cuisine.
What's the area around Rafter'S Gastropub like?
Rafter'S Gastropub is a short 5-minute walk from Kilkenny Castle and 5 minutes' walk from Rothe House.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Rafter’s is a lovely little pub and B&B. We were only there for one night, but it served our needs perfectly. Checkin was a breeze and we were able to grab a few pints once our luggage was sorted. The room was bright and clean. And the included breakfast in the morning was the perfect way to start our day. The only issue was the hunt to locate the electrical outlets. Impossible to find without help from James at the bar, who it should be noted was a wonderful help.
Christine, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Deborah, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Shelby, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Delightful first night in Ireland. Base of operation is in the pub - you pick up your room key there from owner. No arduous check-in process. We had wonderful lunch before heading out to explore Kilkenny. Gerry the innkeeper walked us up to our room. Accommodations pleasant - fresh - but room abutting street may bother some guests. Delicious breakfast on morning of check out. Again, this was one of the more charming places - go in with eyes open - town robust for young adults so know it may not be the most sound night. But worth it!
Allison, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great spot to view Kilkenny.
Sean, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Steven, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Loved my stay here! Friendly staff, walkable location. Lived up to my standards of "cheap and cheerful." No frills, but cozy and safe! Only "complaint" is that my room was overlooking the bar's patio, so it was mildly noisy. But that's part in parcel with pub accommodation. Just worth mentioning if you are looking for a quiet spot.
Erin, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Great staff and nice breakfast.
James, 2-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

It was very central young staff were exceptional and couldn’t do enough.Could of done with tea/coffee making facilities in room rather than down in bar where you had to pay.Thoroughly enjoyed the terraced area .all round brilliant
Deborah, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Naomi, 1-night trip
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