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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 3 weeks prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

Thank you for booking with us.
As per our booking policy on large group
bookings (over 6 people) we require a 20% deposit paid within 72hrs of the booking
been made.
Otherwise your booking will be cancelled. To receive a refund on your deposit we have a 14day booking cancellation policy Can you please confirm and we will send you our
bank details to facilitate a bank transfer.

Additional Terms and Conditions

Noice damage refundable deposit €20 per person

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Macgabhainns Backpackers Kilkenny

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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Property Description

Award winning Hostel, In the heart of Kilkenny City Centre

Macgabhainns Backpackers Hostel is a small hostel located in the heart of the city centre, just ten minutes' walk from Kilkenny Castle, close to the railway and bus station.

Limited Free on street parking is available at the hostel or alternatively there is parking available at a costs of €2 per day.
Parking charges are payable from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and outside these times parking is free.

We offer a comfortable and friendly atmosphere for weary travellers.

We have lots of free facilities, such as free breakfast, parking, security lockers, internet access, Wi-Fi and even a free map of the city! Breakfast includes porridge, corn flakes, toast and tea or coffee; you can also have as much free tea and coffee as you want, all day long. We even wash your dishes for you!

There's a cool barbecue area in our garden. We're also located near pubs with traditional Irish music and some fine restaurants that are quite inexpensive.

We were voted the best hostel in Kilkenny in 2017 & 2018, and one of the top hostels in Ireland. We were approved by the Irish Tourism Board in 2019 and are recommended by Lonely Planet, Routards and Let's Go.

Check-in: 14.00 / 21.00 if outside these hours please call the hostel direct. We have a 48hr cancellation policy.
All credit cards accepted.
For groups of six or more people, we require a 100 Euro noise deposit upon arrival.
On street parking available.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.5

  • Security 8.5

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.1

  • Cleanliness 7.7

  • Facilities 7.9

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    14 Nov 2019
    Really great hostel in a good location. The staff we really friendly and helpful.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    15 Oct 2019
    Very nice hostel to stay many days, it is almost in the heart of the wonderful city but in quiet place at the same time. Staff are so good, amazing people and u can enjoy lovely atmosphere with typical and adorable Irish feelings (locals, music, decoration...). This is an authentic, clean & comfortable home with also authentic, so interesting, funny and friendly travelers. If u are looking for these values here is your paradise, but please, don't say it to anyone to doesn't lose it's great soul.
    Spain, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    08 Oct 2019
    Great hostel great value for money. Awesome staff hallows in every way possible. Loved it here would definitely recommend to any travellers.
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    04 Oct 2019
    I had a great stay here and some hilarious chats with Luka at the desk. Met some nice peeps who are touring Ireland. Nice folks, nice town.
    Ireland, Male, 41+
  • 9.4


    11 Oct 2019
    A great fun hostel with good shared space. Our sleep was undisturbed despite the hostel being almost full. Excellent location and we managed to park just up the road as we were only there overnight. If definitely recommend it as a place to stop and for meeting other friendly travellers.
    England, Couple, 41+
  • 9.1


    05 Nov 2019
    Not the nicest facility, but it is the way a youth hostel should be. Very nice feel. The city lives a slow pace in the winter so if you want more than just some toast for breakfast ( not even sure there is jam), you will have to wait after 8 am to find something open to buy scones!.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 8.3


    12 Oct 2019
    Good location. Very comfortable beds.
    Spain, Female, 25-30
  • 6.6


    17 Oct 2019
    The hostel is great, however I was staying in an all girls room for 2 nights. Bad surprise my PJ that I left on the bed so ppl would know this bed is taken for the next night was thrown on the floor when I came back late and my towel which was drying on the side of the bed was missing. Left too early to speak about it with roommates or staff as I had a train to catch but very unpleasant experience! Overall good value for money, location is great and facilities were clean.
    France, Female, 25-30
  • 6.6


    29 Sep 2019
    About 10 minute walk to center of High Street; comfy dorm bed; kitchen opens after 8 a.m. so can be inconvenient if leaving early. Communal sitting area/tv room needs thorough cleaning. Staff very pleasant. Hard to find: Vicar Street is behind Applegreen/Spar store which is to right side of steps up to Cathedral Church of St. Canice/Round Tower.
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 6.0


    18 Oct 2019
    Staff person was incredibly rude and unwelcoming. I didn't feel at home here AT ALL and I would definitely NOT stay here again.
    USA, Female, 41+
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi