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  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
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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
  • Superb 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 8.6

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 9.1

  • Atmosphere 8.4

  • Cleanliness 7.8

  • Facilities 7.8

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    10 Sep 2019
    Lovely stay! Ray and the staff are lovely. Cute hostel, good location and great kitchen
    USA, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 10.0


    03 Sep 2019
    Very friendly hostel close to the centre, clean and cozy, bathroom by the bedroom, awesome kitchen with dishwasher, simple breakfast.
    Czech Republic, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    26 Aug 2019
    The owner & staff were the best part. Super friendly & helpful. It was like we were invited guests in their home. Kilkenny was our favourite place in Ireland. No complaints.
    Canada, Couple, 41+
  • 10.0


    19 Aug 2019
    Fanatic place for our stay in Kilkenny. Located is prefect with the hostel only a very short walk into the city centre. The staff was very friendly and accommodating and were happy to help with any questions or requests that we had. They took a lot of pride in keeping the place clean and ensuring that all guests felt welcome and were having a good time. Beds are comfortable and bathrooms were in great condition. I would definitely stay at MacGabhainns again next time.
    Australia, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    15 Aug 2019
    Perfect place for my quick travel and rush around tour of the town. Friendly and helpful.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    21 Jul 2019
    Very happy with this hostel. Small and friendly and literally walking distance to all the sights of Kilkenny. Very happy to have stayed there!
    Australia, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    29 Jul 2019
    Great location just off the city center. The staff were friendly and helpful. It was smaller than my last hostel, but in a way that was cozy rather than cramped. The room was blessedly dark and quiet so it was easy to sleep. I'm still dreaming of the day when a free hostel breakfast always includes hard-boiled eggs, but the standard cereal, milk and toast was available. I'd easily stay again.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    12 Aug 2019
    Nice hostel.
    Ireland, Female, 31-40
  • 8.0


    09 Sep 2019
    A good hostel 5 minute walk from Central Kilkenny.... Tecommended
    Ireland, Male, 41+
  • 6.6


    10 Sep 2019
    Got a private room with a friend and it was comfortable, the staff were friendly, and the location was a quick walk to the main drag. Be prepared that you will need to bring your own towel or rent one, and the shower is frustrating as it’s a push button and only lasts less than a minute. For those who are driving parking can be tricky.
    Canada, All Female Group, 25-30
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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