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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • 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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  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

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 3 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent 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 2018 & 2019, 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 8.9

  • Security 8.6

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 8.6

  • Atmosphere 8.1

  • Cleanliness 8.3

  • Facilities 8.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    12 Mar 2020
    Basic clean room. We hired a 6 bed room for ourselves. Separate bathroom that everyone shares, clean. Walking distance to main attractions.
    USA, All Female Group, 31-40
  • 10.0


    17 Jan 2020
    I had a lovely stay here , location is perfect, staff were lovely, cosy sittenroom , would definitely recommend and would definitely return. Thanks all :)
    Ireland, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    10 Jan 2020
    Really great immersive experience and a cosy hostel
    Ireland, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    18 Dec 2019
    A clean and lovely hostel, with lovely staff. First time staying alone at a hostel but felt safe and secure. Defo worth the stay!! x
    Ireland, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    01 Dec 2019
    Great hostel, great value for money, great staff, highly recommended!
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    28 Jan 2020
    Would return! Value for money could be above a 10! Staff was welcoming and friendly. The individual rooms had an additional desk/sitting space- which is unique to other hostels I’ve stayed. It’s nice not being restricted to your bunk. Facilities were all clean and water was HOT! They could be improved, but they were functional. Kitchen area is large & living space is welcoming. If you play guitar, you’re in luck!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    06 Mar 2020
    Nice stay comfortable bed,lovely shower, the devise to clear up water in the bathroom was a good touch.The staff were very friendly and helpful.Its about a 5 min walk into town so close but not too close.
    Ireland, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6


    11 Feb 2020
    The staff was very cordial and the general atmosphere was comfortable. The location is perfect. Very near to all the mains Kilkenny's attractions. The beds are normal hostel's bed. No too comfortable no too uncomfortable. The only problem that I met was that the shower wasn't too hot (but I think I was just a little bit unlucky). It's located from 10 minues by walking.
    Switzerland, Male, 25-30
  • 8.3


    30 Jan 2020
    My stay at this hostel was very pleasant. It's a small, slightly dated but charming place in a great location for exploring beautiful Kilkenny.
    Germany, Female, 31-40
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    29 Dec 2019
    They could improve some points.
    Brazil, Male, 31-40
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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