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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
  • 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 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 8.8

  • Security 8.7

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 8.7

  • Cleanliness 8.3

  • Facilities 8.0

Latest Reviews

  • 9.7


    27 Apr 2019
    Been to this hostel a second time and will definitely come back. It's a cosy place, where it's simple to meet other travelers, even if you're there for one night. The only drawback is that, if you are leaving early, you might not be able to access the kitchen (we left at 7:30 am with our rental car, before the kitchen opened). Everything else is perfect.
    Slovenia, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 9.7


    12 Apr 2019
    Helpful staff they have a yard out the back for bicycles and good value for money during a busy festival in a nearby hotel that I had gone to attend.
    Ireland, Male, 31-40
  • 9.4


    05 May 2019
    I don't have anything bad to say about this place. I really enjoyed my time at Macgabhainns. Staff were super fun and friendly and made me feel welcome, and was invited out for drinks the very night I arrived! Breakfast was reasonable, and the bedrooms and washrooms were nice and clean. Location couldn't be much better, as it's located near the city centre of Kilkenny. Thanks to everyone at Macgabhainns for a great couple of days! Greetings from Canada
    Canada, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1


    06 May 2019
    Excellent hostel . Cosy living room, well equipped kitchen, clean ,fresh room and bed and bathroom, good value, perfect location , nice old Irish house. No complaints.
    Ireland, Male, 31-40
  • 8.9


    15 May 2019
    Staff were fantasti . Compensated for the other faults. Yes I would recommend this to other people.
    Australia, Male, 41+
  • 8.9


    10 May 2019
    Nice place, some of the staff were super lovley and the rooms were good but the beds were a bit squeaky when moving around
    Sweden, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 8.6


    26 Apr 2019
    Overall I had a great stay here and met some cool people. It was quite annoying having to boil water on the stovetop though, surely an electric kettle would be a reasonable investment?
    New Zealand, Male, 25-30
  • 8.0


    15 Apr 2019
    Pretty average hostel. Good points: lovely, helpful staff, comfortable. However luggage storage just in main corridor accessed by everyone, no lockers in rooms, rooms a little small, and a bit of a walk from the bus station. Would stay again though.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 6.9


    16 May 2019
    The staff were very friendly and willing to help and offered me lots of advice about the area. The room was fine, looked a bit grubby from wear and tear but was pretty clean thb. The bed very comfy and there was lots of fluffy thick pillows which is always a plus! There was no curtain on the window, only a lace sheet which didn't offer much privacy or stopped the light from coming in. They didn't answer my email when I asked did they rent towels and I don't think they even offer that service
    Ireland, Female, 31-40
  • 6.6


    29 Apr 2019
    The staff is super nice and friendly! But the beds are left overs from the last world war. The ensuite bathroom is not more than basic. Just as the kitchen. Breakfast means, you can take some cornflakes/bread/porridge and make it yourself.
    Germany, Female, 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