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Our Workshop & Gallery

A visit to JMK Goldsmiths is a unique and memorable experience for both local and international visitors. Begin your visit at our workshop, featuring expansive glass windows that provide an uninterrupted view of our goldsmiths at work. Next, explore our fine Irish jewellery collection in our retail gallery, a showcase of contemporary Irish design and traditional goldsmithing and silversmithing techniques.

Our gallery and workshop have become a must-visit destination. Foreign tourists often drop us a line recalling a visit to JMK Goldsmiths as among their fondest memories of Ireland, promising to return on their next visit to Kilkenny!

Opening Hours

Monday: 9:15 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:15 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:15 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 9:15 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:15 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:15 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday (Jan-mid Mar): Closed
Sunday (Mar-mid Dec): 11:00am – 5:00pm

Our Location

JMK Goldsmiths’ workshop and gallery are nestled in the historic Castle Yard across the road from Kilkenny Castle.
The iconic 12th-century Kilkenny Castle Yard Complex is renowned for its spectacular crescent-shaped building, circular windows, and a copper-domed tower.

In the mid-1960s, the castle yard was the home of the Irish government initiative the Kilkenny Design Workshops (KDW). It was a hub for creative disciplines including silver and metalwork, textile weaving, textile printing, industrial design, ceramics and woodworking, the cultural centre attracted designers and makers from all across Europe.

The KDW closed in 1988 yet a number of the original makers remained, including James Mary Kelly who followed his vision to launch his own workshop and brand. In the passing years he has achieved his dream and his jewellery has become known for its unique and timeless designs throughout the world.

Today the JMK Goldsmiths space at the Kilkenny Castle Yard has evolved into a dynamic blend of a contemporary gallery and active workshop.

The Castle Yard complex today is home to the National Craft Gallery and many other handmade craft businesses.

How To Find Us

JMK Goldsmiths is located in the Castle Yard across from Kilkenny Castle in the heart of Kilkenny City.

The location is easily accessible within minutes from Kilkenny’s coach parking bays. Hourly Pay and Display Street parking is available on The Parade and Castle Road. Alternatively, all-day parking can be found a five-minute walk away at the Ormonde Street Car Park. Specific disabled parking bays are also available nearby for added convenience.