Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle has been standing for over eight hundred years, dominating Kilkenny City and the South East of Ireland. It is one of the most intact castes within Ireland, and hosts an elegant charm for all visitors to enjoy at their own leisure. The park and gardens are free to visit and tour, and there is a small fee to tour the castle. Self guided or guided wallking tours are provided daily.

Originally built in the 13th century by William Marshall, 4th Earl of Pembroke, as a symbol of Norman control, Kilkenny Castle came to symbolize the fortunes of the powerful Butlers of Ormonde for over six hundred years.

The exchange of culture between Ireland and other countries can be seen clearly within the walls of Kilkenny Castle, and thus divulge some unseen history about Ireland that can be further explored by the knowledgeable staff of the grounds.

In previous centuries the Castle was surrounded by parklands and enclosed by gardens with generous tree planting. This was gradually whittled away and changed over the centuries and, when the castle was first handed over to the people of Kilkenny in the 1960s, only fifteen acres of land was attached. Today, the park comprises 21 hectares of land providing a fitting setting for the castle and a splendid amenity area. This portion is freely enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.

You can learn more about the castle and grounds by visiting https://kilkennycastle.ie/.

Read what others share about their experience

  • Pauric Murphy
    a week ago
    First visit to this wonderful castle and grounds in Kilkenny, a quite enjoyable day out and lovely...
  • Mark Pitts
    2 weeks ago
    A really beautiful castle to add to your list of stops when you are exploring Ireland. For a fee,...
  • Paula
    a month ago
    Traveling from the USA to my great grandparents country. This town is so cute and the history that...
  • Kyle Johnson
    4 weeks ago
    Amazing castle to explore and learn more about the medieval times! My family took the guided tour...
  • KL0VAN
    2 months ago
    Kilkenny Castle is a great one day historic gem of Ireland that represents very well a typical...

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