Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny

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Preserving more than eight centuries of history within its walls, Kilkenny Castle rises over the Nore River and marks an intersection of several major medieval routes. Although the castle underwent a series of modifications over the ages, it contains three of its original four stone towers, built in 1192 by a Norman invader known to history as "Strongbow." Once a symbol of Norman occupation and a key part of the region's defenses, the castle now attracts thousands of visitors with its extensive gardens and basement art gallery. Also in the basement, the castle kitchen houses a popular tearoom, complete with a Victorian cooking range and rows of pots and plates. To visit Kilkenny Castle on your trip to Kilkenny, use our Kilkenny trip planner .
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  • On a day out this is a must visit. For kids bring a picnic and walk around the park and let them plan in the playground There's a duck pond at the back which is always lovely to sit and chill The tour...  more »
  • The castle itself is a beautiful example of various styles of architecture over a fee hundred years in ireland. The tour is interesting but it is somewhat lacking on the detail about the butler family...  more »
  • Castle grounds were lovely. Only option is for self guiding tour however there are available guides for questions in most rooms. Definitely recommended while n Kilkenny. There is a bathroom and a tea ...  more »
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  • Very impressive castle, the Butler Castle is the biggest one I’ve seen in Ireland so far. Outside the castle there is a little park with a pavement and also a fountain. Inside the castle you’ll see the fancy life-style that the Butler family had - their kitchen, bedrooms, reading room and more. I enjoyed my trip here very much and I recommend it for everyone.
  • Had an absolutely fabulous experience at Kilkenny Castle. The castle and grounds are beautiful and the guides were able to answer any questions we had. The staff even went above and beyond to return some property that had fallen out of my coat. I would recommend anyone in the area take the time to visit this lovely destination.
  • Big land for a walk, sports and training. Photos render good memories with the so green vegetation ! Plenty of tourists but walkable. Close to everything, Kilkenny's attractions are all closed one from the other. The castle itself is fascinating, like many old age rock buildings. European history we will not have on the North American border.
  • We were very impressed with this castle. The remodeling was very well done and walking through the rooms and corridors were interesting. I would recommend visiting here for anyone.
  • Kilkenny Castle is a wonderful experience. The Castle is beautifully restored and it is clear that it has been painstakingly restored. The effort and attention to detail is incredible and they are constantly updating, improving the Castle and also opening up new rooms over time. If you go for a tour try to get John Kelly, even if you have to wait. John Kelly is a great guide, he is enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the Castle and his enthusiasm just pulls you in. My partner has been 3 other times and John Kelly was by far the best and most knowledgeable guide she has met. Kilkenny Castle is well worth the visit
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