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Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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. Arrange to visit Kilkenny Castle and other attractions in Kilkenny using our Kilkenny travel itinerary planner.
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  • Take time to view the castle and fall back into history. The rooms are well preserved and provide insight into how the owners lived in that era 
  • On our visit to Kilkenny we had the pleasure of a tour around Kilkenny Castle. After buying our tickets we were told what direction to start. After that everything was well sign-posted and with our gu...  read more »
  • Happy to walk around a town that feels small, but it is full of history, castles, churches, and good people.
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  • The history of the refurbishment of the castle is as beautiful as the castle history itself. Really fair admittance price. The city has a true medieval atmosphere. Advise to park in the shopping center parking lot where the super valu shop is as it's just a 7 min walk from the castle.
  • We spent the day in town and enjoyed it thoroughly. Well preserved, great audio tour (recommend). Enjoyed the history. Also recommend St. Canice's Cathedral and the Black Abby which are in town.
  • The castle itself is beautiful and the rooms that you get to go in are astonishing to see as the castle is older but the rooms have gone through the ages but parking is a hassle it has taken myself about 2 hours riding around the castle to find a decent spot that wasn't far away for my disabled mother.
  • A huge luxurious castle, with great paintings, very old furniture but well preserved. Take your time to amuse yourself on every room of the castle. My favourite one is the library.
  • What I like was that there were guides in every significant room that were explaining on the history of each room. The courtyard and rose garden are nice to walk, especially after a heavy dinner.
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