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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  • What a beautiful place! Room after room of history. Nicely surprised that there was no admission fee because it was the last Wed. of the month. I could've spend a couple of days just roaming and enjoy...  more »
  • We enjoyed spending an hour at the castle during a windy and rainy day. The amount of work done during the restoration is quite amazing. We found the before during and after photos on display on the u...  more »
  • You can visit the Castle, adjacent spaces and gardens enjoy the quality and diversity of this site. Well worth the effort of the journey
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  • Interesting castle. Going inside, it is all Victorian era decor. I prefer the old knight and brick look so I wasn't that interested. There are some cool views from the windows and some nice tapestries inside. The basement level showed some originality as to how it may have looked. Nice and helpful tour guides that answered questions. Spend some time seeing it from another side when you walk along the river behind it.
  • WOW! Really glad I decided to visit Kilkenny and Kilkenny castle. Amazing town and amazing people. The castle is beautiful and it was nice to see people enjoying themselves and relaxing. Highly recommend if looking to get out of Dublin for the day!
  • Great tour. The free guide book could use some improvement and details. We purchased the €8 book, well worth the money. The best thing to visit in Kilkenny
  • Visited this castle last week as part of a day trip from Dublin. The exterior and grounds of the castle are lovely but unfortunately our visit was cut short because there was no access to washrooms for anyone with a disability. The elevator was not operating and the other washrooms in the cafe area were "not available for use" when we tried to use them. We had to leave the castle and go find a washroom elsewhere. In this day and age it is extremely frustrating and disappointing to have this happen.
  • Beautiful place but if you have any sort of mobility problem beware - even a bit of arthritis in the knee will be made worse by visiting Kilkenny Castle. It is Inaccssible - no access to gallery or upper floors, no disabled toilets 🚻 dower house accessed over rough cobbles and then gravel stone. It's beautiful but saw somebody trying to bring a baby buggy down a steep flight of stairs 😰

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Where to stay in Kilkenny

For a historical Irish experience, stay in Kilkenny County's namesake city, a medieval destination with no shortage of lodging options. If you are interested in exploring the central sights of this city, stay at one of the many hotels, hostels, or bed and breakfasts near its center. For something more affordable, head to the outskirts and look into guesthouse options. You can also choose a nearby spa if you want to splurge on a relaxing getaway.
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