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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. Arrange to visit Kilkenny Castle and other attractions in Kilkenny using our Kilkenny travel itinerary planner.
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  • Kilkenny Castle is steeped in Irish history going back to the 12th century. The tour through the castle is well worth a visit at only 7 euros 
  • I was on study abroad and this was the first castle experience I have ever had. A beautiful castle, a great spot for picnics, and a very interesting tour! I really enjoyed this location! 
  • Very worthwhile tour. Guides were helpful and answered any questions. Price was reasonable. Whole tour was enjoyable. 
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  • Nice castle with great and spacious park. We haven't been in the castle but strolled around in the park, there is a playground and a open air cafe in the vicinity. The park is a nice place to relax and worth to visit!
  • I haven't been inside it, but: It has a very spacious outside, with very well maintained grass. Further down the oath there is a not as impressive lake. The staff I've spoken with were all very nice and helpful. There is also a coffee place outside but I didn't order anything from there
  • This is a great example of a castle. Lots of beautiful period furniture and they have worked hard to rebuy lots of original Castle furnishings, which makes it very impressive. Highly recommended a visit.
  • The castle is great, for the entrance price is more than enough. They did an amazing job in restructuring the whole place with fidelity and the kitchen is beautiful.
  • Only 7 Euros to visit inside and the tour doesn't go throughout the entire castles but still get to see a few great details and rooms. The most impressive part of the castle is the outside and the grounds. Right across from a shop of Irish gifts and food, and walkign distance from 'downtown' with more restaurants and small stores.