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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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  • did not get chance to go into the castle, but the park area around is well worth a vist.Walk along the walkway by the Nore river and then into the castle grounds, see the beautiful memorial to the man...  more »
  • Very interesting place to visit, very good guide. Castle cafe is a must and court yard great for gifts. 
  • We not only got to see the Castle and hear about the history but was fortunate enough to travel in December and view the beautiful Christmas decorations through out the castle. The tea room and scones...  more »
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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.