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Kilkenny Castle

Category: Families, Kids, Outdoors, Rainy Day, Culture, Sightseeing

Type: Castles, Historic Homes & Sites, Parks & Gardens, Visitor Centres, Tours, General Attractions

Co Kilkenny
Tel: +353 56 770 4100

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12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Kilkenny Castle was built to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways and was a symbol of Norman occupation. In its original thirteenth-century condition it would have formed an important element of the defences of the town with four large circular corner towers and a massive ditch, part of which can still be seen today on the Parade.

Following major restoration works the central block now includes a library, drawing room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830's splendour, as well as the beautiful Long Gallery. A suite of former servant's rooms is the Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary art.

The gardens and parkland adjoining the castle are open to the public and the Parade Tower is the Castle's conference venue.

Opening Time:

Open daily, year round (closed Good Friday). October-February 9.30am-4.30pm; March 9.30am-5pm; April-May 9.30am-5.30pm; June-August 9am-5.30pm; September 9.30am-5.30pm.

Admission Charge:

Adults €6; Child (6+)/Student €2.50; OAP/Group €4; Family €14.
Kilkenny Castle - Kilkenny County Kilkenny Ireland
Kilkenny Castle - Kilkenny County Kilkenny Ireland
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