Covid-19 UPDATE

Following the latest Government’s announcement that all counties are moved to Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions, Kilkenny Castle will be closed until further notice.

Online booking has been suspended and tickets will be refunded over the coming days, we appreciate your patience as we carry out this process.

The Park & Garden will remain open as normal.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to welcoming the public back to Kilkenny Castle soon.

The Castle Blog

Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Castle Blog for all news updates.

The Loss of the Southside of the Castle

The Loss of the Southside of the Castle

Over the centuries Kilkenny Castle has gone through major redevelopments and periods of dereliction and rebuilding. What we have today is a modern rebuild of the Castle taking it back to the late 19th early 20th century when it was a comfortable family home. Despite...

A Forgotten Valentine’s Tradition

A Forgotten Valentine’s Tradition

Like many events in our recent history this Valentines will be very different, there will be no romantic weekends away or candlelit dinners in restaurants. One aspect of the Valentines tradition that is perfectly suited to social distancing however is the sending of...

Christmas Cards and the Ormonde Family

Christmas Cards and the Ormonde Family

This popular form of seasonal greeting is comparatively recent in origin. W.C.T Dobson, RA, is usually regarded as having sent the first Christmas Cards in 1844. Sir Henry Cole and J.C. Horsley produced the very first commercial Christmas Card in 1846, although it was...