Welcome to Kilkenny Castle and Parklands

Few buildings in Ireland can boast a longer history of continuous occupation than Kilkenny Castle. Founded soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland, the Castle has been rebuilt, extended and adapted to suit changing circumstances and uses over a period of 800 years.

Today, Kilkenny Castle is open to visitors all year round and is largely a Victorian remodelling of the thirteenth century defensive Castle. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to see this grand country house and walk through its fifty acres of rolling parkland with mature trees and an abundance of wildlife. Other features include a formal terraced rose garden, woodlands and a man-made lake, which were added in the nineteenth century. There is also a tearoom, playground and several orienteering trails for visitors to enjoy.

Please note that free admission on the first Wednesday of each month is not applicable at Kilkenny Castle.

The full list of participating sites can be found on www.heritageireland.ie

What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.

Feb 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:00 am
9:15 am
For the duration of the mid term break Kilkenny Castle will offer Sensory Friendly visits from 9.15am to 10am. This will be an unique opportunity for children with sensory needs and their family to view[...]
Kilkenny Castle
Feb 23 @ 9:15 am – 10:00 am
9:15 am
For the duration of the mid term break Kilkenny Castle will offer Sensory Friendly visits from 9.15am to 10am. This will be an unique opportunity for children with sensory needs and their family to view[...]
Kilkenny Castle
8:00 pm
OPW Kilkenny Castle is once again delighted to present our Free Garden Talks Series as part of our Spring Programme 2020. The series starts on Tuesday 24 March and will run each Tuesday (excluding Tuesday 14[...]
The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle,
8:00 pm
OPW Kilkenny Castle is once again pleased to collaborate with Music in Kilkenny in 2020. We are delighted to host four concerts of the new series which runs from February to June. The second of these features[...]
The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle,
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
8:00 pm
OPW Kilkenny Castle is once again delighted to present our Free Garden Talks Series as part of our Spring Programme 2020. The series starts on Tuesday 24 March and will run each Tuesday (excluding Tuesday[...]
The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle,
8:00 pm
OPW Kilkenny Castle is once again delighted to present our Free Garden Talks Series as part of our Spring Programme 2020. The series starts on Tuesday 24 March and will run each Tuesday (excluding Tuesday[...]
The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle,
8:00 pm
OPW Kilkenny Castle is once again delighted to present our Free Garden Talks Series as part of our Spring Programme 2020. The series starts on Tuesday 24 March and will run each Tuesday (excluding Tuesday[...]
The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle,
7:30 pm
OPW Kilkenny Castle is once again pleased to collaborate with Music in Kilkenny in 2020. We are delighted to host four concerts of the new series which runs from February to June. The third of these features[...]
The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle,