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.

What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.

10:00 am
OPW is delighted to collaborate with Design and Crafts Council of Ireland in presenting an amazing exhibition across these two major Kilkenny venues – KILKENNY CASTLE and NATIONAL DESIGN & CRAFT GALLERY – Monumentality –[...]
Kilkenny Castle
11:00 am
Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 June 2019 11am to 4pm – (3 different storytelling sessions at 12, 1:30pm & 3pm, with medieval music, mayhem and fun in between!) Kilkenny Castle Park FREE Admission OPW is[...]
Kilkenny Castle Park
11:00 am
Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 June 2019 11am to 4pm – (3 different storytelling sessions at 12, 1:30pm & 3pm, with medieval music, mayhem and fun in between!) Kilkenny Castle Park FREE Admission OPW is[...]
Kilkenny Castle Park
2:00 pm
OPW is very pleased to present as part of 50th celebrations, two story- telling sessions at The Parade Tower. 2pm – 3 to 6 years 3:30pm – 7 to 11 years FREE Admission on a first[...]
The Parade Tower
Jun 21 @ 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
1:15 pm
William Marshall & the Walter Family Friday 21st June from 13:15 to 13:45 This Free Pop Up Talk will explore the connections between “The Greatest Knight that ever lived” and the ancestors of the Butler[...]
The Parade Tower
8:00 pm
The Ladies of Llangollen: Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby To coincide with Pride Month Lori Moriarty, Laois County Library, will explore the story of the Ladies of Llangollen, two aristocratic women who left the homes[...]
The Parade tower, Kilkenny Castle
1:15 pm
William Marshall’s New Castle at Kilkenny Friday 18th June from 13:15 to 13:45 This Free Pop Up outdoor tour will focus on the Castle built by William Marshall. This event is weather dependent. Free event[...]
Kilkenny Castle
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
St. Patricks Junior Brass  Band Kilkenny St. Patricks Junior Brass  Band are the future of Brass Banding in Kilkenny being  the fruit of many years of tuition under  Christine Somers Musical Director. The Band recently[...]
Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle