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
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
11:00 am
OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to support this Family 5k Walk/ Run in aid of The Irish Pilgrimage Trust at 11am on Sunday 24 February. Registration is at Kilkenny Tennis Club from 10am.
Kilkenny Castle Park
Mar 1 @ 10:38 am – Mar 31 @ 11:38 am
10:38 am
As part of Francophonie Festival in Ireland, Kilkenny Castle will offer free guided tours in French to Secondary Schools during the month of March. A l’occasion du festival de la Francophonie en Irlande, le Château[...]
Kilkenny Castle
12:00 am
On 14th March, Kilkenny Castle will go orange in support of World Kidney Day whose aim is to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our health. #worldkidneyday To find out more visit: https://www.worldkidneyday.org/  [...]
Kilkenny Castle
Mar 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
9:30 am
OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to welcome Parkrun Ireland Kilkenny – a FREE timed weekly 5k run at Kilkenny Castle Park every Saturday morning at 9:30am. Kilkenny Castle Park 5k Map (PDF) Please visit http://www.parkrun.ie/kilkenny/ for full details[...]
Kilkenny Castle Park
2:30 pm
As Kilkenny Castle celebrates 50 years in state care, we are delighted to co-present with St Patrick’s Day Festival a wonderful afternoon of FREE music and family fun at the Castle Park (immediately after the[...]
Kilkenny Castle
12:00 am
On March 18th, Kilkenny Castle will ‘go blue’ in support of Word Day 2019 to help spread the word that children and young people get rheumatic diseases too. #wordday2019 For more information www.pres.eu
Kilkenny Castle
4:00 pm
Concert 3 Of A Special Concert Series To Celebrate 50 Years Of Kilkenny Castle in the care of The Office Of Public Works. Carducci Quartet with Julian Bliss clarinet Matthew Denton – violin Michelle Fleming[...]
The Parade Tower

Kilkenny Castle