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.

May 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
11:00 am
BEALTAINE – OUTDOOR ARCHITECTURAL TOUR OF KILKENNY CASTLE Every Thursday during the month of May at 11am. To celebrate Bealtaine, join our experienced guiding staff for an outdoor architectural guided tour of Kilkenny Castle. Discover the[...]
Kilkenny Castle
7:15 pm
OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to present the annual FREE Garden Talks Series as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations of Kilkenny Castle in state care. Tuesday 30 April at 7:15pm – Assumpta Broomfield and[...]
Kilkenny Castle
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
11:00 am
BEALTAINE – OUTDOOR ARCHITECTURAL TOUR OF KILKENNY CASTLE Every Thursday during the month of May at 11am. To celebrate Bealtaine, join our experienced guiding staff for an outdoor architectural guided tour of Kilkenny Castle. Discover the[...]
Kilkenny Castle
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
11:00 am
BEALTAINE – OUTDOOR ARCHITECTURAL TOUR OF KILKENNY CASTLE Every Thursday during the month of May at 11am. To celebrate Bealtaine, join our experienced guiding staff for an outdoor architectural guided tour of Kilkenny Castle. Discover the[...]
Kilkenny Castle
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
12:00 pm
FREE family event for all ages. Butler Gallery, in partnership with OPW, will celebrate National Drawing Day with the largest outdoor event in Ireland, now in its 11th year at Kilkenny Castle Park. Ten simultaneous drop-in[...]
Kilkenny Castle
8:00 pm
Special Gala Concert at The Picture Gallery to celebrate 50 years of Kilkenny Castle in the care of the Office of Public Works, in association with Music in Kilkenny. Irish Baroque Orchestra returns to Kilkenny[...]
The Picture Gallery
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
11:00 am
BEALTAINE – OUTDOOR ARCHITECTURAL TOUR OF KILKENNY CASTLE Every Thursday during the month of May at 11am. To celebrate Bealtaine, join our experienced guiding staff for an outdoor architectural guided tour of Kilkenny Castle. Discover the[...]
Kilkenny Castle
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
7:00 pm
OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to invite all to the 2019 Dusk Chorus at the Castle Park with a guided walk by the wonderful and knowledgeable, Pat Durkin from Birdwatch Ireland.  This will be a[...]
Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle