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.

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
Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
HFC Brass Band  The HFC Brass Band New Ross, Co. Wexford was founded as a Temperance band back in 1936 and has been an important feature in the social, sporting and entertainment life of New [...]
Kilkenny Castle
Jul 8 @ 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
1:15 pm
From my lips to God’s ear Monday 8th July from 13:15 to 13:45 This  Free Pop Up Talk will explore the influence of William Marshall on monastic settlements in Ireland. William Marshall, like other Norman[...]
The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle
Jul 14 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
10:45 am
Title: National Day of Commemoration Ceremony at Kilkenny Castle on Sunday 14 July 2019 When: Sunday 14 July 2019 at 11am (10:45am to 12noon) Where: Courtyard of Kilkenny Castle One of the regional National Day[...]
Kilkenny Castle
Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
CJ Kickham Brass and Reed Band  The CJ Kickham Brass and Reed Band was founded in 1882 and is an integral part of the culture and history of the former British Army Garrison town of[...]
kilkenny Castle
Jul 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
1:00 pm
OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to welcome The Band of The 1st Brigade Cork to the grounds of the castle for a performance on Thursday 18 July at 1pm. This is a FREE event. The[...]
Kilkenny Castle