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.

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
11:00 am
OPW Kilkenny Castle is pleased to welcome Kilkenny Triathlon Club’s 2019 TRIATHLON which takes place at Kilkenny Castle Park on Sunday 21 July.   Title:  Kilkenny Triathlon Club’s TRIATHLON When:  Sunday 21 July 2019  (11am[...]
Kilkenny Castle
Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
Castlebar Concert and Marching Band Castlebar Concert and Marching Band hail from the former British Army Garrison town of Castlebar, Co. Mayo deep in the West of Ireland  and are regular visitors to Kilkenny City[...]
Kilkenny Castle
1:15 pm
William Marshall & the foundation of Kilkenny & New Ross Monday 22nd July from 13:15 to 13:45 This Free Pop Up Talk will focus on the contribution William Marshal made to the foundation of New[...]
The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle