Visitor Information

Castle Opening Arrangements, Daily:

  • October to February - 09.30 to 16.30 
  • March - 09.30 to 17.00 
  • April and May - 09.30 to 17.30 
  • June to August - 09.00 to 17.30
  • September - 09.30 to 17.30 

Castle Christmas and New Year Opening Arrangements: check with site.

Access: February 1st to October 31st, self-guided visit and last admission 30 minutes before closing.  November 1st to January 31st, visit by guided tour only and last admission 45 minutes before closing.  Arrangements may be subject to change, please check with site.

Photography/Filming: Non-flash photography permitted for personal use only; filming/videoing not allowed.  For more information, please contact the site.

For bookings: Tel: +353 56 770 4106, Fax: +353 56 770 4116 or e-mail: bookingskilkennycastle@opw.ie.  Groups of 10 people and more must be pre-booked.

Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months.

Children under the age of 18 years must be supervised at all times; for more information check the OPW Child Protection Policy.

Average length of visit: 1 hour. 

Leaflet: English(PDF) and Gaeilge (PDF).

Information Pamphlet: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian & Spanish.

Guiding Leaflet in Braille Available on request.

Guide Book: English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.

Audio Guide: English

 

Facilities: Toilets, toilet for visitors with disabilities on request, public car park close to site.

Tea-Room: Situated in the Castle's Victorian Kitchen with its original cooking range, rows of plates and copper pots. For more information please e-mail nostalgiacafe@eircom.net or nostalgiacafe65@gmail.com.  Castle's opening hours.

Audio-Visual Presentation:
12 minutes
English
Free admission
Located in the Medieval Room 

 

Admissions Charges 2017:
Adult: €8.00
Senior (60+)/Group:(20+ Adults/Seniors): €6.00
Child (6-18)/Student: €4.00
Family: €20.00

Yearly Heritage Cards to all OPW sites also available; click here for more information.

 

Contact Details:
Address: The Parade, Kilkenny City, R95 YRK1, Ireland
Telephone: +353 56 770 4100

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Location, by bus/car:     
Kilkenny Castle is situated in the centre of the city and is a 15-minute walk from McDonagh Railway Station.

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Parkland Opening Hours: 

  • January and December - 09.00 to 16.00
  • February and November - 09.00 to 16.30
  • March and October - 09.00 to 17.30
  • April and September - 08.30 to 19.00
  • May, June, July and August - 08.30 to 20.30

Please note that the locking of the Park will begin 30 minutes before the scheduled closing time, with the last gate located at the Courtyard area.

Parkland Christmas and New Year Opening Arrangements: check with site.

Night View from the Garden