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: Fri-02-Feb-18 to Sun-04-Nov-18, self-guided visit and last admission 30 minutes before closing.  Mon-05-Nov-18 to Mon-31-Dec-18, 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:  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.

Mobile Tour & Info App. (free): English.  If you have a smarphone equipped with a camera and a QR Code Reader App., open your Code Scanner App., hold your device over the Code below and a free illustrated tour of the Castle will download free of charge to your phone.

 KKC App.

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 or  Castle's opening hours.

Audio-Visual Presentation:
12 minutes
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.


For Information on Kilkenny City:

Kilkenny Tourism Brochure July 2017 (PDF, large file 15.3 MB), click here for the Website or here to contact the local Tourist Office.






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