Visitor Information

Castle Opening Arrangements, Daily:

Guided Tours (November – January)

Guided tours of the Period Rooms take approximately 45 minutes.  No tickets are required to visit the Castle Kitchen Tea-Room, Butler Gallery and Medieval Room.

Self-Guided Tour (February – October)

Explore the Castle at your leisure with our information leaflet which is also available in other languages on arrival.

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: Kilkenny Castle Visitor’s Guide (PDF) and Caisleán Chill Chainnigh Treoir do Chuairteoirí (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.

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 2018:

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:

Visit the city’s Website or contact the local Tourist Office.

Parkland Opening Hours:

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.