Please note:

Kilkenny Castle Park will close at the earlier time of  7.30pm from Wednesday 3rd of August to Saturday 13th August 2022 ( excluding Sunday 7th August)

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.

Please note that Free admission on the first Wednesday of each month is no longer applicable at Kilkenny Castle. Click here for the full list of participating sites.


Kilkenny Castle is one of 70 OPW sites with visitor services. Click here to find out more about Ireland’s Heritage Sites.

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What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.

Aug 6 2021 @ 9.30am – Sep 1 2023 @ 5.30pm
The Ros Tapestry exhibition has drawn in thread the story of the Normans and their arrival in the Southeast of Ireland and the consequent development of the dynamic port of Ros is depicted in a[...]
Kilkenny Castle
Aug 17 @ 9.15am – 10.15am
This will be an unique opportunity for visitors with sensory needs and their family to view the beautiful Victorian period rooms of the Castle in a quiet environment. This event is free of charge but[...]
Kilkenny Castle
Aug 17 @ 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Join Laoise O’Brien in the Parade Tower of Kilkenny Castle for an afternoon of renaissance music making. Explore ensemble music from the sixteenth century, and learn about the social context of the music in a[...]
Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle
Aug 17 @ 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Kilkenny Castle is opening the magnificent Picture Gallery free of charge to artists who wish to sketch paintings from the Ormonde Picture Collection Booking required, limited availability This is an adult only event. Start time[...]
Kilkenny Castle, Picture Gallery

The Castle Blog

Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Castle Blog for all news updates.

The Theatre and the Dukes of Ormonde

The Theatre and the Dukes of Ormonde

The Theatre and the Dukes of Ormonde Throughout his long and eventful life James Butler (1610 -1688), First Duke of Ormond showed a keen interest in the theatre. At a young age while in London, his biographer Thomas Carte (1686 – 1754) recalled that his family were in...

Bullets on the Battlements, the 1922 attack on Kilkenny Castle

Bullets on the Battlements, the 1922 attack on Kilkenny Castle

Bullets on the Battlements, the 1922 attack on Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny Castle has a rich and varied history and one of the most dramatic events occurred relatively recently when possession of the castle was contested by Irish troops who were split by their support or...