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Please note that Free admission on the first Wednesday of each month is no longer applicable at Kilkenny Castle.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 2022 @ 5.30pm
9.30am
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
Jul 3 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm
3.00pm
OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to present our Music in the Gardens Series 2022. Come along and enjoy the brass bands in the Park at 3pm on Sunday afternoons in July. Sunday 3 July: HFC[...]
Kilkenny Castle Park
Jul 10 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm
3.00pm
OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to present our Music in the Gardens Series 2022. Come along and enjoy the brass bands in the Park at 3pm on Sunday afternoons in July. Sunday 3 July: HFC[...]
Kilkenny Castle Park
Jul 17 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm
3.00pm
OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to present our Music in the Gardens Series 2022. Come along and enjoy the brass bands in the Park at 3pm on Sunday afternoons in July. Sunday 3 July: HFC[...]
Kilkenny Castle Park

The Castle Blog

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

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...

The Early Courtship of James Butler and Elizabeth Preston.

The Early Courtship of James Butler and Elizabeth Preston.

The Early Courtship of James Butler and Elizabeth Preston. “Anonymous Account of the Early Fife and Marriage of James Butler First Duke of Ormond” “The Journal of the Kilkenny and South East of Ireland Archaeological Society, New Series, Vol. 4 No.2 (1863) and from...

The Tale of Two Butlers

The Tale of Two Butlers

Charles Dickens (1812 -1870). Charles Dickens was an extremely enthusiastic self-publicist and travelled widely to promote his novels, short stories and non-fiction works. He was to venture to American twice; his first visit was in 1842 and became the basis for his...