COVID-19 Update

We are delighted to welcome you back to Kilkenny Castle and have taken the necessary measures to ensure that everyone’s visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Admission charges to all open, fee paying OPW heritage sites are being waived  from the 14th May until the end of 2021

It is essential to pre-book tickets online in advance of visit. There are no ‘walk-in tickets’ available. Please do not arrive without having booked your tickets in advance as you will not gain entry.
Pre-booking online is possible from 1 hour up to 7 days in advance of visit.


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.


What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.

Jun 25 – Jun 27 all-day
As part of the National LGBTI+ inclusion strategy, Kilkenny Castle will fly high the Rainbow flag and will be illuminated in a rainbow of colours from the 25th to the 26th June 2021. Together we[...]
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Pride Event: Online Talk on Ladies of Llangollen by Lori Moriarty On the evening of March 30th 1778, Sarah Ponsonby dressed in men’s clothes, armed with a pistol and carrying her dog Frisk, climbed out[...]
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The Castle Blog

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

The Loss of the Southside of the Castle

The Loss of the Southside of the Castle

Over the centuries Kilkenny Castle has gone through major redevelopments and periods of dereliction and rebuilding. What we have today is a modern rebuild of the Castle taking it back to the late 19th early 20th century when it was a comfortable family home. Despite...

A Forgotten Valentine’s Tradition

A Forgotten Valentine’s Tradition

Like many events in our recent history this Valentines will be very different, there will be no romantic weekends away or candlelit dinners in restaurants. One aspect of the Valentines tradition that is perfectly suited to social distancing however is the sending of...

Christmas Cards and the Ormonde Family

Christmas Cards and the Ormonde Family

This popular form of seasonal greeting is comparatively recent in origin. W.C.T Dobson, RA, is usually regarded as having sent the first Christmas Cards in 1844. Sir Henry Cole and J.C. Horsley produced the very first commercial Christmas Card in 1846, although it was...