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Please note that Free admission on the first Wednesday of each month is no longer applicable at Kilkenny Castle.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.


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
Oct 6 @ 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Irish Sign Language tours As part of the OPW programme of Irish Sign Language tours at  Heritage sites around the country, Kilkenny Castle is offering free ISL tours on selected dates at 3.30pm. One of[...]
Kilkenny Castle
Oct 9 @ 9.30am – 5.00pm
To celebrate Kilkenny Day, the Period Rooms and Exhibitions at Kilkenny Castle will  be open to the public free of charge from 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday 9th October for self-guided visits only. Last admission[...]
Kilkenny Castle
Oct 9 @ 1.30pm
Puppet Show with Moon and Sixpence  The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle  Sunday 9 October 1:30pm – 2:30pm and 3pm – 4pm We are delighted to host this event for Bookville Festival 2022. This festival show[...]
Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle

The Castle Blog

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

Vita Sancti Kannechi (The Life of St. Canice).

Vita Sancti Kannechi (The Life of St. Canice).

John Butler (1808 – 1854), 20th Earl and 2nd Marquess of Ormonde was born in Dublin and like other members of his family he was educated at Harrow and then Christchurch Oxford. Like his father James Butler (1774 -1838) he was elected a Whig M.P. for Kilkenny (1833...

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...