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.

22 July – 6 October Kilkenny Castle Park & Castle Yard Park Opening Hours OPW is delighted to support Irish Craft Heroes with this major outdoor exhibition celebrating makers whose work has significant legacy, has[...]
Kilkenny Castle Park
Aug 6 2021 @ 9.30am – Sep 1 2022 @ 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

The Castle Blog

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

The Ormonde Coat of Arms

The Ormonde Coat of Arms

Quarterly, first, Or, a chief indented azure; second Gules, three covered cups or; third, Argent, a lion rampant gules, on a chief of the last swan close of the first between two annulets or: fourth Ermine, a saltire gules. Above is the full heraldic description of...

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...