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Guided tours of the Period Rooms


Join one of our knowledgeable guides for a fascinating tour of the Period rooms of Kilkenny Castle.

One of our experienced guide will lead you throughout the restored Period Rooms of Kilkenny Castle and will put the spotlight on fascinating characters and hidden gems.

The guided tours give an unique opportunity to learn more about Kilkenny Castle and its Collections with exclusive access to the Medieval Foundations, the West Tower and the Ducal Palace Exhibition.


Please note that places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Buying Tickets



    •  Tickets for guided tours are available online.
    • Pending availability, remaining tickets will be sold from our ticket desk on the day
    • Tickets for guided tours are not available more than 7 days in advance.
    • All visitors need to have a ticket including all children under 12.
View of the Picture Gallery

On Arrival



    • Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your tour time to allow sufficient time to check-in at our ticket desk.  (our ticket desk is located at the main gate of Kilkenny Castle, under the archway)
    • All visitors must queue to enter the building. Please be aware that our queuing system is outdoor.
View of the Drawing Room

The Visit



    •  Children under the age of 18 years must be supervised at all times. For more information check the OPW Child safeguarding statement.
    • The average length of the guided tour  is 50 minutes.
    • Non-flash photography is permitted in the Period Rooms for personal use only. Video is not permitted.
View of the State Dining Room

Please Note

    • Parts of the Castle may not be suitable for visitors with reduced mobility, please contact us if you have any questions. Tel. 046 942 3020/
    • Backpacks, large bags and shopping bags are not permitted in in the period rooms of the Castle. only small bags no bigger than A4 (8.27in/21cm x 11.7in/29.7cm) will be permitted.
    • Locker facilities are available on site for large bags.
    • In order to protect our collection you may be asked to carry small bags to the front while visiting the period rooms of Kilkenny Castle.
    • The castle visit is not suitable for pushchairs.
    • Arrangements may be subject to change. Check this website for up-to-date information.
View of the Entrance Hall

Wonderful guide, fabulous place

On a very brief visit to Kilkenny, myself and my friend had some time to kill. We hadn’t planned to visit the castle, but we are extremely glad we did. The castle and grounds are magnificent and definitely worth a visit on their own merits, but it was our guide, Peadar, who really brought the place to life. His passion for history and heritage was positively infectious and his breadth of knowledge extremely impressive.

As a lover of history myself, I found the tour fascinating from start to finish and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone visiting the city.

Alan on TripAdvisor

Butler Family Castle

Kilkenny Castle overlooks town of Kilkenny and the River Nore. The self-guided tour winds through the public and some private areas of the castle. The history of the building and the family are fascinating and the renovations have transformed the building. The Picture Gallery is an incredible space. 

Worth the visit when in Kilkenny. If the weather cooperates, take a stroll through the beautiful gardens.

Permia on Tripadvisor

Medieval castle

We visited firstly the castle park (large, green) and the rose garden with excellent photo points of the medieval castle (1195), the river Nore and the medieval town of Kilkenny.

Then we paid the entrance fee (8 euros, OK) and visited the interior in a hurry since we were there on a day tour (Collins Day Tours) and it was a busy Sunday with a food fair right outside the castle with crowds of people.

The castle is very well preserved! Inside I liked the Great Hall with the tapestries, the children’s room, the Moorish stairs, the dining room with the table ready for dinner.

Athanasia on TripAdvisor