General Info 056 770 4100
Group Bookings 056 770 4106
Events Office 056 770 4108
Castle Foreperson 086 819 1251
Park and Garden Foreperson 087 634 9153
We are located at the very heart of Kilkenny within easy walking distance of many other attractions and amenities.
A number of national bus routes stop in Kilkenny. There are also daily trains to McDonagh Railway Station which is only a 15-minute walk to the Castle. You can also find out more on how to get here by visiting the ‘Visit Kilkenny’ website.
Please note that there is parking near the Castle but not on site. For more information on where to park in the city please visit Kilkenny County Council’s website.
There is limited coach parking available on the Castle Road.
Other attractions to visit nearby
These wonderful sites are within walking distance of the Castle.
Butler Gallery (600m)
Butler Gallery is a leading contemporary art gallery and museum with a permanent collection in the South East of Ireland.
Rothe House & Garden (650m)
Nestled in the centre of the Medieval Mile, it is Kilkenny’s Tudor hidden gem.
Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny (650m)
Discover the history of Smithwick’s Ale on the Kilkenny Brewing Tour.
St. Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower (1km)
St. Canice’s Cathedral is one of the most prominent sights in Kilkenny, standing on a 6th century ecclesiastical site.
A short drive away
St. Mary’s Church, Gowran (15kms)
This collegiate church was built in the late 13th century on the site of an earlier monastery.
Dunmore Cave (15kms)
Discover the Viking invasion in Kilkenny by exploring this unique series of chambers formed over millions of years.
On the Butler Trail
If you’ve enjoyed Kilkenny Castle, why not follow The Butler Trail? It will take you to and around Co. Tipperary and show you the legacy left behind by this most influential family.
Distances given are approximate and given from Kilkenny Castle.
The Butler Trail
Discover the indelible mark left by the Butlers over five turbulent centuries.
Ormond Castle (44kms), Carrick-on-Suir
Ormond Castle is the best example of an Elizabethan manor house in Ireland. It was built by Thomas, the 10th Earl of Ormond in the 1560s.
Cahir Castle (67kms), Cahir
Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler Family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure.
The Main Guard (52kms), Clonmel
James Butler, Duke of Ormond, built the Main Guard in 1675 as the courthouse for the Palatinate of the administrative area of County Tipperary.
Swiss Cottage (70kms), Cahir
A delightful ‘cottage orné‘ built in the early 1800s by Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall to a design by the famous Regency architect John Nash.
Roscrea Heritage Centre (63kms), Roscrea
Discover how the Butlers of Ormond gained power and influence with almost every large town of Tipperary including Roscrea.