The Butler Trail

Discover the indelible mark left by the Butlers over five turbulent centuries.

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.

Ormond Castle, Carrick-on-Suir (44kms)

 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

The Main Guard, Clonmel (52kms)

Click here for more info on The Main Guard. James Butler, Duke of Ormond, built the Main Guard in 1675 as the courthouse for the Palatinate of the administrative area of County Tipperary

Roscrea Heritage Centre, Roscrea (63kms)

Click her for more info on Roscrea Castle.

 Discover how the Butlers of Ormond gained power and influence with almost every large town of Tipperary including Roscrea

Cahir Castle, Cahir(67kms)

Click here for more info on the Butler Trail.Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler Family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure

Swiss Cottage, Cahir (70kms)

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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