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 (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.
Roscrea Heritage Centre (63kms), Roscrea
Discover how the Butlers of Ormond gained power and influence with almost every large town of Tipperary including Roscrea.
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.
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.
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.