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Kilkenny Castle

Restored Victorian Period Rooms| Parkland and Historic Garden |Victorian Social History | Art Collection| Events | Outdoor Café/Tearoom

We look forward to welcoming your group to one of the most prestigious National Historic Properties in Ireland.

Kilkenny Castle is ideally situated in the heart of Kilkenny City, which allow visitors to explore our vibrant and compact city.

The castle itself, stand on a height and was built by William Marshal, 4th  Earl of Pembroke in the 12th  century to command the crossing of the River Nore.

In the 14th century, Kilkenny Castle became the principal Irish residence of the powerful Butler Family, Earl, Marquess & Dukes of Ormonde, for almost 600 years.

Today, visitors can experience the exuberant spirit of the Victorian age, faithfully brought back to life in the restored Period Rooms of Kilkenny Castle.

The Castle Park includes a 21 hectares walled demesne parkland to the south and a formal terraced Rose Garden to the north. The estate overlooks the Nore River and features mature trees and shrubs with an ornamental lake and a children’s playground.

Our location allows for easy access to coach parking and public transport links.

Visitor experiences options at Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle Guiding Services are delighted to offer the following visitor experiences to  groups.

There are three visitor experience options available to discover Kilkenny Castle: