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Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions our visiting arrangements have been altered, we invite you to check our COVID-19 VISITOR GUIDELINES for the latest update.

We are delighted that you have chosen to visit Kilkenny Castle. Currently Kilkenny castle operates a self-guided system for most of the year, switching to guided tours only during the winter months.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the visit of the Castle is self-guided only.

From 3rd November 2019 to 31st January 2020: Guided Tours only.
Join one of our knowledgeable guides for a fascinating tour of the Period rooms of Kilkenny Castle.

From 1st February 2020 to 1st November 2020: Self-Guided Visit / Guided Tours.
Explore the Victorian Stately home of the Butler Family at your own pace with a self-guided visit .
Daily public guided tours are also available for individuals. Please contact us for more details.

Arrangements may be subject to change. Check this website for up-to-date information.

The average length of the visit is 1 hour. 

Tickets are available online & from the Ticket Desk

Groups of 6 people and more must contact Group bookings to make a reservation.

Information leaflets are available to download in Irish, English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian & Spanish.

Non-flash photography is permitted in the Period Rooms for personal use only.

Children under the age of 18 years must be supervised at all times. For more information check the OPW Child safeguarding statement.

Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months.


⛈ The opening of OPW sites can be weather dependent and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all, access may be subject to change at short notice. Every attempt will be made to announce these closures ahead of time but if you are in any doubt, please check with site for its Open/Close Status.

Tea Room

Situated in the Castle’s Victorian Kitchen with its original cooking range, rows of plates and copper pots. For more information please e-mail or Castle’s opening hours

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