Kilkenny Castle



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Situated in a beautiful 50-acre park, the castle dates from 1172. The first stone castle was built 20 years later by William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke. It was the home of the very powerful Butler family, Earls and Dukes of Ormonde from 1391 to 1935. Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830s splendour, as well as the beautiful Long Gallery.

Kilkenny Castle
KILKENNY, Co Kilkenny
Phone : 056 770 4100


  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Ground floor and gardens accessible only
  • Facilities: Braille, audiovisual presentation, audio guide
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year daily, Mar, 9.30-5; Apr-May & Sep, 9.30-5.30; Jun-Aug, 9-5.30; Oct-Feb 9.30-4.30. Feb-Oct self guided tours (last admission 30mins before closing), Nov-Jan guided tours only (last admission 45mins before closing). Check websit

About The area

Discover County Kilkenny

Regularly voted Ireland’s friendliest city, Kilkenny is a welcoming and historic place, famous for its beer and castles. There are also a number of local gold and silversmiths here who make lovely jewellery.

The area rose to prominence in the 13th century along with the powerful Anglo-Norman Butler family, the Earls of Ormond. Their castle rises above a bend in the River Nore, looking out over a modern urban core with plenty of historic nooks.

St Canice founded the monastic settlement here in the sixth century and by the 13th century the adjacent town had become an important base for Norman rule in Leinster. These days it’s an important base for design. The Kilkenny Design Centre draws on the skills of more than 200 artisans from all over Ireland, creating a nationally recognised outlet for a wide range of crafts. The emphasis is on natural fibres and materials, be they linen, silk, wool or cashmere for clothing, silver and gold for jewellery, locally made, hand-blown Jerpoint glassware, or traditional and contemporary gifts made from wood and porcelain.

The city is also known for its beer – Smithwick’s brewery occupies the site of the old Franciscan friary.

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