Kilkenny Castle


Few buildings in Ireland can boast a longer history of continuous occupation than Kilkenny Castle. Founded soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland, the castle has been rebuilt, extended and adapted to suit changing circumstances and uses over a period of 800 years. Kilkenny Castle is open all year round and is largely a Victorian remodelling of the thirteenth century defensive castle furnished with the family paintings and tapestries and objects d’art. Visitors can choose to explore the ancestral home of the Butler family with either a self guided visit or a guided tour. The visit of the Castle includes the dining room, Victorian nursery and the picture gallery with its hand painted hammer beam roof. Other features include 50 acres of rolling parkland with mature trees, a formal terraced rose garden, woodlands and a man-made lake, which were added in the nineteenth century. There is also a tea room, playground and several orienteering trails for visitors to enjoy.

Opening times

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


  • Sightseeing
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Parks
  • Mature visitors
  • Nature Lovers
  • Historical
  • Castles
  • Heritage Sites
  • Solo Visitors
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Toilets
  • Guided Tours
  • Paid Visit
  • Paper Ticket Accepted
  • Families
  • Friends
Please note that there is free entry for those with disabilities and their accompanying carers.
Pricing is for the Castle self guided tour. 

Contact details

  • The Parade
  • Collegepark
  • Kilkenny
  • Ireland
  • R95YRK1