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Kilkenny Castle

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A stately castle dating back to the 13th century.
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The Parade, Kilkenny R95 YRK1, Ireland
+353 56 770 4100
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Reviewed today

Not a castle as in a fortress more a stately home in the center of Kilkenny. A really fascinating castle with many wonderful rooms in particular the beautiful Picture Gallery Wing. There were plenty of friendly and helpful staff available, The gardens and grounds are...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely loved it. Huge garden with a wonderful long nature trail. Staff throughout the castle were helpful and friendly.

Thank Curious238401
Reviewed yesterday

A castle built in the first decade of the thirteenth century for the the 4th Earl of Pembroke, it became the Irish home of the Butler family for almost 600 years until1967 when it was presented to the people of Kilkenny. The interior was attractive...More

Thank Barb R
Reviewed yesterday

It is an inexpensive way to learn about the castle, and see what it was like back in the day. You can visit the grounds for free, they have massive walking paths on the grounds. It would not be recommended for young children, though they...More

Thank ycnanb
Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived early to walk in the garden before the castle was opened and got busy. Once inside the castle the staff was friendly and helpful. Don't miss the room of portraits! The details inside are fascinating. Hard to believe a family lived there.definitely worth...More

Thank KayB1630
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lots of things to see in this great castle. Plan on about 90 minutes if you want to seem most of the interior. Also good story about how it was renovated in the past few decades.

Thank 2005-travel-lover
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful Castle to help you understand the history of the river town of Kilkenny. Walk at your own pace, arrive early before the bus tours to enjoy the wonderful job the OPW has done in restoring this jewel of a castle and gardens.

Thank Arequipa1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The gardens and castle, according to Google, comprise of almost 50 Acres. We did not walk anywhere near that, however the portion we did see and walk comprise the epitome of what one thinks when thinking of the emerald rolling plains of Ireland.

Thank Natasha S
Reviewed 4 days ago

I'm American, so maybe castles aren't as cool to the Irish and Europeans, but to those of us who aren't exposed to them they're very interesting. I really love the town and it's one of the nicer castles I visits on the other side of...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 5 days ago

How could anyone not visit the castle that overlooks the city? You could spend a couple of hours visiting the castle and the surrounding gardens and walks along the River Nore easily. An amazing job has been done to restore this castle. The Long Gallery...More

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10 August 2018|
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Response from Don M | Reviewed this property |
We only saw Kilkenny Castle but it was very worthwhile. It’s been faithfully restored and presents well. We enjoyed Kilkenny its self as well!
16 February 2018|
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Response from Tracy A | Reviewed this property |
oh and it is St. Canice not Candice. So sorry for not proofreading!
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Response from Niall F | Reviewed this property |
Yes. On a lead.