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Kilkenny Castle

The jewel in the crown of an enchanting medieval city


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Kilkenny Castle

The jewel in the crown of an enchanting medieval city


See all opening times


Self Guided:
Adult; €8.00
Senior/ Group: €6.00
Child / Student:€4.00
Family: €20.00

New Summer offering – Guided:

Adult: €12.00

Senior: €10.00

Child/Student: €6.00

Family: €30.00


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The Parade
Kilkenny City
R95 YRK1

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Kilkenny Castle

Built in the twelfth century, Kilkenny Castle was the principal seat of the Butlers, earls, marquesses and dukes of Ormond for almost 600 years. Under the powerful Butler family, Kilkenny grew into a thriving and vibrant city. Its lively atmosphere can still be felt today.

The castle, set in extensive parkland, was remodelled in Victorian times. It was formally taken over by the Irish State in 1969 and since then has undergone ambitious restoration works. It now welcomes thousands of visitors a year.

The central block includes a library, drawing room, nursery and bedrooms decorated in 1830s splendour. The magnificent Picture Gallery is situated in the east wing of Kilkenny Castle.This stunning space dates from the 19th century and was built primarily to house the Butler Family's fine collection of paintings.

Opening Times

Open all year

April – September 

Daily : 09:15 – 17:30.

Last admission 17:00.

October- March

Daily 09:30- 17:00

Last admission 16:30





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


Seasonal Opening Times


January 09:00 – 16:30
February 09:00 – 17:30
March 08:30 – 18:00
April 08:30 – 19:30
May, June, July and August 08:30 – 20:30
September 08:30 – 19:30
October 08:30 – 18:00
November 09:00 – 17:00
December 09:00 – 16:30



The Parade
Kilkenny City
R95 YRK1

046 942 3249

Getting Here

Located in Kilkenny City

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  • Art
  • Baby Changing
  • Brochure
  • Café
  • Card Accepted
  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • WiFi


  • Hold hand rail
  • Limited Access


Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Kilkenny Castle. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Kilkenny Castle.

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Download the Social Guide (Child)

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