12th Century Castle in the heart of the City

Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically in the heart of Kilkenny city. This impressive 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.

A tour of the Castle will capture your imagination as you move between the Medieval Room, the Castle Gateway, and the Undercroft of the West Tower hearing about the Lords and Ladies of this most impressive home.

The central block of the Castle now includes a library, drawing room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830’s splendour, as well as the beautiful Long Gallery.

The castle has been under the care of the Office of Public Works since 1969 and many important programmes of archaeological excavation, conservation and restoration have been carried out on the grounds.

Take a moment to enjoy the magnificent Castle gardens. Home to mature trees, scrubs, a small burial ground, and an ornamental lake.  Immerse yourself in the splendor of the long established rose garden towards the front of the Castle. Little visitors can enjoy many fun filled hours at the onsite children’s playground.  Finish off your visit with a snack in the Castle Kitchen Tea Rooms. Admission to the gardens is free of charge. Visit www.kilkennycastle.ie for garden opening times.

  • 12th century castle
  • Beautiful grounds and gardens
  • Children’s playground
  • Castle Kitchen Tea Rooms
Open Year Round

Opening Times
October to February 09:30-16:30
March 09:30-17:00
April to May 09:30-17:30
June to August 09:00-17:30
September 09:30-17:30

Last admission 30 minutes before closing



Castle Admission Prices 2020

Adult €8.00
Child/Student €4.00
Senior €6.00
Family €20.00


Useful Information

Guided tours available November to January and take 45mins approx. Self guided tours from February to October (no guided tours).

Guide Books available in English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish & Polish.

Audio-Visual Presentation located in the Medieval Room

No tickets required for visits to the Castle Kitchen Tea-room, Butler Gallery and Medieval Room.




Getting There

Kilkenny Castle is situated in the centre of the city – 15 min walk from MacDonagh Railway Station


Map Location: 52.650462, -7.249298
Contact Kilkenny Castle

The Parade, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Eircode: R95 YRK1
T: +353 (0)56 770 4100
E: bookingskilkennycastle@opw.ie
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