Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles • Parks
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09:15 - 17:00
Monday
09:15 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:15 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:15 - 17:00
Thursday
09:15 - 17:00
Friday
09:15 - 17:00
Saturday
09:15 - 17:00
Sunday
09:15 - 17:00
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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. Today, Kilkenny Castle is open to visitors all year round and is largely a Victorian remodelling of the thirteenth century defensive Castle
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  • Mary Q
    2 contributions
    Highly recommended
    A highlight of any trip to Kilkenny, especially at the moment when you can also visit the Ros Tapestry as part of the free self-guided tour. Visitors must book timed entrance tickets in advance, meaning that there is space to see and enjoy the displays inside and appreciate the amazing work that the restorers have carried out without feeling crowded. You can take photographs (without flash) throughout and there are information points in each area so the self-guided element works well. Worth noting there are lots of short flights of stairs as you move from one level to another. Sanitiser stations are available and the whole building was spotless. The staff we met were very friendly and knowledgable. Thank you to all of them for a very enjoyable visit.
    Visited August 2021
    Written 24 August 2021
  • Susan M
    Dublin, Ireland323 contributions
    Amazing.
    We did the guided tour of this Beautiful Castle built in the 12th Century. It is in the style of Windsor Castle in England. The guide was fantastic, there were only 6 of us on the tour and so we got an extra bit of history! There are more archaeological findings going on right now so there is a great sense of excitement that. We highly recommend a tour (guided), you feel the sense of history within it's walls.
    Visited January 2020
    Written 18 January 2020
  • Elizabeth C
    10 contributions
    The Best Tour on our Trip
    I am not one to love museums and old places, but this was a trip highlight for our group of 6(4 adults and 2 young children). The kids were a little restless by the end, but the Playground at the Castle was a great treat and the sun came out for a bit. The guided tour was totally worth the extra cost. Our guide weaved a narrative that we could not have found on a self-guided tour. The cafe in the basement is a nice stop as well!
    Visited March 2020
    Written 22 March 2020
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cbryant13
Canal Winchester, OH110 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Lots of very beautiful art and architecture. It was raining pretty good during our visit, so no outdoor sightseeing. The castle was remodeled in Victorian style but the original bones from the 1260 construction are still there.
Written 30 September 2023
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sexysun
Ft Worth, tx200 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
So interesting. History is actually more current. Take the lead tour to get more insight. American connection is fascinating.
Written 26 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the guided tour of the Castle.
Written 27 September 2023
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Walter P
Brantford, Canada85 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
We started by walking around the grounds on the River Nore side then back towards the castle. So beautiful early in the morning. The amount of portraits was kind of mind blowing. The history of the families that lived there and are still descendants around today was wild. The Great Hall was amazing. A great tour and glimpse into the past.
Written 23 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit of the City and the Castle. The morning is always a good time to visit as the Castle and city are quieter.
Written 25 September 2023
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Mike B
Mineral, VA1,013 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Very interesting and informative tour, and our guide Andre did a great job with it. It was cool seeing parts of the original castle, and then seeing the parts that had been modified in a French style for those who lived there. And after the tour, Kilkenny is a cool little town that's easy to walk around.
Written 17 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. I will pass on your positive comment to our colleague Andrei. We are delighted that you enjoyed viewing the medieval foundations and the ducal Palace Room.
Written 18 September 2023
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Donna P
Phoenix, AZ182 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
My husband and I did the self guided walking tour. We were able to walk through the castle at our leisure. I didn’t feel we missed out by not going with a tour.
Written 16 September 2023
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Many thanks for leaving a review, we are delighted that you enjoyed the self-guided visit of the Castle. The self-guided option is ideal for visitors wishing to visit the period rooms and exhibition rooms at their own pace. Our guided tour option is perfect for visitors interested in learning about the stories of the Family and Castle. The guided tour also gives exclusive access to the Medieval foundation and the Ducal Palace exhibition.
Written 18 September 2023
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Cindy T
Pinellas Park, FL92 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
I visited the castle on a tour, and it was well worth the stop. The grounds are breathtaking, and views of them from inside are lovely. The furnishings and artwork in the castle were magnificent. The tour app was not working well for us, but we just wandered around and read the sign boards. I especially liked in many of the rooms they showed samples of the original wallpaper they had found during renovations. Great to see that history retained.
The town of Kilkenny itself is adorable! We walked all around, went into many shops, and picked up a great lunch at Blaa Blaa Blaa 😊
Written 13 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time in Kilkenny and that you had a great time visiting the Castle. We will check the audioguide to ensure it is working correctly.
Written 14 September 2023
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ty h
Granbury, TX4 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Kilkenny Castle may not be as large as some others but it has a fascinating story, great architectural features and great art work. A bonus at the end of the tour is some great pastries and drinks to sample.
Written 10 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit of Kilkenny Castle
Written 13 September 2023
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Ron T
Greenville, SC3,872 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Saw this castle on a MON morning after our arrival the night before in Kilkenny. We did the self guided tour - very nice.
Written 10 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the self-guided visit of the Castle.
Written 12 September 2023
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Donna L
11 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
We didn't go inside as I was such a beautiful day. We had a pit stop at the terrace cafe for a cup of tea and a scone. Lovely service and good value for money. Stunning gardens
Written 10 September 2023
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Many thanks for leaving a review. We are delighted that you have enjoyed the gardens! we hope you will get an opportunity to visit the Castle on your next visit.
Written 12 September 2023
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Wanderer783934
47 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The castle was amazing . The history of how it went into decline and then the people restored the castle to its glory. Worth a visit.
Written 8 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad you enjoyed the history of the restoration of the buidling
Written 9 September 2023
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