Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle: Hours, Address, Kilkenny Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Kilkenny Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles • Parks
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09:30 - 16:30
Monday
09:30 - 16:30
Tuesday
09:30 - 16:30
Wednesday
09:30 - 16:30
Thursday
09:30 - 16:30
Friday
09:30 - 16:30
Saturday
09:30 - 16:30
Sunday
09:30 - 16:30
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About
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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1-2 hours
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Sandra H
225 contributions
Oct 2021
There is a reason why this is a much sort after castle to visit. The tour is self guided (at least ours was) and it was very interesting to learn about its rich history.
Written 25 June 2022
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JefSch75
Marion, IA77 contributions
Jun 2022
We stopped by the castle as we got into Kilkenny. It will only take you 45-90 minutes to get through it and the historical significance of the castle is very cool to learn about. The gardens/grounds are fantastic as well.
Written 25 June 2022
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Kirkland
14 contributions
Jun 2022
We took the guided tour, which was well worth it. It includes going underground where remnants of the original castle can be seen and also entry to some rooms in the residence above which are closed to the public. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided an interesting insights into the life and times of the castle. A stroll through the rose garden is also a must.
Written 24 June 2022
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Jaimee G
Urbana, IL378 contributions
Jun 2022
There are a LOT of castles in Ireland and this one was only okay. It was our first castle on our trip so it felt pretty neat at the time, but looking back, it wasn't the most interesting by far. The grounds are free to walk around (fountain, garden, grass) and you could get some decent pictures of the castle from the outside. The tour allows you inside to see some reconstructed rooms with a pamphlet and signs to guide you. So depending on if you plan to see other castles or not, this one might or might not be worth it. We enjoyed Cahir castle more than this one.
Written 22 June 2022
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MRS.TRAVELS.OFTEN
Tecumseh, Canada1,298 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This is a beautiful castle and the grounds are amazing. I didn’t take the tour but you can enjoy the grounds for free. Great photo op. There is paid parking on the street in front of you can find it. There was a little room open playing an informational video for a couple people .
Written 22 June 2022
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Erin_in_Texas
Dallas, TX32 contributions
Jun 2022
The castle was interesting enough, and if it is the only castle you see it is worth it. But it was our least favorite stop on our 8 day trip around Ireland.
Written 20 June 2022
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A T
Naples, FL1,250 contributions
Jun 2022
The property itself was huge. The grounds were well kept and many enjoyed sitting on the grass outside of the castle.

Upon entering and showing proof of payment, our group walked to an area where our guide gave us earpieces where we could clearly hear throughout the tour. Our guide was quite knowledgeable and carefully explained the history of each room.

The art, furniture, and tapestries were magnificent. I would suggest the one hour guided tour rather than the self guided tour.
Written 12 June 2022
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MarinaFollowsTheSun
Berlin, Germany1,715 contributions
May 2022
Charming little castle with beautifully decorated rooms, great art and a wonderful garden.
The museum ist only 8€, which I feel is absolutely worth it. You can walk the ground for free though. Especially the Rose Garden is stunning.
Written 6 June 2022
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Marius P
Oslo, Norway1,646 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
A great tour lasting one hour about the castle and details about the exterior, interior and the families that lived there.
Written 5 June 2022
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Laura D
2 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This is such a special place. I’ve never seen a castle like it. The grounds and gardens are so well kept also. It’s just beautiful
Written 1 June 2022
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