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“A window into wealthy 19th Century life”
Review of Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle
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Owner description: A stately castle dating back to the 13th century.
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Although most descriptions we’ve read of Kilkenny Castle led us to expect sense of the medieval, what we found was a grand structure embodying the fascination wealthy 19th Century families had with long-bygone times. I ventured down to the basement, where the medieval foundation was still visible through glass panels set into the floor and an impression of a straw dome o the sort used for scaffolding arched over the room from which one could see the sally-port, the small door through which castle soldiers would sneak out to harass sieging armies.

The main floor contained a stately dining room and the drawing room to which ladies would retire after dinner, while the men remained at table sipping brandy and smoking cigars. Upstairs, the famous Long Hall, its beams adorned with heads of fantastic beasts, sported dozens of portraits of members of the Butler family, royalists who had decamped for London, leaving the place neglected for decades. Off the hall, the bedrooms, library, family withdrawing room and nursery were furnished with everyday items from the period, though not original to the house. Most of the windows looked out on acres of lovely lawn and gardens, and the video that ran in a room across the courtyard provided an informative overview of the history of the castle and of the Butler family.

Thank Sandy S
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Such an interesting place to visit. Obviously, so much history. They have guides to give you the history. Another option is to grab a pamphlet or download a self guided app about the castle and read as you walk through. We would go back again if we ever go to Ireland again.

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Reviewed 19 April 2017

We loved our trip to Kilkenny, specifically the castle visit. We went on the Saturday before Easter but surprisingly it wasn't very busy. It was nice to look out the castle windows and see locals just walking the gardens or playing soccer in the grass. You can tell that this castle is part of the city, not just a tourist draw. The tour allows you to invision the castle over several centuries of use. The décor and furniture are awesome. I especially enjoyed the Moorish staircase. Lovely visit!

Thank Jessica K
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

This castle is worth to be visited. Especially when you read during the visit all the reconstruction it needed. All with high respect of the place. It is unbelievable all the work it needed. The gallery is fantastic.
Castle entrance is with fee, while the garden is with free access. Nice play to run by the way.

Thank haranseb
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

The Castle is very well maintained, the guide was very knowledgeable and could answer all our questions. The rooms have most of the original furniture, and paintings. The outside grounds is free to walk and well maintained. The view of the river from the castle is outstanding.

Thank Chester B
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