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Kilkenny Castle


Tel: 056 7704100
Fax: 056 7704116 /

Go back in time to a 12th Century castle, remodelled and restored and set in 1830's splendour and extensive parklands: includes art gallery and playground. Publications are also on sale.

Access for visitors with disabilities to ground floor and the gardens only.

BrochureDownload Kilkenny Castle Brochure (1.15 MB PDF)
Audio Guide of Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the 'High Town' of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles.

The original Anglo-Norman stone castle was built for William Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke (c.1146-1219) during the first decade of the  thirteenth century. Kilkenny Castle later became the principal Irish residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years. The Butler ownership began when James (c.1360-1405), 3rd Earl of Ormond, purchased the castle in c.1391, and lasted until 1967 when Arthur, 6th Marquess of Ormonde (1893-1971), presented it to the people of Kilkenny in return for a token payment of £50.

The buildings have been in the care of the Office of Public Works since 1969, and many important programmes of archaeological excavation, conservation, and restoration have been carried out there.

Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months, Average length of visit: 1 hour.

To join a talk in the Long Gallery as part of your visit, please check with site for daily schedule.

Opening Arrangements:

Date Day Time
October - February Daily 09.30 - 16.30
March Daily 09.30 - 17.00
April - May Daily 09.30 - 17.30
June - August Daily 09.00 - 17.30
September Daily 09.30 - 17.30

From the first of February until 31st October, access to the Castle is self-guided.

Admissions Charges:

  • Adult: €7
  • Senior (60+) / Group (+20): €5
  • Child (6-18) / Student: €3
  • Family: €17

Groups of 10 people and more must be pre-booked.
Bookings: by telephone: +353 56 770 4106, by fax: +353 56 770 4116 or by e-mail:





Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

Tickets - €11. What an amazing setting in which to enjoy a wonderful evening of cinema and not forgetting a picnic - weather permitting.

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 21:00
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 21:00
Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to present Wild Air Run in the Castle Park from the 15th to 17th July.

Wild Air Run is more than just an incredibly fun and exciting 5k, it’s an experience with a difference. All ages (7+) and fitness levels can enjoy the Wild Air Run, Ireland’s first inflatable 5k course.

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

OPW is delighted to welcome back the always popular Kilkenny Motor Club to present their Classic Cars. Do come along and admire these gorgeous cars and chat with the Owners - all free....,36403,en.html

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 21:00
Kilkenny City





Red Bull Longest Day, Ireland’s only 5-a- side hurling and camogie tournament returns this year and will take place in Kilkenny Castle on Saturday (18th June).

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

Ticket - FREE! OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to welcome the Vestfossen Mannskor from Norway directed by Per Comperud in the Castle Park on Friday 17 June 2016.,36432,en.html

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

Kilkenny provides the historic backdrop for Ireland’s 2nd Medieval Marathon on 16th September 2017.  Participants will set off from the grounds of Kilkenny Castle at 2pm. The route will take in some of the most historic sites in the city before winding out the country roads, making its way back to Kilkenny to finish on The Parade in the heart of the city.

More information can be found at


The city will play host to a 30k, half marathon and 10k race.

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership (KRSP) and the Irish Sports Council is delighted to be working in association with RTE's Operation Transformation Programme for the sixth year running in 2016. The annual Irish Sports Council Nationwide Walking Event will take place on the 9th of January 2016 and will be run in three venues in Kilkenny by KRSP; in conjunction with Operation Transformation.

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

Free concert from the University of Wyoming Western Thunder Marching Band at Kilkenny Castle as part of their tour of Ireland. They will be performing on the grounds of Kilkenny Castle at 12.30pm + the Parade plaza at 1.30pm,35868,en.html

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 21:00
Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to present our annual Christmas Programme full of festive and fun FREE events for all the family.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

The annual Kilkenny Santa Run will take place on Saturday 12th December at 12noon with all in Santa attire.

This annual fun event heralds Christmas and this year's proceeds will go the local Fr. McGrath Centre.

Registration will be at Left Bank from 10am or enter online at 

Entry - Child:  €5 / Adult €10 / Family €20,35787,en.html