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Tel: 056 7704100
Fax: 056 7704116

Emailanne.teehan@opw.ie / jaki.jordan@opw.ie
Web: http://www.kilkennycastle.ie/en/ 

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 Castlehttp://abartaaudioguides.com/our-guides/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: john.burke@opw.ie

 

 

 

 

Date: 
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

The Office of Public Works, Kilkenny Castle is delighted to welcome back the Army No. 1 Band on Wednesday 23 September at 1:30pm to the grounds of Kilkenny Castle. 

Following their superb performance at the Castle Park in June, this FREE performance is not to be missed!

A little background information on the Army Band:

The Army No. 2 Band was formed in April 1925 at Beggars Bush Barracks, Dublin. It was posted to Cork the following year, where it is currently stationed at Collins Barracks.

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Kilkenny City

It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock. Every Saturday at 9:30am. The event takes place at Castle Park and it's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.

Date: 
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to facilitate Kilkenny Triathlon Club's - Sprint Distance Triathlon - at Kilkenny Castle Park on Sunday 30th August starting at 11am. Sprint Distance includes 750m Swim in River Nore, 20k Cycle and 5k Run.

http://www.kilkennycastle.ie/NewsEvents/Title,35034,en.html

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