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Kilkenny Castle

History & Politics

Explore Kilkenny Castle in Ireland's Ancient East


Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.

Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830s splendour as well as the beautiful long gallery.

The old castle kitchen operates as a tea room during the summer. A suite of former servant’s rooms is the Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary art.

Useful Information
Duration of visit

60 minutes approximately


Opening Times

October to February: Monday – Sunday, 09.30 – 16.30

March: Monday – Sunday, 09.30 – 17.00

April, May & September: Monday – Sunday, 09.30 – 17.30

June to August: Monday – Sunday, 09.00 – 17.30


February 1st to October 31st, self-guided visit and last admission 30 minutes before closing. November 1st to January 31st, visit by guided tour only and last admission 45 minutes before closing. Arrangements may be subject to change, please check with site.

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