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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: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

The Super Milk Wild Air Run is an experience with a difference. All ages (7+) and fitness levels can enjoy Ireland’s first inflatable obstacle course. We are bringing you BIGGER & BETTER in 2017! New obstacles, new elements and a whole lot more fun! Join the 20,000+ people that got involved and had EXTREME FUN in Summer 2016.

Date: 
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

Tickets - free. OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to welcome the award winning - PACIFIC NORTHWEST INTERCOLLEGIATE MARCHING BAND - to Kilkenny Castle Park on Thursday 16th March at 3:15pm.  

This will be another wonderful spectacle as the Band draws its membership form the three largest universities within the United States Pacific Northwest - (University of Washington, University of Oregon and Washington State University).  Following their much anticipated performance at Kilkenny Castle Park, the Band will continue to Dublin for the St Patrick's Day Parade on the following day.

Date: 
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

OPW Kilkenny Castle is please to welcome the annual Fit for Life's 5k St Patrick's Day Dash on Friday 17 March at 11am! 

Date: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to welcome DeKalb High School Marching Band (from Illinois, USA) to Kilkenny Castle Park on Wednesday 15th March 2017 with a FREE performance beginning at 2pm (weather permitting).  

Do come along and enjoy this wonderful spectacle ......

Date: 
Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 21:00
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 21:00
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 21:00
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 21:00
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 21:00
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Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 21:00
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Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 21:00
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Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 21:00
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Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

The Farmer's Market takes place on the Parade in Kilkenny on Thursday's.

You'll fnd a great selection of local crafts, food and much more.

Date: 
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to welcome 5k Butterfly Fun Run back to Kilkenny Castle Park for its third year on Sunday 25th September 2016 at 12noon.

Registration will take place at Kilkenny Castle Park Gate and all proceeds will go to O'Neill Centre (Enable Ireland), Kilkenny  -  Adults €10 / Family €25

This Butterfly Fun Run is in memory of Holly Gorey & Roísín Redmond.

http://kilkennycastle.ie/NewsEvents/Title,36847,en.html

Date: 
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

Registration from 12pm, Dog Walk from 1pm to 2pm, Vets Stand, Dog Training & more from 2pm to 4pm with Dog Show at 3pm

Date: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

Happenings & KPB Live present an outdoor screening of the classic "Dirty Dancing". Gates open at 7:30 PM, with the film to start around 8:00 PM

Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Baby has grown up in privileged surroundings and all expect her to go on to college, join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, just like her father. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle, a man whose background is vastly different from her own.

Date: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 21:00
Kilkenny City

Free lunchtime concert at Kilkenny Castle Park from 1.15pm to 2pm. Do come along and join us, as this will be a fabulous atmospheric performance - as always!

Date: 
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 21:00
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 21:00
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 21:00
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 21:00
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 21:00
Kilkenny

Rás na mBan is the premier women's cycling event in Ireland. In its current format it runs for five days with a total of six stages to a total of over 400km of racing action covering much of Kilkenny City and County.

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