Castle Curiosities

With eight centuries of history whispering from its wall, Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland's most iconic and historic sites.

Kilkenny Castle

The original Anglo-Norman stone castle was built during the first decade of the thirteenth century. There have been additions and alterations made to the fabric of the building throughout its long history making it an impressive structure showcasing various architectural styles.

Year-round tours are available and they take approximately one hour to complete. Be sure to check times in advance as they vary season to season. The parkland of the castle has 50 acres for you to explore and it is the perfect place to have a picnic.

There’s even a playground for the children. There are other attractions just a stones throw away such as the Kilkenny Design Centre, the perfect spot for picking up a souvenir of your time in the city.

The castle was owned by the Butler Family for almost 600 years until it was presented to the people of Kilkenny for a token of £50!
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Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Road Train Tours

Hole in the Wall

Frank’s Medieval Tours

Kilkenny Design Centre

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Dig a Little Deeper and look beyond to discover hidden gems

Kilkenny Castle

The Parade, Kilkenny

056 7704100

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kilkennycastle.ie

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.

Kilkenny Road Train Tours

Outside Kilkenny Castle Park, The Parade, Kilkenny

087 6997377

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Sit back and relax on our custom built train and let us bring the wonderful and historic sights of Kilkenny to you. It leaves the Kilkenny Castle at half past the hour, every hour with first departure at 9.30am to final departure at 6.30pm. Sit back and relax on our custom built train and let us bring the wonderful and historic sights of Kilkenny to you. Meander along the picturesque lanes and streets of Kilkenny and let us take you on a nostalgic journey reminiscent of the gone steam train.

Hole in the Wall

17 High Street (rear), Kilkenny

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The Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny's renowned 16th century tavern. It is housed in the oldest surviving townhouse in Ireland - the 1582 Archer Inner House, 17 High St. Fully restored over the past 10 years the Elizabethan building with its tavern, snug and Archer room are now open to visitors for the first time in hundreds of years. Tours currently take place on the weekends and evenings that describe the story of the house against the backdrop of the complex history of political and religious change in Kilkenny over the past 400 years.

Frank’s Medieval Tours

Frank is known to many for once being the topic of conversation at a lunch in Buckingham Palace and to others for throwing an academy award winning actor out of Kilkenny Castle… now that's impressive!! Frank Kavanagh is without a doubt Kilkenny's NO.1 Fan and certainly one of the most familiar faces of Kilkenny, known to many as one of Kilkenny's longest serving tour guides. Story telling for Frank is about connecting to other people and helping people to see what you see. Frank's passionate and friendly tours of Kilkenny Castle and the surrounding historic Kilkenny sites incorporates history, culture and humour with his own personal tales and ghost stories. Franks true character and personality shines with each and every step he takes through the Medieval capital of Ireland, making him a household name to the people of Kilkenny…..

Kilkenny Design Centre

Castle Yard, Kilkenny

056 7722118

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kilkennydesign.com

Kilkenny Design Craft Centre offers an unrivalled selection of Irish handcrafted gifts. While it has many imitators, the Centre remains Ireland’s most prestigious source of Irish gifts of exceptional quality, all chosen with a discerning eye for quality, uniqueness and style. The Centre’s unequalled supplier list, drawn from Ireland’s most eminent craftspeople and designers, gives visitors a uniquely special shopping experience, allowing them to purchase the best of Irish crafts and design under one roof. Visitors from outside of the EU can avail of highly attractive tax free shopping.