Kilkenny Castle has stood for over eight centuries, and is one of the premier visitor attractions in the county. Located at a crossing on the River Nore, it was originally built for the 4th Earl of Pembroke, William Marshall, during the 13th Century. Later, it became the possession of the Butler family for almost 600 years, before being presented to the people of Kilkenny in 1967 for a token payment of £50. Now, the castle is in the care of the Office of Public Works, and can be viewed by the public.
The 2017 admission charges is €8.00 for adults, €4.00 for children, and €6.00 for students. A family pass is €20.00. This covers admission to the castle, as well as a guided tour. Information pamphlets are available in multiple languages for international visitors.
A tea-room is also available on site, situated in the castle’s Victorian kitchen. It still contains its original cooking range, with rows of delicate plates and copper pots upon display. It’s open during the castle opening hours, and is a must stop along your tour.
The castle opening hours depend upon the season; and are listed below.
How to get to Kilkenny Castle
The Newpark Hotel is one of the closest hotels to Kilkenny Castle, just a 10 minute drive away. The address of the castle is The Parade, Kilkenny City, R95 YRK1, Ireland and to get there, head south on Castlecomer Road, toward Kilsheelin Heights. Go straight through the roundabout, and take the 2nd exit onto Castlecomer New Road. Continue straight onto John Street Upper/R887 and then turn left on the the Parade. The castle will be on the left.
Accommodation near Kilkenny Castle
The Newpark Hotel is a centrally located 4 star establishment, and is just a 10 minutes’ drive from the castle. The hotel is located on 40 acres of lush parkland, and offers everything from comfortable guest rooms, renowned restaurants, a luxury spa, and nature trails winding throughout the estate.
For families, it also offers an adventure playground, petting farm, go-karting track, and kids club.
Contact Kilkenny Castle
To find out more information about Kilkenny Castle, phone them on +353 56 770 4100, or visit their website here.