Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny

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Preserving more than eight centuries of history within its walls, Kilkenny Castle rises over the Nore River and marks an intersection of several major medieval routes. Although the castle underwent a series of modifications over the ages, it contains three of its original four stone towers, built in 1192 by a Norman invader known to history as "Strongbow." Once a symbol of Norman occupation and a key part of the region's defenses, the castle now attracts thousands of visitors with its extensive gardens and basement art gallery. Also in the basement, the castle kitchen houses a popular tearoom, complete with a Victorian cooking range and rows of pots and plates. To visit Kilkenny Castle on your trip to Kilkenny, use our Kilkenny trip planner.
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  • This was a nice change from all the ruins to see what the castle looked as a residence. The castle was beautiful and the artwork was amazing. We did the guided tour and our guide was great. She able.....  more
    This was a nice change from all the ruins to see what the castle looked as a residence. The castle was beautiful and the artwork was amazing. We did the guided tour and our guide was great. She able.....  more »
  • Visited in April so not to busy but as we had limited time we did not go inside the Castle which has self guided & guided tours. The Gardens are open to the public & that in itself was worth the... 
    Visited in April so not to busy but as we had limited time we did not go inside the Castle which has self guided & guided tours. The Gardens are open to the public & that in itself was worth the...  more »
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  • We've yet to tour inside the castle, but that's definitely on the list for 2021! However, the grounds and playground are absolutely beautiful. So spacious and well-maintained. Friendly and helpful staff. And the location is ideal as it's right in the city centre so every amenity is to hand! Perfect for all ages, but definitely for families with young children. Highly recommend!
  • The castle and castle grounds are just stunning and well kept. Certainly a sight seeing not to miss. The reason I gave 1 star is because I take my daughter for a walk in her stroller daily as it’s the perfect spot. While there is a sign that ball play is only allowed in the back field. One one occasion the stroller was hit by a ball at full speed. Luckily the hood was on otherwise my 5 month old daughter would’ve been hot straight in her face . If the rule is there why not reinforce it?

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