Kilkenny Castle


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 1830’s splendour, as well as the beautiful Long Gallery. 

A suite of former servant’s rooms is the Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary art.  The Parade Tower is the Castle’s conference venue.

Opening Times:

October – March: Daily 10.30 – 12.45, 14.00 – 17.00
April – May: Daily 10.30 – 17.00
June – August: Daily 09.30 – 19.00
September: Daily 10.00 – 18.30
Closed on Good Friday and over Christmas