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Is Kilkenny Castle Worth Visiting?

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The Kilkenny Castle tour is very informative, the grounds are amazing and you can take a nice stroll after visiting the castle. As such the castle is definitely worth a visit.

Is Kilkenny Castle Worth Visiting?


Why is Kilkenny Castle famous?

Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland’s biggest, historically most influential and famous castles. A trip to Kilkenny Castle will give you as the visitor a wealth of information about County Kilkenny’s heritage and the significance of the county to the nation.

Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways. As  a symbol of Norman occupation it would have formed an important element of the defenses of the town with four large circular corner towers and a massive ditch, part of which can still be seen today on the Parade.

In 1967 the ownership of the castle was transferred to the people of Kilkenny for a token payment of £50 and the castle and grounds are now managed by the Office of Public Works. The gardens and parkland adjoining the castle are open to the public. 

How much time do you need at Kilkenny Castle?

A proper tour of the castle would take you between 45 minutes and an hour. 

What is inside Kilkenny Castle?

In the east wing of Kilkenny Castle you will find the awesome Picture Gallery which dates back to the 19th century and it was originally constructed to house the Butler Family’s fine collection of paintings.

The central block includes a library, drawing room, nursery and a number of bedrooms beautiful decorated.

Who owns Kilkenny Castle?

In 1967 the Marquess of Ormond sold Kilkenny Castle to the State for a token sum of £50 and it now belongs to the people of Ireland.  The castle has been open  to the public since 1976.

Is Kilkenny Castle in the town?

Kilkenny Castle is on the River Nore and overlooks the town of Kilkenny.

How long is the train journey from Dublin to Kilkenny?

There is a direct train between Dublin and Kilkenny  departing from Heuston station in Dublin and arriving at Kilkenny MacDonagh. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 38m.

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Last updated May 29, 2023


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