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Kilkenny Castle

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A stately castle dating back to the 13th century.
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The Parade, Kilkenny R95 YRK1, Ireland
+353 56 770 4100
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We enjoyed the 1 hour guided tour of this castle. We watched a 10 minute video which gave some good information before we went on the tour. The castle has been well restored. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit. It is a beautiful representation of that historic period. Our guide was wonderful. She was kind and gentle in her representation of the period and the people who lived there. The Heritage Foundation has done a wonderful job...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

45 people for one tour guide was way too much. John Walsh was great explaining everything but because he had such a large group we were sometimes too far to hear him. If may I give you an advice is to keep the groups no...More

Thank RobertaFloridoDutra
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The grounds and castle are absolutely beautiful. There is a great video onsite that is ten minutes and gives you a great background and history of the castle. If you are going to do the guided tour I recommend arriving at least ten minutes early....More

Thank Katie B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful historical building in the heart of Kilkenny. This castle was built in 1195 and is structurally amazing.

Thank johnburns
Reviewed 5 days ago

Arrived via train from Dublin for a quick couple hours in Kilkenny (not on a tour, just me on a whim wanting something different to see and do). Got there about 30 minutes before closing time so it was a quick run through the grounds....More

Thank syd21300
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Peter, our tour guide was very passionate and informative about the castle. He talked about the original foundations and how it would have looked in its prime. It is very interesting if you are into castles, architecture and history. Also 8€ is a good price...More

Thank RaeGetsLost
Reviewed 6 days ago

On a very brief visit to Kilkenny, myself and my friend had some time to kill. We hadn't planned to visit the castle, but we are extremely glad we did. The castle and grounds are magnificent and definitely worth a visit on their own merits,...More

Thank AlanBuck75
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Its a great place to go to. U can have tea if the place is open. A brilliant place to walk around in. Its a great tourist attraction. Id reccomend it for anyone going to kilkenny.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a lot of fun with the trip. Learned a lot about the Butler family and their influence in Ireland, and the interesting history of the castle. The highlights are definitely the Arabian staircase and the gallery. Those are simply breathtaking. A must see.

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Kathleen S
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Response from Leann K | Reviewed this property |
I would do Kilkenny, but not just for the castle. The town is rich I history and great to walk around. The town was never burned down like most other towns, so the layout has small ally ways that show the towns age.The... More
11 August 2018|
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Response from inisdom |
Hi LB, my preference would be Cahir Castle - my profile picture shows it & was taken in June this year! Cahir is a real castle, a fortress that was built into an island in the river. It still has a working portcullis. The... More
17 February 2018|
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Response from Tracy A | Reviewed this property |
oh and it is St. Canice not Candice. So sorry for not proofreading!