You can only visit the castle by a guided tour and a guided tour is only available form 11-4pm, 2 every hour. You're forced to leave your camera and bags before the tour. Our tour guide was great though, very cheerful and informative.
The first fortress at Kilkenny was built by Strongbow in 1172. The stone construction was begun in the 1192s but not completed until the 1800s! It was home to the Butler family for more than 500 years from 1391 to 1931. The castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens full of hedges and statues, along the bank of the River Nore. Kilkenny Castle was granted to the city of Kilkenny in 1967, and it is now a national monument.
The amazing Kilkenny Castle is a must see. William the Earl Marshall built the first stone castle on the site, which was completed in 1213. This was a square-shaped castle with towers at each corner; three of the original four towers survive to this day. The Butler family bought the Castle in 1391 and their descendants lived there until 1935. Something you learn on the guided tour is most of the furnishings were sold at an auction. The city bought the castle in 1967 for 50 pounds!
Kilkenny Castle has daily guided tours, which run roughly an hour. Admission is € 5 for an adult. Reserve your space for the tour when you first get to Kilkenny due to time slots fill up quickly. Cameras are not allowed inside the castle and you will be directed to place your camera and large bags in the free coat check.
The guide will point out items that were originally sold at auction that were purchased back. You are taken through many of the rooms and even one of the servants staircases. It was very interesting and I learned a lot that about the castle.
After the tour, be sure to tour the grounds and check out the family burial plot. The tombstone for the family dog is more elaborate than the family's!
This is the largest of the Irish castles I had a chance to visit. Apparently, the castle was built during the time of the Norman invasions. But, it has obviously been modernized much like other Irish castles I've seen.
I had a chance to visit the interior as well. The Castle now acts as a museum for a bit of Irish history.
The castel in Kilkenny is extremely cold inside so make sure you hang onto your coat and don't put it in the coat check. It is an interesting tour though and the tour guide, Seamus O'Brian, is overly Irish and very enthusiastic.
The only way and best way in my opinion to see the castle is on a guided tour, the castle stands high above the city and is as brilliant inside as out, offering some grand rooms to view and fantastic architecture.
A first castle was build at this site in 12th century, which later was remodelled. It was the principal seat of the Butler family who lived there for over 500 years.
The castle can be visited (admission 5 Euro for adults), but as we’ve been there in the evening it was already closed. Also the park of the castle had been closed, what a pity! So we could only get an impression on the castle from outside, it looks quite huge!
The first structure on this strategic site overlooking the River Nore was a wooden tower built in 1172 by the Anglo-Norman conqueror of Ireland, Richard de Clare, also known as Strongbow. Twenty years later his son in law William Marshall erected a stone castle with four towers, three of which are part of the current structure. The castle was bought by the powerful Butler family in 1391, and their descendents continued to live there until 1935. Maintaining the castle became such an enormous expense and most of the furnishings were sold at an auction. The city bought the castle in 1967 for the huge sum of 50 pounds (now about $75 US).
My mind is blanking when I think what to write about the Castle. I really should have listened in class when its history was all explained to us. I'll have to buy a guide and brush up on my history next time I'm home.
This 12th century castle was remodelled during Victorian times. it is set in vast parklands. The castle overlooks the river Nore and has guarded this important river crossing for more than 900 years.
kilkenny castle is surrounded by a beautiful park and gardens. the gardens are open to the public and there is no admission charge.
Check out the Caste when you're in Kilkenny.. I didn't go inside though, since I was busy checking out all of the pubs. But the outside view was cool.
You can't miss this castle right in the heart of Kilkenny. Beautiful gardens surround the castle and its a very nice way to spend an afternoon especially if its sunny.
Castle interior and grounds are well worth a visit.
It has 2 very distinct aspects, so try to photograph it AM and PM. THis is the west face, and is a PM shot.