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Kilkenny Castle

Contact Details

Address: The Parade, Kilkenny City
Telephone No.: +353 56 770 4100
Website: www.kilkennycastle.ie

Group Bookings:
Telephone No.: +353 56 770 4106
Fax No.: +353 56 770 4116 
Email: john.burke@opw.ie

Anne Teehan, Events Officer
T:   +353 56 77 04108
E:  anne.teehan@opw.ie

Castle and Park (Foreperson):
Mobile: +353 86 819 1251
E-mail: jaki.jordan@opw.ie

Park and Garden:
Telephone No: +353 87 6349153
E-mail: colm.mangan@opw.ie


Opening Hours


Please note:  Due to a State Event, Kilkenny Castle will be closed to the public on the morning of Wednesday 29th May 2013 until 12 noon.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Oct. - Feb:      Daily   09.30 - 16.30

March:            Daily   09.30 - 17.00

April - May:     Daily   09.30 - 17.30

June - Aug.     Daily   09.00 - 17.30

Sept.               Daily   09.30 - 17.30

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour

Access: Self-guiding visit.

Admission Fees

Adult: €6.00
Senior / Group (20+): €4.00
Student / Child (over 6): €2.50
Family: €14.00


Exhibitions, Toilets, Playground in the Park, Gardens, Conference Centre, Public car park near site. Toilet for visitors with disabilities available on request.

Audio guide: English

Guiding leaflet in Braille available on request.

Restaurants/Tearooms: Restaurant facilities in the Victorian Castle Kitchen.  Seating capacity: 40.  Telephone: +353 56 771 2790. 

E-mail:  reservations@langtons.ie


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.

Location: Kilkenny City

Bus Route(s): N/A

Duration of visit: approximately 45 minutes

Groups of ten or more people must be pre-booked. Contact John Burke, Tel. +353 5677704106. Email john.burke@opw.ie

Tours of the park available by prior booking. Contact: Colm Mangan, Tel. +353 876349153. Email: colm.mangan@opw.ie

Audio Guide: English

Leaflet/Guide Book: English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish

Audio-Visual Presentation: 12 minutes, English.  Free Admission
Located in the Medieval Room

Seasonal Events: Check with site for details

Photography/Video: Not permitted on tour

Additional Information:

Unscheduled closure may occur over the winter months for essential maintenance; please check with site for details
Access for visitors with disabilities to ground floor and the gardens only

Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months.

Children must be supervised at all times.

The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle

The Parade Tower is the dedicated events section of Kilkenny Castle incorporating its entire west wing. An amazing restoration, where old and new have been cleverly integrated. This state of the art conference centre is truly unique as it is situated in one of the castle's twelfth century towers. A very fine location for conferences, receptions, launches, gala dinners as well as cultural and artistic events.

For futher information, please contact:
Anne Teehan
Conference and Events Officer
Office of Public Works
The Parade Tower
Kilkenny Castle

T:   +353 56 77 04108
F:  +353 56 77 04121

Email: anne.teehan@opw.ie


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