Kilkenny Castle

Contact Details

Address: The Parade, Kilkenny City
Tel No.: +353 56 770 4100

Group Bookings (10 +) 
Tel No.: +353 56 770 4106
Fax No.: +353 56 770 4116 

Conference & Events:
Tel No.:   +353 56 77 04108

Castle (Foreperson):
Mobile: +353 86 819 1251

Park and Garden (Foreperson):
Tel No.: +353 87 634 9153


Opening Hours


October to February - 09.30 to 16.30

March - 09.30 to 17.00

April and May - 09.30 to 17.30

June to August - 09.00 to 17.30

September - 09.30 to 17.30


February 1st to October 31st, self-guided visit and last admission 30 minutes before closing. November 1st to January 31st, visit by guided tour only and last admission 45 minutes before closing. Arrangements may be subject to change, please check with site.

Admission Fees

Adult: €7.00
Senior / Group (20+): €5.00
Student / Child (over 6): €3.00
Family: €17.00


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



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

Duration of visit: approximately 45 minutes

Tours of the park available by prior booking. Contact: Colm Mangan, Tel. +353 87 634 9153. E-mail:

Seasonal Events: Check with site for details

Photography/Video: Not permitted on tour

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

Leaflet: English and Gaeilge

Information Pamphlet: Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian & Spanish.

Guiding Leaflet in Braille available on request.

Audio-Guide: English

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

Tea Rooms: Situated in the Castle's Victorian Kitchen with its original cooking range and rows of copper pots. Castle's Opening Hours.

Additional Information:

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 (under the age of 18 years) must be supervised at all times.

OPW Child Protection Policy (PDF)

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

Tel:   +353 56 770 4108
Fax:  +353 56 770 4121


New Permanent Orienteering Course at Kilkenny Castle Park

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