Kilkenny Castle

Contact Details

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

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

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

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

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

For all other queries please e-mail:

Opening Hours


PLEASE NOTETo prepare for an exciting programme of Christmas events, Kilkenny Castle will be closed to the public for three days 26th - 28th November inclusive.  There will be access to our film presentation in the Medieval Room of the Parade Tower (free of charge).

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The castle will fully re-open to the public on Saturday 29th November.  The stunning Christmas calendar of festivities will be officially launched on Tuesday 2nd December by Minister of State, with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Simon Harris, TD.



March               Daily 09.30 - 17.00

April - May        Daily 09.30 - 17.30

June - August   Daily 09.00 - 17.30

September       Daily 09.30 - 17.30

October            Daily 09.30 - 17.30

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour


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.

Christmas and New Year opening arrangements:

The Castle will close at 13.00 on Wednesday 24th December and will reopen as normal on Saturday 27th December 2014 at 09.30

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.



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

Event Calendar

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