Long Gallery

Kilkenny Castle

Contact Details


The Parade
Kilkenny City
R95 YRK1

Tel No.: +353 56 770 4100
Website: www.kilkennycastle.ie

Group Bookings (10 +) 
Tel No.: +353 56 770 4106
Fax No.: +353 56 770 4116 
Email: bookingskilkennycastle@opw.ie

Conference & Events:
Tel No.:   +353 56 77 04108
Email:  kilkennycastleevents@opw.ie

Castle (Foreperson):
Mobile: +353 86 819 1251
Email: jaki.jordan@opw.ie

Park and Garden (Foreperson):
Tel No.: +353 87 634 9153
Email: colm.mangan@opw.ie

For all other queries:
Email : kilkennycasteinfo@opw.ie

Opening Hours



October to March - Daily -  09.30 to 17.00

April to September - Daily - 09.15 to 17.30



March - Daily - 08.30 to 18.00

April - Daily - 08.30 to 19.30

May to August - Daily - 08.30 to 20.30

September - Daily - 08.30 to 19.30

October - Daily - 08.30 to 18.00

November - Daily - 09.00 to 17.00

December & January - Daily - 09.00 to 16.30.

Please check website for opening arrangements for Christmas and New Year



High Season:

Both Self-guided and Guided visit and last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Low Season :
Visit by guided tour only and last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Arrangements may be subject to change, please check with site.

Admission Fees

Guided Tours
Adult: €12.00
Senior : €10.00
Student / Child : €6.00
Family: €30.00

Self Guided Tours
Adult: €8.00
Senior / Group (20+): €6.00
Student / Child : €4.00
Family: €20.00


Exhibitions, Toilets, Playground in the Park, Gardens, Conference Centre, Public car park near site. Accessible toilet facilitiesare 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.  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. Email: colm.mangan@opw.ie

Seasonal Events: Check with site for details

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

Leaflet: English and Gaeilge

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

Guiding Leaflet in Braille available on request.

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

E-mail: anne.teehan@opw.ie

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