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Preserving more than eight centuries of history within its walls, Kilkenny Castle rises over the Nore River and marks an intersection of several major medieval routes. Although the castle underwent a series of modifications over the ages, it contains three of its original four stone towers, built in 1192 by a Norman invader known to history as "Strongbow." Once a symbol of Norman occupation and a key part of the region's defenses, the castle now attracts thousands of visitors with its extensive gardens and basement art gallery. Also in the basement, the castle kitchen houses a popular tearoom, complete with a Victorian cooking range and rows of pots and plates. To visit Kilkenny Castle on your trip to Kilkenny, use our Kilkenny trip planner .
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Kilkenny Castle Reviews
Great place for a picnic on the public access grounds. Cromwell destroyed the southern wall. It was remodeled to imitate a French Chateau. Very impressive and worth a visit. more »
great representation of an irish castle. went on the first monday of the month and there was no fee. very nice art and furniture, well done a must if you are in kilkenny. more »
This place is an absolute marvel. From it’s impeccable outlook to the pristine green grass fields, it feels like some magical kingdom. Coffee shop on campus serves a superb cappuccino. There is small track on the side along the river which is also quite fun. Good for families. Recommended for any good sunny day.
Lovely place to visit! 100% Worth a day trip! Enjoy your relaxed riverside walk, play and picnic in the castle park, listen for a fountain in the castle garden. Guided tour through the castle is highly recommended. Find out why beds were that small then and how long is the gallery. Adults and kids (10-13 yo) found it very interesting
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