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Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny City Co. Kilkenny
Discover magnificent Kilkenny Castle, a 12th century fortress remodelled in Victorian times. Set in riverside parklands, it was once the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.

Majestic Kilkenny Castle overlooks the River Nore and has guarded the important river crossing for more than 900 years. Two wings of the castle have been restored to their former glory, see the Library, Drawing Room, Ante Room and the impressive Long Gallery.

Find the Butler Art Gallery and admire exhibitions of contemporary art. Conferences, banquets and wedding ceremonies often take place in the Parade Tower. Explore the stunning castle at your leisure and along the way, meet Information Officers and hear tales of the castle's rich history.

Make time to wander through the grounds of the castle, fifty acres of rolling green parkland. Take on one of the orienteering trails, stop off in the rose garden and snap photos of the ornamental lake. Bring the kids to the playground and after, enjoy a sweet treat in the charming tearooms.