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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
The grounds are as impressive as anything else. We did a self-guided tour with a few nice rooms but walking around the park and getting pictures afterwards was the highlight more »
Beautiful fab play area for the children amazing place spotless lovely outdoor coffee shop will definitely visit again more »
Amazing Norman castle marvellous renovated. Beautiful park around castle to stir all tastes in the spring and summer must see formal "Rose garden" with fountain. The children's playground is great and the park/ grounds are fabulous for a walk anytime of year!
Kilkenny is beautiful little town with its castle, which makes it more magical. Castle and tours are amazing there, with interesting stories and history. A must is a castle kitchen, where the best coffee is served and lovely cakes.
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