Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny

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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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  • It is worth your time to tour this beautiful home and garden - especially since it is free! They take COVID protocols very seriously.  more »
  • Spent 45 mins doing a self tour of the castle . Very good to do And it’s kept really well. The gardens around the castle are beautiful too for a walk  more »
  • Stunning castle that was constructed around 1195 and is still in excellent condition today. The gardens and the adjacent park are free and open to the public. The interior is something else, beautiful furnished in every room with plenty of information available so not necessary to take a guided tour unless you want the full history of the castle 🏰. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here both the castle and the gardens.
  • Beautiful location. Lovely playground. Lake is stunning and lots of birds to be seen. Great for walks. Tea rooms in castle is very cute and food is gorgeous

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