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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
Lovely restoration work completed on this iconic landmark in Kilkenny for all to see. €8.00 entrance fee for an adult is reasonable given the nature & detail to be experienced in the visit. The... more »
Quite interesting and good value for money. It worths a visit if you are in the area. Park surrounding is also very interesting 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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