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Kilkenny Castle

The Parade, Kilkenny, Ireland
353-56-7704100
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Ranked #2 of 26 Attractions in Kilkenny
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Shopping
Traveler Description: Kilkenny Castle has been the centrepiece of Kilkenny City for over 800 years.  Occupying a strategic vantage point along the River Nore, this... more »
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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Nice visit, do the free video in the tower before the entrance. The inside was not as grand as the outside and the grounds but it was still interesting and impressive to see all the work that has been done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The grounds around the castle and the castle itself transported me back into the days when the owners would have been riding around the lands,{but alas peasants like me] would be in attendance

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Nottingham, New Hampshire
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

It looks like a castle from the outside, a bunch of fancy rooms inside, but nothing spectacular. Could've been any mansion anywhere. It didn't look medieval at all like the castles I prefer to tour. The tour is self guided with some people in each room to answer questions. Took about 30 minutes. Grounds are beautiful though.

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Pelham, Alabama, United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Our guide, Mr. Frank Kavanagh was absolutely outstanding and made touring the castle unforgettable. The history of the house is amazing and the restoration the Irish govt has done is second to none. If you find yourself in Ireland, find Kilkenny Castle.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Oh how the other half lived.. Its glorious and the tour guide in each room incase you have questions is great for people not wanting to ask questions in front of a group. The park outside is huge and very well kept. The coffee shop downstairs was lovely, tea and scones were beautiful

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Cork, Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

On a recent visit to Kilkenny, we headed to the castle. The tour costs 6euro per adult, and is well worth the visit. It is self touring, which is fine, but we were lucky, as a group of pre booked american tourists were having a guided tour and we fell in with them, which was no problem to anyone. We... More

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Kilkenny
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is in the very centre of the city and what an amenity it is.I recommend the guided tour highly and it is great value at 6Euro. It took an hour, led by a very well informed and entertaining guide. Parking is available close by. Overall, a must do on a visit to Kilkenny.

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Edinburgh
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

If you thrive on history this is the place for you. Learning about the restoration works in progress was very interesting.

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Luxembourg
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I liked this castle more from the outside than from the inside as I'm more a medieval person but it was still worth the visit. The staff was helpfull and the self-guided tour was sufficient. I was a bit disappointed that it isn't allowed to take pictures. You can't even take pictures of the view from a window.

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Hampden, Maine
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Touring this hotel and grounds was just amazing! Much of this castle has been restored to it's original grandeur.

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