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Kilkenny Castle

The Parade, Kilkenny, Ireland
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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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Truro, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Beautiful grounds and exterior but don't waste your money going inside. Not much to see inside and you are not allowed to take pictures. Would definitely go here again though because it really is a gorgeous property and would just skip going inside.

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Waterford, Ireland
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229 reviews 229 reviews
89 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Kilkenny Castle is one multi-faceted attraction which you have to do when in Kilkenny. You can do either a guided internal your or just walk the grounds at your leisure ... Or both. The guided tour is very good and includes historical detail and a walk through the castle. The grounds are well manicured while in parts remain wild enough... More

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Perth, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The castle is easily located in the centre of Kilkenny and surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens. The preserved rooms containing numerous paintings and furniture give a glimpse of living in the past. Spend a few hours to absorb the atmosphere - its worth it!

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Charlottesville, VA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Well done reconstruction that is mostly completed. The front lawn is immense and gives you a sense of the grandeur of the estate.

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Dublin, Ireland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I love sightseeing castles and learning about history of who lived in there. I have to say that this was quite disappointing, they will give you this badly photocopied guide and send you off in your merry way. Place has nothing really special to offer. Just another boring tour. Of course Kilkenny is quite small and if you are there... More

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Avon, Connecticut
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171 reviews 171 reviews
36 attraction reviews
328 helpful votes 328 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

As castles go, this one was nice. Nothing special (for a castle). We toured many castles, and nothing here stood out. Beautiful grounds, and right in the middle of the town. Lots of shops, pubs, and thre design center right across the street.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Lovely to see a castle that still has resemblance to what it looked like while occupied. Don't miss the short firm at the beginning of the tour which really helps to orient the area and the castle and it's importance.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It's nice to see that the city has preserved this treasure & shares it with the world. Easy to get to within the city

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Clive, Iowa, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

If you only have a few castles to visit - please pick this one - you will not be disappointed! Great views, location, rooms, tour guides.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The castle has been beautifully restored. I would have liked to do a guided tour but there isn't any. The great hall has some fantastic paintings. The views from the second floor are lovely.

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