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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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Limerick, Ireland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is a must place to visit when in Kilkenny. The Castle is set in lovely grounds with old trees. It was a lovely day and may people where lazing about on the grass. The restoration of the castle was sympathetic to the original style of the house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This castle is full of history and the restoration is particularly wonderful. The grounds are phenomenal. The tour is self guided but there are many informative signs detailing the restoration process as well as the displays.

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Bergambacht, The Netherlands
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The tour is reasonable, the way the old castle has been restored is fantastic. Although the restoration is only done 20 years ago, the look-and-feel is almost authentic. Well worth a visit

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Boise, Idaho
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119 reviews 119 reviews
36 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The castle is located downtown within walking distance of many hotels. Built in the 12th century, it has been nearly fully restored. We arrived too late to go inside but we were able to walk around outside and visit the lovely walled garden.

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Kildare, Ireland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

A magnificent castle, fully restored to its former excellence, with a most entertaining tour guide to give you a glimpse of life in a bygone era and not your average tour guide who learned off their piece by rote! The castle, as every self respecting castle should, comes complete with its own ghost ..... Oooooh! Take your time, enjoy the... More

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West Orange, New Jersey, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Grounds are open in August until 8P but the castle closes at 5PM and we got there late - so we were not admitted. The grounds are gorgeous and impressive. - Just didn't plan the timing right.

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Bronx, New York
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301 reviews 301 reviews
163 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

THE KILKENNY CASTLE The Castle has been restored to attract tourist to the small town of Kilkenny. As the town is small and the Castle is centrally located, you can spend the entire day learning about the history of the town. The Castle, and stables across the road were restored. The stable now houses several food vendors and a number... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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118 reviews 118 reviews
50 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Kilkenny Castle is beautiful and well worth a visit. From the outside it's beautiful. Inside I really enjoyed seeing how a medieval castle is transformed into a somewhat modern living facility. On the top floor there are quite a few photos detailing the restoration. It's a must see in Kilkenny.

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Sydney, Australia
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Such a beautiful place to visit, with beautiful gardens and nice grass area to sit and read and relax.

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Newbridge, Ireland
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

What a tour we had. The staff was very accommodating. My uncle Has heart problems. They suggested what to see without over doing it. On each room they told us the history of where we were. My mother's maiden name is butler. So we are very interested in the history behind our name..

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