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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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Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a lovely castle. Quite a lot of the interior is rebuilt as it was in a state of disrepair. The staff at the ticket counter were very friendly and informative. We had asked for an audio guide and instead of hard selling one to us (which would have been an extra €5 per pax), they suggested we tour... More

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Cork
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199 reviews 199 reviews
49 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This is beautifully restored by the Office of Public Works. The guides are also fab and extremely knowledgeable. Fascinating stories of the Butler family going back centuries. Princess Diana's family and William Butler Yeats are in the history too.

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Munster bei Dieburg, Germany
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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This castle is well worth the visit. It is really big and beautifully restored. It is very impressive to walk through all the rooms and to learn about the history and also about the restorations made!

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Ocoee, Florida
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Kilkenny castle is my 2nd favorite castle in Ireland. The grounds are pretty and the inside tour as well as the video presentation was good. I was disappointed that they were not allowing any pictures to be taken inside.

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Kildare, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We walked the grounds of the castle and it was a lovely clear day so we did the circuit and visited the hands monument which is very poignant

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New York City, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

It was so nice to see a beautifully restored castle after seeing so many castle ruins in Scotland and Ireland. This is a very large castle and you get to see quite a bit of it. The Art Gallery was the most impressive, along with the grounds/gardens. We had a beautiful, sunny day so were able to get some wonderul... More

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful and amazing location! The history, the stories and the beautiful grounds take you to a age of wonder. My only complaint is they allow NO pictures inside. This is wrong. To remember and relive, pictures needed!

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Montreal, Canada
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106 reviews 106 reviews
39 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We have visited many castles (Ireland, Scotland, England) and this one is amongst those worth to be visited. The main attraction is that giant room where all those painting are hunged on the walls (the picture gallery). It is very big and impressive. You'll also be informed on all the restoration work that has been done and is left to... More

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Temecula, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The outside and the grounds are beautiful! In my opinion, not worth the tour inside. I still don't understand why some castles and churches don't allow photos inside as is the case here. Nothing inside that you get to see is original except for some of the walls. This was totally redone. New floors, new walls etc. I actually like... More

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Spruce Head, Maine
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32 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This was our second visit to Kilkenny Castle. There were 8 of us traveling together this time. The tour was wonderful and although self- directed, there lots of folks in the rooms to ask questions of. Kilkenny Castle is home of the Butler family and when we informed the staff that 2 in our group were Butlers, the staff jokingly... More

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