We are staying in the outskirts of Kilkenny and wanted to know if the castle there is worth a scheduled stop-in-and-see as we already think it will be a good idea to spend some time in Kilkenny town! Also, is there a charge to see the castle, and if so, do we need to reserve tickets or can we stop-in? If we can avoid long lines waiting for tickets that would be wonderful. How much time should be set asside to see the castle? I couldn't find an official Castle website. We do not want to feel a RUSH and would perfer to take our time seeing and experiencing the area calmly and we love being INFORMED. The town of Kilkenny seems delightful; should we tour-da-place by foot solo or in a group thing or a bus or something? After visiting the Castle, we will be in that area for dinner (yet we a light eaters so nothing too fancy, formal, expensive or overwhelming...just something good and reliable) and we wanted to visit a traditional pub with family entertainment or some live-theatre....any suggestions! Does anyone have experience regarding the night-life scene in Kilkenny? What time does the town close-down for the night on a Friday night! We hear the Design Center is a great place for locating those local charms and crafts, which is just what we want to do... the sites does not mention closing time? Thanks in advance.