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Reviewed July 16, 2017

We wish weather was better so we could do picnic at the beautiful lawn at the castle ground( free). There was even a street food market outside of the castle. The castle itself was beautifully restored! And it is better to see the video first before the actual visit. Highly recommend. And Kilkenny is a very lovely town with some nice old pubs

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 16, 2017

Kilkenny Castle is, on the exterior, a beautiful old building. It has been quite well renovated. The parks around it are also gorgeous and offer excellent views over the river. The interior is also cool, having been renovated to match the layout and stylings the Castle possessed during the Victorian Era. However, the placards providing information are rather short and seem to prove only a basic overview of the Castle, its history, and its residents.

However, the guides are fantastic. There is a guide stationed in almost every major room. Ask them to show you around. My wife and I were amazed at how knowledgeable and just importantly, how interesting the guides were. One guide showed us how one piece of furniture was used for courting couples, seats provided for both the man and woman but also for chaperones to listen to exactly what the couple said. The same guide also pointed out a painting of the young king Charles II, and explained how the mastiff in the painting was not only symbolic but also painted in afterwards; there was no way, the guide said, that anyone was going to let a mastiff near the young future king.

In short, on its own, the castle is fine, but the guides make all the difference. Ask them, ask them, ask them. You will be amazed at what they know.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 16, 2017 via mobile

The castle was lovely and the staff was helpful. We walked around the castle for about 40 minutes. I recommend using the audio guides for better understanding

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 15, 2017

Kilkenny Castle is one of the best Castle experiences in Ireland and in one of the best towns to enjoy traditional Irish activities. The castle is beautiful, inside and out. The grounds are perfect to bring a picnic or walk the gardens. The inside tour is leisurely and there are hosts throughout, ready to give explanations in the different rooms. The town of Kilkenny was perfect to walk through with many reasonable shops, pubs with good food and good music, several cathedrals and graveyards to enjoy.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank JennieMCW
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Reviewed July 15, 2017

Great location and the park, is ideal for a run. Recommend the Saturday parkrun. The park is always full of activity.

Date of experience: July 2017
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