One of Ireland’s most visited heritage sites is Kilkenny Castle. It is seated in the middle of Kilkenny City overlooking the River Nore.
Kilkenny Castle was originally built as a wooden castle by Richard de Clare (also known as Strongbow) in the 12th century. Around 30 years later, his son-in-law, William the Earl Marshall built the first stone castle on the site. It was a square-shaped castle with towers at each corner; three of the castle’s original towers survive today.
In 1391, the Butler family bought the castle and James Butler became the ruler of the area. The family arrived in Ireland with the Norman invasion. They became wealthy hence they were able to buy the castle. The Butler Family remained in control of the castle for the next five centuries.
In 1967, the castle was sold to the Castle Restoration Committee for £50. The castle and the grounds are now managed by the Office of Public Works.
There a lots of things you can do while you visit the place.
You can take a tour inside the castle. You can take a guided one if you wish. If you are doing a self-guided tour, you can go over to the Medieval Room and watch an audio-visual presentation about the castle. In a suite of a former servant’s room, you can find the Butler Art Gallery which displays exhibitions of contemporary art. After exploring the insides of the castle, it is time to take walk outside and enjoy the beautiful sceneries. You can take the whole family here as everyone will surely enjoy. Children can play in the playground with other kids (If you are above twelve years of age, don’t play in the playground. Please refer to the video below) . If it is sunny out, you can just lay on the grass and have a picnic.
Information on Kilkenny Castle in case you plan on visiting:
Opening Hours for 2017
October to February – 09:30 to 16:30
March – 09:30 to 17:00
April and May – 09:30 to 17:30
June to August – 09:00 to 17:30
September – 09:30 to 17:30
1 February – 31 October: Self-guided visit and last admission 30 minutes before closing.
1 November – 31 January visit by guided tour only and last admission 45 minutes before closing.
Arrangements may be subject to change, please check with site.
Senior / Group (20+): €6.00
Student / Child (over 6): €4.00
Here is a video that made during our visit:
♥ Just Wandering, Nicole ♥