Standing guard over the city on the banks of the River Nore sits Kilkenny Castle. Home of the powerful Butler family for nearly 6 centuries, the castle was extensively added to and improved upon with series of fortifications and lavish accommodation to meet the changing needs of the times and is an imposing complex.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland, Kilkenny Castle can get busy during summer months so we recommend visiting earlier or later in the day to avoid the peak periods and take time to savour the incredible history and architecture of this amazing site.

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