Even in a country rich with history and beauty, Kilkenny Castle stands out as a must-see destination for any vacation to Ireland. From the vibrant parks and gardens surrounding the castle to the meticulous renderings and restorations throughout its halls, Kilkenny Castle offers plenty of incredible sights for its visitors. While there’s no wrong way to visit the castle, there are quite a few ways to make your trip even better. Plan the vacation of a lifetime with our list of what to know before visiting Kilkenny Castle.
History and Highlights of the Castle
Kilkenny Castle has seen many rebuilds, extensions, and adaptations over the last 800 years. Built as a wooden structure by Norman invaders, it is now primarily a Victorian remodeling of the thirteenth-century defensive castle. Over the last few years, researchers have restored many of the original artifacts to the castle. When you visit, you can experience highlights such as the drawing room, Chinese bedroom, and Victorian nursery. The Long Gallery is another must-see with its painted ceilings, marble fireplace, and extensive art collection—including portraits of the Butler family who resided in the castle for generations.
What to Know Before Visiting Kilkenny Castle
You can take either a guided or a self-guided tour of the castle. For a thorough look through the rooms and artwork, expect to take at least an hour within the castle itself. You can also spend time on the beautiful grounds, including the formal garden on the western side. Some areas of the castle and garden may be inaccessible for individuals with limited mobility, but the ground floor rooms and the rest of the park are fully accessible.
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