Few buildings in Ireland can boast a longer history of continuous occupation than Kilkenny Castle and is one of the most important historical sites in Ireland. Founded soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland and part of the medieval mile, the castle has been rebuilt, extended and adapted to suit changing circumstances and uses over a period of 800 years. Today, Kilkenny Castle is open to visitors all year round and is run by the office of public works. It is largely a Victorian remodeling of the thirteenth century defensive Castle. If your school is going to visit Kilkenny the castle has probably the best tourist shops in Co. Kilkenny. If you are looking for a park in Kilkenny then the castle grounds are perfect. The castle is also family friendly and is located close to Kilkenny city centre. The house and gardens make a great day outdoor activity packed school tour and exploration day trip for primary schools. Tours can be booked online through filling out the form below. Under the Office of Public Works Free Educational Visits for Schools Scheme, they offer free visits of Kilkenny Castle to primary and secondary schools (advance booking essential). Kilkenny castle operates a self guided system for most of the year, switching to guided visits only during the winter months. Tours of Kilkenny Castle can be organised in conjunction with Kilkenny cycling tours that do the city tour by bike and is a great adventure activity. How long does it take to tour Kilkenny Castle? You would want to allow about 1 hour to visit the castle in full. Is Kilkenny Castle free? Yes, it is free for school tours and under 12s.
PRICES!Free of charge.
OPENING HOURS!9.30am to 5.30pm (Mon-Sun)
1 Oct to 1 Mar
9.30am to 4.30pm (Mon-Sun)