Located less than a 3 minutes walk From Kilkenny Castle, the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel Boasts 47 bedrooms in the heart of Kilkenny city and is ideally located next to Kilkenny castle along with all other local tourist attractions such as The Smithwick's Experience, The Medieval Mile and Rothe House along with all popular restaurants and bars including our own Harpers restaurant & bar.
The Historic Kilkenny Castle
The famed Kilkenny Castle rises above the river Nore and is one of Ireland's most visited and revered tourist attractions. The original structure built on this strategic site was a wooden tower or Motte and Bailey built in 1172 by the Anglo-Norman conqueror of Ireland Richard De Clare better known as ‘Strongbow’. The Castle was bought by the powerful Butler family in 1391, and their descendants continued to live there for over 600 years up until 1935.
Maintaining such a structure became a big financial strain on the family and most of its furnishings were sold at auction. The castle was handed over to the city of Kilkenny in 1967 for the princely sum of £50. Present day the castle remains in the hands of the office of public works who have carried out important restoration and conservation work throughout the castle and its surrounding grounds. Kilkenny castle has been carefully restored to its former glory under the care of the office of public works and has become one of Ireland's most impressive and revered castles.
Kilkenny Castle Tours & Visitor Information
Kilkenny Castle boasts an incredibly beautiful interior were both self guided and guided tours of its stunning rooms and halls along with exceptional walled garden consisting of 50 acres of maintained gardens are available daily for visitors.
The castle is open throughout the year with tours operating between 9am and 5pm daily.
For more information on opening times and tours visit Kilkenny Castle's Official site