Kilkenny City Hotels Near Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle is located less than a 3 minute walk from Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel
Looking for a hotel near Kilkenny Castle? Located less than a 3 minute walk from the historical Kilkenny Castle is Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. The Castle stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the 'High Town' of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of Kilkenny Castle's existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles.
The original Anglo-Norman stone castle that Kilkenny Castle once was, was built for William Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke (c.1146-1219) during the first decade of the thirteenth century. Kilkenny Castle later became the principal Irish residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years. The Butler ownership began when James (c.1360-1405), 3rd Earl of Ormond, purchased the castle in c.1391, and lasted until 1967 when Arthur, 6th Marquess of Ormonde (1893-1971), presented it to the people of Kilkenny in return for a token payment of £50.
Over the years, Kilkenny Castle has been enhanced and reflects its 800 years of existence with a selection of architectural styles. The buildings have been in the care of the Office of Public Works since 1969 and many important programmes of archaeological excavation, conservation, and restoration have been carried out there.
Take a tour of Kilkenny Castle by beginning at the entrance gateway to the courtyard and follow the guidebook to explore the Castle room by room and gain insights to the architecture, decoration, furnishings, and paintings of Kilkenny Castle. It also covers the intriguing medieval spaces and features beneath the ground floor of the present building
KIlkenny Castle is open to visitors from 9.30 to 4.30 from October to February and from 9.30 to 5.00 for March and from April to August is open until 5.30.
Looking for a fantastic hotel near Kilkenny Castle and in the heart of Kilkenny City? Stay at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. Our 118 contemporary guestrooms offer comfortable space for you to relax in after spending time exploring the great city of Kilkenny. Our rooms are generous in size and have a bright and airy feel with all the comforts you’d expect in a contemporary, urban Kilkenny City hotel. Guests also enjoy free access to our hotel’s Leisure Centre which includes a 21m pool, children’s pool, fully equipped gym, sauna and steam room while there is also an opportunity to treat yourself to a pamper day at KO Spa.