Kilkenny Castle

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The Parade, Kilkenny, Ireland - +353 56 770 4100

Kilkenny Castle Reviews

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Well worth visiting Jun 03, 2011
Kilkenny Castle was impressive! Originally one tower built of wood in 1172 by Richard "Strongbow" de Clare, an Anglo-Norman conqueror of Ireland, and 20 years later the castle was built of stone. The powerful Butler family bought the castle in the 14th century and reigned it for almost 6 centuries. Finally, after letting the castle fall into ruins, the Butlers auctioned most of the furniture and sold the castle in 1967 to the city for 50 pounds.

Nowadays the castle is restored to display the glory of 17th and 18th centuries and I must say they have done a good job! There is also a wide exhibition of portraits of the Butlers inside the castle - even though the tags under the paintings might not be among the most informative ones. "This is probably a portrait of Lady Margaret Butler, the paternal grandmother of Anne Boleyn" etc…
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