Rising above the River Nore, Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland's most visited heritage sites. Stronghold of the powerful Butler family,...
National Craft Gallery
Contemporary Irish crafts are showcased at these imaginative galleries, set in former stables across the road from Kilkenny Castle, next...
Butler House Gardens
The beautiful Butler House gardens are home to an unusual water feature constructed from remnants of the British-built Nelson's Pillar,...
If yet another pint in an atmospheric pub is just one too many, take refuge at this smart wine bar. There's also a stellar range of...
Kilkenny Design Centre Restaurant
Upstairs from the craft shops, this arty, organic-oriented, self-service cafeteria offers home-baked breads and scones, tasty seafood...
Butler Gallery information
The Butler Gallery in the basement of Kilkenny Castle is one of the country’s most important art galleries outside Dublin. Small exhibitions featuring the work of contemporary artists are held throughout the year. Also in the basement, the castle kitchen houses a popular summertime cafe. You can head directly to either the Butler Gallery or the cafe without paying the castle's tour admission price.