Kilkenny Castle Park

Kilkenny City

These 21 hectares of public parkland extend to the southeast of Kilkenny Castle, framing a fine view of Mt Leinster, while a Celtic-cross-shaped rose garden lies northwest of the castle. A gate on the north side of the park leads steeply down to the riverside, where you can walk back into town at St John's Bridge.

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Nearby Kilkenny City attractions

1. Kilkenny Castle

0.12 MILES

Rising above the River Nore, Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland's most visited heritage sites. Stronghold of the powerful Butler family, it has a history…

2. Butler Gallery

0.13 MILES

The Butler Gallery is one of the country’s most important art galleries outside Dublin. Small exhibitions featuring the work of contemporary artists are…

3. National Design & Craft Gallery

0.14 MILES

Contemporary Irish crafts are showcased at the imaginative National Design & Craft Gallery, set in former stables across the road from Kilkenny Castle,…

4. Butler House Gardens

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The beautiful Butler House gardens are home to an unusual water feature constructed from remnants of the British-built Nelson's Pillar, blown up by…

5. Maudlin Castle

0.21 MILES

This substantial tower house, dating from around 1500, once formed part of the city's defences, protecting the approach from the east.

6. Maudlin Tower

0.25 MILES

One of the surviving corner towers of Kilkenny's medieval city walls.

7. Medieval Mile Museum

0.28 MILES

Dating from the early 13th century, St Mary's Church has been converted into a fascinating modern museum that charts the history of Kilkenny in medieval…

8. Talbot's Tower

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One of the surviving corner towers of Kilkenny's medieval city walls.