Kilkenny Castle – This four-level castle is located on the banks of the Nore River, from which there is a panoramic view of the city.
During the eight centuries of the existence of this castle, many changes were made to its structure, now it combines many different architectural styles.
The Anglo-Norman stone castle was built for William Marshall, the fourth Earl of Pembroke in the first decade of the thirteenth century. Then for 600 years it was owned by the Butler family.
The castle is a popular tourist center, since 1967 it belongs to the OPW when Arthur VI Marquis of Ormonde generously handed the castle over to the residents of Kilkenny for a symbolic sum of 50 pounds.
The tour starts with a picturesque garden stretching on a hill where, in good weather, city residents and tourists relax.
Freely moving around the castle and its interiors is possible thanks to the corridor running through the entire length of the block, where the rooms are open for sightseeing.
Particularly noteworthy is the living room in which there is a huge gallery with many paintings, reproduction of the fireplace and a glass roof.
More information at www.kilkennycastle.ie