Kilkenny Castle is synonymous with the Butler Family. The Butlers were Earls, Marquesses, and Dukes of Ormonde, living in the castle for more than five hundred years. Lady Margaret Butler was the paternal grandmother of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII.
Kilkenny Castle, overlooking the banks of the River Nore, has been a significant historic site since Strongbow or Richard de Clare, second Earl of Pembroke, constructed the first castle on the site (probably a wooden structure) in the 12th century.
Tours of Kilkenny Castle are available all year round. Booking during summer is advisable. Guided and self-guided tours are offered, depending on time of year.