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Inclusive Tours: Kilkenny Castle

5 Feb 2024, 12:00 am (Past)

The Parade, Dukesmeadows, Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle is a national monument that has been standing for over eight hundred years. They are delighted to expand their tours of this historic site.

Alzheimers and Dementia inclusive tour on Wednesday 14 February at 10am
This tour is aimed at people living with Alzheimers and Dementia and their families and supporters. This is an opportunity to explore the period rooms and chat about the artworks and history of the Castle in a friendly environment with their trained facilitator Kate.

Sensory friendly tour on 5 February at 9.30am and 31 March at 9.30am
This will be a unique opportunity for people with sensory needs and their family to view our Victorian period rooms in a quiet environment.

You can also currently view their online exhibition ‘The noblest Person, The wisest female: The 1st Duchess of Ormonde and her letters’ on their website.

Both events are free of charge. There is limited availability for these tours and booking is required. Please email kilkennycastleinfo@opw.ie or visit kilkennycastle.ie for more information.

Please note: Parts of the Castle may not be suitable for people with limited mobility but ground floor rooms fully accessible.

Kilkenny Castle is an ancient structure and a protected national monument, the visit includes approximately 200 steps over four floors, there are narrow doorways with high saddles and for conservation reasons the light level is kept low. Future works are to be carried out including resurfacing the central courtyard, the installation of a lift to give universal access to the Picture Gallery.

There is a detailed description of the Castle’s layout and available facilities for people who are neurodivergent or for people with different disabilities at kilkennycastle.ie/about/accessibility. Please contact kilkennycastleinfo@opw.ie for further information.

Image courtesy of OPW and Heritage Ireland.


Alzheimers Inclusive Tours
Dementia Inclusive tours
Kilkenny Castle
Sensory Friendly