Friday 15 November 2019

Tourists go DIY at top castle

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

IT is one of the country's top attractions, but there are no guided tours during peak season.

More than 206,000 people visited Kilkenny Castle last year, but most were forced to show themselves around.

The Office of Public Works (OPW), which runs the medieval castle overlooking the River Nore, only provides guided tours in the quieter November to February period because they cannot cope with large numbers of visitors.

Experts are stationed in the most-visited rooms to answer questions, but otherwise tourists must rely on leaflets and signage or the free tour-of-the-castle app that is available for download and includes details of upcoming events.

The original Anglo-Norman castle was built for William Marshal, fourth Earl of Pembroke (1146-1219).

It was most famously owned by the Butler family until 1967 when Arthur, 6th Marquess of Ormonde (1893-1971), sold it to the city for a token £50.

Irish Independent

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