Kilkenny is known as the "Marble City" because of the nearby quarries. The castle was built as a 13th century fortress and was owned by the Butler family until 1935. It was then abandoned until it was purchased by the city in 1967 for a sum of 50 pounds (about $75). It has now been restored and has beautiful furnishings and a nice garden.

During our visit to Kilkenny Castle we had a wonderful guided tour by a pretty young lady. She was speaking excellent English but with a little bit of a French accent rather than an Irish one. Turns out she was French and was working as a guide to practice her English. Anyway, small gardens to the side of the castle are well maintained and add to the grandeur of the place. Overall, I think the City of Kilkenny made a good investment.

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