Kilkenny Castle is a castle in Kilkenny, Ireland. It was the seat of the Butler
family. Formerly the family name was FitzWalter. The castle was sold to the
local Castle Restoration Committee in the middle of the 20th century for £50.
Shortly afterwards it was handed over to the State, and has since been
refurbished and is open to visitors. Part of the National Art Gallery is on
display in the castle. There are ornamental gardens on the city side of the
castle, and extensive land and gardens to the front. It has become one of the
most visited tourist sites in Ireland.