Entry to Butler Gallery is Free

Public Guided Tours

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The Butler Gallery offers informal tours that are designed to provide a general introduction to our exhibitions and the historic site of Evans’ Home.

Our friendly and experienced guides will take you around our gallery and museum giving you detailed information about our collection and contemporary exhibition whilst you learn about the story of Butler Gallery and experience the history of Evans’ Home and the monastic site of St John’s Priory on which it sits.

Guided Tours are available on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Thursday tours are free of charge.

Tour Times:

  • Collection and Heritage Tour
    Thursday: 1.15pm (FREE)
    Saturday & Sunday: 12.00pm (Prices below)
  • Main Exhibition Tour
    Thursday: 6.30pm (FREE)
    Saturday & Sunday: 3.00pm (Prices below)

Prices for a Guided Tour on Saturdays and Sundays:

  • Adults: €10
  • Students/Over 65's: €8
  • Children: €5
  • Family: €25

Our guided tours take 45 minutes.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions tours are limited to 6 people per tour to ensure adequate distancing between participants.

Please contact us in advance to book your place on a tour to avoid disappointment. Walk ups are accepted on a first come first served basis and depending on availability.

Private Group Tours

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Private Group Tours

We encourage tours for groups of 6 or more to be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Groups of more than 6 will be managed within Covid-19 physical distancing requirements and will be split into smaller groups. If you wish to book a private group tour please contact [email protected]

School Tours
Tours for primary and secondary school students are free and must be booked 2 weeks in advance. Donations are welcome.

Please note that tours may not take place in particular areas if they are in use for engagement and learning talks or workshops.


Group tours must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Please give us as much notice as possible to help secure your preferred date and time.

To book a tour please contact Pauline Swaine, Visitor Services Manager on 056 7761106 or by email at [email protected]

Self Guided Audio Tours
Self Guided Audio Tours are available every day at Butler Gallery. The audio guides enable you to enjoy our exhibitions and soak up the history of Evans’ Home and the monastic site at your own pace.

Audio Guides cost just €5 and provide an excellent alternative to our group or guided tours.

More to Explore

Evans’ Home

This August, Butler Gallery will be moving to the historic Evans’ Home in the heart of Kilkenny City.

The O’Malley Collection

The O’Malley Collection includes work from Tony O’Malley (1913 – 2003) and Jane O’Malley (b. 1944).

Heritage & Archaeology

Several archaeological digs were carried out from 2010 onwards as part of the Evans' Home refurbishment.

Monastic Site

The site of Butler Gallery has a long and diverse history spanning over 800 years.

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