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Castle Opening Arrangements Daily:

  • October to February - 09.30 to 16.30 
  • March - 09.30 to 17.00 
  • April and May - 09.30 to 17.30 
  • June to August - 09.00 to 17.30
  • September - 09.30 to 17.30 
  • This beautiful site is a landmark in the beautiful city of Kilkenny and is home to the the MCC starting point for all the group rides.


St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower are an essential part of the structural heritage in the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny in the heart of Ireland's Ancient East. This ecclesiastical site was founded in the 6th century and named after St Canice. Cill Channigh is the Gaelic for the Church of Canice, the church that originally stood on the site in the 6th century.
Combining the early Christian settlement, the Round Tower, the Anglo Norman Cathedral and its rich cultural ecclesiastical heritage makes St Canice’s Cathedral and its environs a must to visit while you are in Kilkenny.


The home of Smithwick Ale.The oldest brewery in Ireland is St. Francis Abbey Brewery standing on the site of a Franciscan Abbey founded in 1231. Brewing was carried on here for Centuries until the disolution of the Monasteries (around 1540). The beautiful Tower and Chancel survive, and the medieval city wall of Kilkenny also runs through the brewery's grounds.

A visit to St. Francis Abbey Brewery, in the historic medieval city of Kilkenny exposes the visitor to a thriving brewery proud of its unique heritage and of its continuing achievements in producing some of the world's finest beers.


With its lantern clock tower and 'Big Ben' chime, the Tholsel is a distinctive image of Kilkenny. Built in 1761, the double five arch arcade was used as a covered market place.

It is now used for art exhibitions, and street theatre companies regularly perform there .The offices of Kilkenny Corporation Chamber is located in the building.

Its name, is derived from two old English words: "toll", meaning tax; and "sael", or hall, the place where tolls were paid. In the Middle Ages it served as court house, custom-house, guildhall and a meeting place for merchants. 

Rothe House Museum & Garden

Nestled in the centre of Ireland’s Medieval Mile, Rothe House and Garden is one of Kilkenny’s hidden gems. A visit is high on the list of things to do in the Marble City. Built between 1594 and 1610 this was the home of the renowned merchant, landowner and Mayor of Kilkenny City, John Rothe Fitz Piers, his wife Rose Archer, and their eleven children.

Medieval Mile Museum







Located on the 13th century site of St Mary’s cruciform church and graveyard (considered to be the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland), The Medieval Mile Museum represents an immense treasure trove of artefacts encompassing the work and lives of Ireland and its people across more than 800 years of history. Visitors to the museum will marvel not only at some of Ireland’s finest examples of medieval sculpture, but also the country’s largest collection of Renaissance tombs.

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