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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

Coach Rd | Irishtown, Kilkenny, Ireland
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Wonderful stained glass

The cathedral is a wonderful medieval gem tucked off in the midst of Kilkenny. Strangely, the gift... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Annapolis, Maryland
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Another stunning church in Kilkenny, and a Round Tower

As we entered the church, we were pleasantly surprised to hear a beautiful orchestra and opera... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Norfolk, Massachusetts
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St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower are an essential part of the structural heritage in the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny. 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.The Round Tower is the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny City. Tourists can enjoy climbing the Round Tower capturing great views of the city (weather permitting). St Canice’s Round Tower is one of only two Round Towers that people can climb in Ireland. Opening times from 29/11/2011 to 23/11/2011. Monday to Saturday 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm. Sunday 2pm to 4pm. Round Tower Climb Time at 12 noon and 3pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday 3pm. Weather and staff permitting. Admission fee applies for visit into Cathedral and Round Tower. From 24/12/2011 to 02/01/2012 the Cathedral and Round Tower is closed for visiting. PLease check our website for services during the Christmas period.
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Coach Rd | Irishtown, Kilkenny, Ireland

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The cathedral is a wonderful medieval gem tucked off in the midst of Kilkenny. Strangely, the gift shop and entrance are in a partitioned area off the back of the cathedral, giving a strange first impression. But the history- amazing. There are some wonderful displays...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

As we entered the church, we were pleasantly surprised to hear a beautiful orchestra and opera singers, who were practicing in the church. It made for an incredible display and performance! The church is stunning. Interesting to read about the Lord of Ballylarkin, James Schortal,...More

Thank scsheeran
Reviewed 4 days ago

Really interesting climb up the tower to reveal excellent views across the city. Would recommend this but not if you don't like enclosed spaces and heights!

Thank 25stew
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're into your churches and towers this is fairly interesting. The tower is most definitely not wheelchair accessible but the rest is okay with a bit of work. Not much point in coming to Kilkenny and not visiting here but once would be enough.

Thank Alan F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old, dark, foreboding place. Tombstones set in the floor and numerous plaques set into the walls. If you enjoy history you'll enjoy a stroll around here.

Thank John G
Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting tower, which we did not visit, accompanies this beautiful, quite dark, Gothic cathedral. It is very well preserved, situated in nice grounds just on the outskirts of the most central part of Kilkenny. Worth a visit, especially for the many finds of information...More

Thank ofHarwich
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing architecture and workmanship. Very few places like this in Ireland. Parking may be a slight problem depending on when you visit.

Thank Brian C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cathedral is fine, but nothing so beatiful and rich to justifiy the four eu for visiting it! Close to the cathedral there is a tower; I suggest to avoid it, a bit tricky to climb.

Thank Mario V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Is this a cathedral or a shopping outlet? Why do I have to pay to get into a church? And straight into the gift shop!!! Really? It was OK as a visitor attraction, if that's all it was....

Thank 590amyb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with a group of active retired to visit St. Canice's Cathedral and Tower recently. Cathedral is beautiful, steeped in history and the tour guide very thorough. Decided with five other hardy souls to go up the tower( we are all in the oap bracket)...More

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11 July 2017|
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Response from St Canice's C | Property representative |
Hello, I am very sorry that I did not get to answer your question in a timely manner, I hope this did not put you off your visit to us as I can see some very concise answers from other Trip Advisor users, I recommend 30... More
12 May 2016|
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Response from St Canice's C | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your email. The round tower climb will take approx 20 min. The Cathedral can take from 30 min to one hour depending on you level of interest in the building or to take time out to relax. Usual time of... More