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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

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Coach Rd | Irishtown, Kilkenny R95 V63H, Ireland
+353 56 776 4971
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A little pricey for a walk to the top of the Round Tower

A lot of buildup was given by our tour operator about the Round Tower next to St Canice's. We... read more

Reviewed yesterday
dgbg100106
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Odenton, Maryland
Great experience

We simply did a walking tour of the grounds, quite something to view the round tower up close, but... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jrye2014
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Rye, New Hampshire
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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 R95 V63H, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

A lot of buildup was given by our tour operator about the Round Tower next to St Canice's. We headed there since our group was waiting for Kilkenny Castle to open and we would get a head start on seeing the town (Medieval Mile). Once...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We simply did a walking tour of the grounds, quite something to view the round tower up close, but we did not get a chance to go inside....spent alot of time viewing the old gravesites on the grounds.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I had read some of the reviews, 4 Euro for the church 3 euro for the tower only 6 euro if you do both, the black marbel columns stained glass and the tombs, FAB,but the view from the top of the tower shows you all...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I thought this was overpriced for a short walk around. I couldn’t do the tower as it unsuitable for people with mobility issues plus it was another 8 eurosMore

Thank Conor M
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St Canice's C, Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Conor, I am sorry to read that you were disappointed. The current fee into the Cathedral is €4.50 and with the admission fee you are provided with an information leaflet which we have in many languages. The A3 leaflet provided outlines the significance of...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

beautiful piece of architecture, in 10 mins walking distance from a castle. seem to be a little bit dark and twisted - must see

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The cathedral - Church of Ireland (Anglican and not Roman Catholic) is one of the reasons for the city's existence. A fine mainly thirteenth century large church it also has a 10th century round tower which can be climbed. One of two that for which...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great castle and grounds to explore both inside and outside and as well you can climb the round tower and also see the historical grounds and tombstones. I would recommend highly coming to visit here.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with a Road Scholar group. Lovely churchyard w/old tombs. Had a great guide who spoke about the history of the church. We didn't climb the tower. Beautiful stained glass windows. Interesting tombs.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to explore the round tower with my mother and three daughters. It was really pretty, and full of ancient irish culture. We got to go inside it for a low cost, and it was a beautiful view. Would highly recommend a visit.

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St Canice's C, Front Office Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit and kind words! We are very happy that you enjoyed your time with us.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This cathedral is not like most you will visit. The burial spots in the floor are reminiscent of Westminster Abbey. Much of Kilkenny early history lies here. Make sure you find the story of the witch, too.

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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
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KailuaGal
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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
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