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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

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Address: Coach Rd | Irishtown, Kilkenny, Ireland
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St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower are an essential part of the...

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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Definitely visit St. Canice's and climb the tower if you are able. The self-guided tour is interesting and the cathedral is so beautiful!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely visit St. Canice's and climb the tower if you are able. The self-guided tour is interesting and the cathedral is so beautiful!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Yes, it's worth it to climb the tower. Even those in average physical shape should be able to make it to the top if they take it slowly. The view is fantastic. The cathedral is also an interesting bit of history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Through this visit you will understand much more the Irish history. The story of the windows is really interesting.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were not able to visit the cathedral because we arrive at 15:31 and since the site was closing at 15:30 the staff did not let us in on the last tour. We were very disappointed about that. From outside it looked interesting, but we can't say more...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A history-rich cathedral with a lot of medieval tombs inside and outside. The altar is beautifully decorated and every interesting items are well-explained. We climbed the round tower in the morning so it was freezing on top, very steep but well worthed. Just a pity that it was cloudy, otherwise there'd be a stunning panorama

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I volunteer quite close to the cathedral, so I have had plenty of opportunity to visit the site. I have attended three church services (Sundays at 6 am and 11:00) to save on the entry fee (4 €). The first two church services themselves were disappointing, because they never sing there. The last one was the New Year's Eve service... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In comparison to other Cathedrals across the UK/EU, this is quite average. Nonetheless, it is beautiful, and there is a round tower onsite, which offers good panoramic views of Kilkenny city. Worth a visit once in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the 19th century rich citizens remodelled or over-restored Ireland's cathedrals Saint Cainneach's Kilkenny Cathedral is different and more authentic. it is not the earliest building on the site. there was an early monastic settlement, a Hiberno-Romanesque church, and now the Early Gothic Cathedral started by Hugh de Rous between 1202-18. In the 17th century Cromwells troops attached the Cathedral... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

There was a Christmas market and Christmas tree fair on inside the cathedral when we went to visit. It is a lovely cathedral and I think worth a visit. The lady behind the desk was so lovely and informative. A guide book is provided. Parking is scarce.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

We spent a week in Ireland and a week in Scotland so we saw multiple castles, cathedrals and forts. I must say this one, albeit old and very inexpensive, was average at best. It's a self-guided tour and you can do it in about 30 mins

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