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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

Coach Rd | Irishtown, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 776 4971
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The stained glass here is stunning.

This is a must see. The cathedral has been restorred impecably. The high light would have to be the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
desommer
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Columbia, Maryland
Go Hálainn

We toured St Canice’s Cathedral & the round tower which is said to be the oldest standing structure... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
jaeroo
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Seattle, Washington
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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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“worth the climb” (45 reviews)
“fear of heights” (20 reviews)
“tight squeeze” (12 reviews)
LOCATION
Coach Rd | Irishtown, Kilkenny, Ireland
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+353 56 776 4971

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a must see. The cathedral has been restorred impecably. The high light would have to be the stained glass windows and the story behind them .It is well worth it.

Thank desommer
St Canice's C, Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello Desommer, thank you for expressing your highlight of the stained glass. We do have a lovely collection of stained glass from studios in Dublin, London and Munich. They are fascinating works of art and storytelling.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We toured St Canice’s Cathedral & the round tower which is said to be the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny City. Exploring the interior of this ancient church was mesmerizing. It's truly an abundance of history at your fingertips with both written & visual accounts...More

Thank jaeroo
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wonderful old cathedral that is the resting place of many of Kilkenny famous Lords and Ladies. Roof timbers are exposed inside and are wondfuL to look at. Beware that the Cathedral closed ar 4 pm and we just about made it in. Visiting the Cathedral...More

Thank Pips21
St Canice's C, Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello Pips21, thank you for your review and we are delighted you made it in to visit before closing time. Many of the Smithwick family associated with the brewery are buried in the Cathedral graveyard. We appreciate your visit and hope you enjoyed the Smithwicks...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Husband climbed the round tower - excellent views. Then we explored the church and cemetery. Wonderful exhibits and self guided tour inside. Incredible stories and beautifully maintained.

Thank 1010CRD
St Canice's C, Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello 1010CRD, Thank you so much for your great review and we are glad you enjoyed the exhibits and stories.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We just happened to visit St. Canice's Cathedral on a Sunday morning so there were services which made parking a challenge (we parked by the Black Abbey and walked) but also added to the charm. We arrived too early to climb the round tower but...More

Thank Mary0516
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice - we didnt have time to go inside but we walked around it as part of out stroll around the town

Thank Car2line
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are not religious but the history is well worth a visit. The stain glass windows are amazing. You can also climb to the top of the round tower. Bit of a squeeze at the top but the view is well worth it.More

Thank ToiasRian
St Canice's C, Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello ToiasRian, The Cathedral and Round Tower offers so much along side its religious value. The architecture and the stone masons work is hard to comprehend and the stained glass windows and the significance of them in storytelling and honoring lives was so important to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A centre piece! Can't say much more than that except don't book the round tower if you don't like heights

Thank Sharonf2007
St Canice's C, Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Sharon, . It is indeed a centre piece. The round tower is 100ft in height and it is a good climb so it is not an experience for those afraid of heights. Thank you for your great review.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cathedral is another of the jewels of the city. There is also the ever-present graveyard with Celtic Crosses on some of the graves.

Thank Cheryl S
St Canice's C, Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Cheryl, Thank you for your review which we very much value as a jewel in the city and it is great to know you think that also. Thank you for visiting St Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like all ancient memorial this a worth visit cathedral.It has amazing glass work at the altar.The steps are steep at for the tower but you need to try this.You can view the Kilkenny city center and all major tourist spot from the tower.

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

Hello Melvina, Thank you for your review. Indeed the tower is a steep climb but we also think the view is worth the climb. Thanks for visiting St Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower.

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kcowley
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
13 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
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