St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower
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10:00 - 17:00
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10:00 - 17:00
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10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
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10:00 - 17:00
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10:00 - 17:00
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10:00 - 17:00
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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.. Admission fee applies for visit into Cathedral and Round Tower.
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  • SharonOffaly
    Dublin, Ireland93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family
    Found this fabulous cathedral and very cool round tower for all to climb totally by accident. The Cathedral is beautiful, full of old tombs, intricately carved which mam enjoyed. The teens and their dad climbed the Round Tower (very claustropic for mam unfortunately) but they loved it. Great view from teh top. Lovely hour away from the town but only literally a 1 min walk from the town!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Jim B
    Grapeview, Washington1,377 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go Up the Tower!
    This is a beautiful Cathedral. We enjoyed visiting later on a Sunday and being there for their evensong service. After the service, we walked through on a self guided tour. Toward the end of our tour, we were the only two people in the Cathedral. We then climbed the tower, which is well worth it for the view of town and the countryside.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Andydjp
    Stotfold, United Kingdom638 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient and historic Cathedral.
    We walked the medieval mile from Kilkenny castle to the Cathedral. Up a few steps and welcomed by the round tower, which you can go up to the top of for five euro's. Entrance to the Cathedral was also five euro's each and an informative guide leaflet is provided. Full of history, we enjoyed an informative visit, a lovely ancient Cathedral.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • 3Lele013
    Highlands Ranch, Colorado9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile!
    The Tower is a must do if one is able to climb ladder like steps and doesn't mind steep and tight places. The Cathedral is beautiful and full of history. I found the staff to be amazing and very friendly which I appreciated!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Lita L
    100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Heavenly Choice/Concert Venue!
    If you have the rare opportunity to be in Kilkenny when a choir concert is scheduled at St. Canice, I'd highly recommend it. We had the great pleasure of enjoying a Wednesday evening choir concert highlighting the local choir as well as a high school choir from the USA. I've been to evensongs in the UK: St. Paul's and Westminster Abbey in London, York Minster, St. George's Chapel in Windsor; Wells, Ely, Exeter, and Chichester Cathedrals. As well as choir services at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and Notre Dame in Paris and I can say St. Canice's ranks high on the list! It a heavenly way to experience the cathedral the way it was initially intended to be - a place to experience His presence.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Walter P
    Brantford, Canada97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make Sure to Climb the Round Tower
    As a Canadian our idea of history pales in comparison to how old things are in Europe. This was a beautiful Cathedral with and amazing history to it. I would recommend everyone pay the extra and climb up the round tower. It gives a great view of the town and also gives you a feel for what they had to endure if attacked and had to hold up in the tower.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 September 2023
  • saul g
    Tel Aviv, Israel1,249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    stunning
    Stunning and well kept on the outsideת this 13th Cent. Cathedral with its 9th Cent. round tower is also very beautiful inside. Entry fees . Don't miss ! Also, make sure to watch the sculpture on the little square on Vicar street , before walking the stairs to the cathedral itself.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
  • lindsey c
    Missoula, Montana73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much history, and an amazing adventure. Was the highlight of my trip to Kilkenny
    A medieval Cathedral that has been restored and is still used for worship. It's beautiful, tasteful and the audio tour was incredibly informative not only about the cathedral, but also about Kilkenny history. I was unsure about doing an audio tour of an active worship space, but 10/10 recommend!! It's fascinating, and the self guided audio tour is top notch! The tower was something I didn’t know we needed to check out (or even sure I COULD) the view of Kilkenny from the top is amazing, and the climb wasn’t too bad. (It’s basically several ladders!) Don’t think, just do it!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 November 2023
  • Dairine
    Kilmacanogue, Ireland10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth visiting.
    This is a great place to visit as it is a historic building which is obviously important to Kilkenny folk. The history of the building and its monuments are well explained, and it is a very beautiful building. And if you are good with heights, climb the adjoining round tower - a really wonderful way to see Kilkenny and an interesting experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 December 2023
  • Kaitlyn H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    2nd visit! Love this spot!
    This was the 2nd time we've been and it was just as good as the first! We came in during them setting up for a Christmas market. The kind lady still set us up to do the self tour around all the christmas stuff. She even went out to let us into the tower in the cold and rain. She was the best! Definitely do the tower climb if you get a chance! Great views from the top even in sideways rain😁
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 December 2023
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iamface
Cardiff, UK1,672 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
joined a tour(guide very nice and informative) and climb up the tower that have very good experience and view about Kilkenny town.
Written 9 April 2024
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Bobby H
County Wexford, Ireland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Had a private tour with Daniel our tour guide who was very pleasant and very knowledgeable. He explained the history of the Cathedral in great detail and the local area.Really enjoyed the guided tour and would highly recommend.Also got to climb the tower on our own and had fantastic views from the top. Would need a moderate level of fitness to complete the climb. Excellent example of medieval Kilkenny.
Written 4 April 2024
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Latifia R
Mancos, CO1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This place was amazing. You must climb the round tower and see the view. You must also tour the inside of the church. Absolutely stunning, so much rich history and the stained glass is breathtaking. The grounds are humbling.
Written 14 March 2024
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Ambassador607019
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Fantastic experience both the tower and cathedral. The staff were so helpful and my self and my daughter delighted to be allowed check the war records for my great grandfathers name. Well worth the money and it was a fantastic experience. Well done to the fantastic staff it was so obvious the pride and joy the felt showing off this historical jewel in Kilkenny . Thanks again
Written 5 February 2024
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Jorg1412
Courtown, Ireland49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Great place to visit in this fabulous city! I enjoyed a great tour by Sally. Very informative and interesting. All other members of staff were also super friendly and helpful (including the Cleaning lady). There is also a great shop within the Cathedral. Well worth a visit!!
Written 3 February 2024
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Reece W
Pocatello, ID19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
To miss this would be a true Tragedy! It was everything I always pictured when I dreamed of going to Ireland.....Incredible! The stained glass......there are no words.
Written 29 January 2024
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Kaitlyn H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This was the 2nd time we've been and it was just as good as the first! We came in during them setting up for a Christmas market. The kind lady still set us up to do the self tour around all the christmas stuff. She even went out to let us into the tower in the cold and rain. She was the best!
Definitely do the tower climb if you get a chance! Great views from the top even in sideways rain😁
Written 10 December 2023
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Dairine
Kilmacanogue, Ireland10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This is a great place to visit as it is a historic building which is obviously important to Kilkenny folk. The history of the building and its monuments are well explained, and it is a very beautiful building. And if you are good with heights, climb the adjoining round tower - a really wonderful way to see Kilkenny and an interesting experience!
Written 3 December 2023
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lindsey c
Missoula, MT73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
A medieval Cathedral that has been restored and is still used for worship. It's beautiful, tasteful and the audio tour was incredibly informative not only about the cathedral, but also about Kilkenny history.

I was unsure about doing an audio tour of an active worship space, but 10/10 recommend!! It's fascinating, and the self guided audio tour is top notch!

The tower was something I didn’t know we needed to check out (or even sure I COULD) the view of Kilkenny from the top is amazing, and the climb wasn’t too bad. (It’s basically several ladders!)

Don’t think, just do it!
Written 23 November 2023
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Patricia F
Cork, Ireland124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Excellent audio tour and superb advisors in this amazing cathedral We just spent an hour but it is so interesting, we plan to go back.
Written 14 November 2023
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