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Rothe House

Address: Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-56-22893
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Ranked #7 of 19 Attractions in Kilkenny
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: A magnificent 17th century Irish merchant's townhouse & garden in the centre of Kilkenny city, open as a museum, garden, genealogy centre, book and gift shop. We open throughout the year: seven days a week in summer, six in winter.

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Washington DC
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I was not sure what to expect here. It is basically a merchant's townhouse consisting of 3 distinct houses. To me, the best part were the gardens & courtyards but it was certainly interesting to see a different type of history. As with most places in Ireland, the people at the admissions desk were lovely and helpful.

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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The Rothe House is a very interesting peek into history, and its gardens are beautiful. We were most pleased, however, with the people who staff the House. Mary Flood, the genealogist, was very sweet and generous with her time. She invited us to use the library, where we met volunteer Charlie Cullan, a charming fellow who helped direct us to... More

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Withernsea, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Only counted around 4 rooms that were pretty much in period but want particularly full of artefacts. Did expect it to be fully furnished and I did actually go round twice on my entrance ticket as thought missed something. It's only €5.50 to look round which I think is right price for this attraction.

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Dublin, Ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Very reasonably priced and the displays and discriptions etc. are easy to take in. There are nice gardens at the back, however I was somewhat perturbed to find some local youths congregating there , seems like there is some public access there.

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Cork
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51 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Self guided with a leaflet. Great information provided. You really got a flavour of what life was like for this family. Great artefacts on display too.

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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This was a self-guided tour and I really enjoyed taking my time. This merchant's house was bigger than I anticipated with two garden areas. The biggest walled garden had old fruit trees and herbs and housed five brown ducks that live there permanently. There was a nice little corner area for them. I could just imagine living back then (to... More

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Hod HaSharon, HaMerkaz, Israel
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The museum contains various everyday life objects(for instans a bum corset for ladies:) from victorian times and back , and give some insight on the high society lifestyle. Also the surprisingly located gardens(do not miss!) have 5 curious ducks and a great view.

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Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This was a big family, the Rothe house has three different parts, shows you how this family and others lived a couple of centuries ago. Big garden in the back. Also where you can research your Irish genealogy, if you came form this county in Ireland.

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Cork, Ireland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Very interesting old house. Lot's to look at. I know funding is an issue, but so much more could be done, eg bedrooms and kitchens laid out as they might have been. Having said that we really enjoyed our visit. The gardens were very nice, but need maintaining, and some more plant labels would have been great. Loved the ducks.... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Really really interesting learning about the generations of people who lived in the house. and to top it off there is a beautiful garden on the roof top

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