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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

Coach Rd | The Close, Kilkenny R95 V63H, Ireland
+353 56 776 4971
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SMT

A great historical church and tower. Try to do the tower first if no line, it fills quickly. Very... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
mamatoay
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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Beautiful

Unfortunately we arrived at the cathedral and round tower after the gates had closed. It is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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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“fear of heights” (21 reviews)
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Coach Rd | The Close, Kilkenny R95 V63H, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A great historical church and tower. Try to do the tower first if no line, it fills quickly. Very steep stairs but manageable if in shape. They only allow a few in at a time which is good.

Thank mamatoay
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Unfortunately we arrived at the cathedral and round tower after the gates had closed. It is beautiful and I hear the tower is worth the trip.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit! Very interesting, the history behind the tower etc is fascinating. Beautifully clean and just far enough away from the hustle and bustle to be quiet and peaceful!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted to go up the tower of this church, but, I did not have time. The grounds are very restful and the church is an impressive building. The laneway up to this church is tiny, but, it has a lovely set of steps outside...More

Thank Emily G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived just in time to be the last group to go up the tower. It was well worth the effort. It’s an example of the towers built to earn the approaching of Viking raiders. It’s centuries old. The cathedral is rustically beautiful. Only had...More

Thank Don M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the self guided tour of St Canice's Cathedral and were very glad we stopped in to see it. There were so many historical events that have taken place here that it was fascinating to read about and to walk through and look at...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an add on for us on our way back to Dublin and was it ever worth it! The site has been used for worship for over a thousand years and the church it self for 500+. The Effigy Tombs are staggeringly beautiful and...More

Thank RobM682
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I never expected this seemingly small church to be so fascinating. It contains interesting gravestones, a bishop's chair, and beautiful stained glass windows, and intricate woodcarvings in the choir. This is a "must see" church.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just a gorgeous church is amazing condition. The towers is a bit of a climb but so worth it for the view. This should not be missed when visiting Kilkenny.

Thank Beth M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't pay to go in or to go up the tower. 130 steps up to the top. Some in our group did and said it was worth it.

Thank DougTMesa
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cdohei
May 16, 2018|
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Response from Deschaufel9 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There is also a lovely gift shop onsite. Both take. Credit cards. Enjoy!!!
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kcowley
July 11, 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
May 12, 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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