The Tholsel
The Tholsel
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O'Brien G
Athlone, Ireland729 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Kilkenny is peppered with fine buildings but The Tholsel is a remarkable survival despite the vicissitudes of time. Few Irish towns can boast having an eighteenth century Tholsel or Market House.

This fine stone building dates from 1761 and has an open arcade on the ground floor which when we passed had a busker with a fine voice singing a few songs but it was quite easy to imagine the time that this space was filled with stalls selling produce to the passers-by. Above the arcade was the officers which once operated as the City Hall for Kilkenny and at other times a court-house for the city and a guildhall for the craftsmen. The building is surmounted by an octagonal roof tower which serves as a clock-tower.

This building replaced two earlier Tholsel buildings where the tolls (or taxes) of the city were collected. So really the whole idea of a Tholsel in Kilkenny goes back to medieval times. That this building has survived is remarkable in itself - like Rothe House and the Shee Alms House the Tholsel is one of the must-see buildings of Kilkenny.

With very little imagination one can conjure up the idea of the law-breakers of ol being clamped in the stocks to be jeered by passers by. If I had been able to join a walking tour of the city I'm sure I would have learned considerably more about the Tholsel.
Written September 16, 2016
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia8,395 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The building dates to 1761, replacing an earlier structure from 1578, and has had varied uses; custom house, guildhall, courthouse and today, City Hall. The building straddles the footpath as an open arcade with pillars and arches. The Tower, with it's clock and viewing platform can be seen behind the building. The building was damaged by fire in 1985, renovated, and re-opened in 1987.
Written June 22, 2019
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Michael M
Kilkenny, Ireland26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
It has a regency curved stairway that's in danger of being demolished by the Council itself as they want to make way for modern windows and a lift - surely a sacrilege!
Visitors should all question the Council there about such contemplated vandalism.
Written June 2, 2019
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JAJAYtravellers
Bathurst, Australia233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Another marvelous building in this wonderful old city. Fascinating history and that you can still gaze and wonder about their stories
Written May 28, 2018
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WaterfordTrooper
Waterford, Ireland230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
Visited the bar on a recent night away, place was full with mainly locals.

Plenty of choice of beers etc.

Reasonable prices.

Plenty of sport on the big screens.

Located in centre of Kilkenny and within walking distances of many other pubs.

Food is great here too.
Written January 22, 2017
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Gooner10-8
Dublin, Ireland1,949 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
Known to many as "The Marble City" (because of the local black limestone used on floors & building decorations around the town), Kilkenny is an interesting place to explore on foot, combining historic buildings & sites and delightful old-fashioned shopfronts, with much more modern facilities. High Street, right at the heart of this bustling (at times "traffic-cursed") city, is a good place to start.

As we ambled along on a March Saturday afternoon, our attention was caught by what was clearly an old building with a kind of arched canopy jutting-out onto the pavement. We discovered that this was in fact "The Tholsel", which was built in 1761 as a toll-collecting centre, and has subsequently served as a courthouse and a guild hall. To-day it acts as Kilkenny's Town Hall, besides being a traditional local meeting point.

To our eyes, it's an impressive, attractive landmark, topped-off by an eye-catching copper clad tower with a clock. My "Better Half", M was quick to spot a relief sculpture of Kilkenny's coat of arms on the building's southern facade, just above the level of the adjacent shop signs.

We noticed an artist was selling various drawings of "The Tholsel" and other local landmarks in the open arcade - to be honest, while these were interesting and quite well executed, we felt they were over-priced. By the way, while pavements in the immediate vicinity of "The Tholsel" were fine, conditions underfoot deteriorated further along the atmospheric High Street - I had quite a bad fall later as I tripped on a distinctly uneven surface, sustaining some nasty cuts & bruises!
Written March 31, 2015
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KyFlynn
Munich, Germany1,817 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I sadly wasn't able to enter it when I visited, but it surely looks interesting and is great for photos of Kilkenny!
Written October 7, 2023
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permia
Ireland63,196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
A remarkable edifice with its classical frontage of columns and arcade is a historic aspect of the premier street.

Built in the early 1860s it name derives from Hall of Taxes, its first purpose being the collection of tolls. In the following centuries it was used as a customs house, courts were held there and local guilds met there.
Written September 24, 2019
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rayroy
Boardman, OH1,516 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
It's a cool building in the center of high Street. Looks like its still used as some kind of office. Makes for a nice picture
Written May 31, 2019
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Bruce H
Brisbane, Australia1,481 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Starting off collecting taxes with 'Tholsel' meaning 'Toll' to spending them as the town hall and courthouse to its present use as a market place. A great old building.
Written October 18, 2016
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