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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower
Ranked #3 of 71 things to do in Kilkenny
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Owner description: 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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“wow!”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

In fabulous condition, the little laminated information sheet you are loaned is excellent. Beautiful church. We did not climb the tower, didn't really think that Kilkenny was likely to need a view from above.

Visited April 2013
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“Good view, worth a visit”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

The kids and I enjoyed the grounds and looked around the shop and cemetery while my husband climbed the tower. Kids under 12 aren't allowed to climb up the tower. You can see some of the church without fully entering as the gift shop is inside and open to the church.

Visited April 2013
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“Amazing Views of Kilkenny”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Unfortunately when we visited there was a coral concert going on. We were able to enter the Cathedral free of charge but there were so many people we couldn't move. We were still able to go in the Round Tower and it is hands down the best view of Kilkenny.

Visited March 2013
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“Interesting”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Another beautiful piece of history. Unfortunately couldn't see it all as there was a choir practising for a concert in the evening.

Visited March 2013
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“Cool graveyard”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

The best part of this was walking around the graveyard and looking at the headstones and tombs. Some date back to the 1500's. Inside the cathedral has been restored and is beautiful. They still hold mass there to this day.

Visited March 2013
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