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“Go for the views!”

St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower
Ranked #3 of 75 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.
Reviewed October 5, 2013

If you can stomach the climb up the Round Tower it is definitely worth it! The views are astounding!!

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Many medieval cathedrals have the same features of interest, but there are only a few Irish round towers one's able to climb. The stairs are very steep but perfectly safe, and the views are terrific. It's a great reminder of how ancestors had far less fear than we do in the modern era.

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

If you are looking for traditional Irish headstones with all the iconography of the land, this is a perfect example. We just wandered around and took pictures of all the beautiful sculptures and that was enough for us.

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Great to see this wonderful piece of ancient architecture in our own back yard if you're thinking of visiting Kilkenny not only visit the castle Rothe house but the St Canice's Catherdral will finish the tour on a high especially if access to the tower is available

1  Thank Les T
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

You can climb to the top of the 1000 year old round tower, only 1 of 2 round towers in Ireland that are accessible. Incredible!

1  Thank Matt_and_Lily
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