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“What a wonderful church and Roundhouse”

St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower
Ranked #9 of 81 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 3 weeks ago via mobile

St Canice’s itself is a beautiful cathedral with a very good self-guided tour available, and lots of really interesting odds and ends. But the highlight of this site is the 9th century roundtower; one of only two medieval roundtowers in the world that are still able to be climbed. It’s not a particularly hard slog to the top (about 120 steep stairs in six flights), but it’s an amazing experience. A highlight of our time in Kilkenny, and my kids loved it.

Thank John R
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

We toured cathedral the day we arrived in Ireland so we were tired but we still found it delightful. We actually had to wait until it opened. We spent the waiting time exploring the graveyard. Many of the graves carried names of the most important families in Kilkenny history, which we found out later during our time in town. There are information panels in graveyard that provide some history of the Cathedral. The self guided tour inside was great and so informative. To sit in the almost 800 year-old See Chair was a real treat! Also learned about President Obama's so many greats uncle. It is a small world we live in today. The tower is impressive and we would have climbed it but my husband is 6'-5" and they said it would be possible but not very comfortable for him.

Thank Taylor M
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

The whole church tours is great and well laid out, with a good handout for a self guided tour. The twoer climb and the views make the day.

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

We did not originally plan to visit this cathedral. I am so pleased that we did!! It is a wonderfully preserved cathedral and round tower. The staff was very helpful and kind. Definitely climb the tower and you will be rewarded with incredible views of Kilkenny!

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

It was raining off and on the day we visited so I was pleased to find that they had opened their round tower for climbing as I had read they didn’t open it in bad weather. This tower is one of only two round towers in Ireland that can be climbed by the general public so I really wanted to do this climb. We looked through the cathedral first which was still a working cathedral and well maintained. It had many historical points of interest. Next we went outside to the tower where we left the backpack with the attendant and we started the climb. They had installed steep wooden stairs almost like ladders. This had the advantage over the type of stairs we normally find in old buildings in that they were not smooth triangular stone stairs but rougher rectangular wooden stairs which I certainly found easiest to climb especially as there was hand rails as well. Obviously the tower grew thinner as we climbed so things became a little tighter with the climb. Finally after seven flights of stairs we had reached the top. It was very blowy and starting to rain again so we took a photo to prove we had reached the top then descended.

Thank MarjofromBrissie
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