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A leithéid de phribhléid!

Clambering up inside a more than 1,000 year old Round Tower is so moving and such a privilege! Well... read more

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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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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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!

Date of experience: March 2018
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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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

This cathedral will take your breath away. The women working were kind and informative. The cathedral tour is self guided with a map pointing out facts. The tower was awesome! Difficult to climb, but worth the view. Is only 1 of 2 in the world you can Climb! Take the time to visit here while in Kilkenny

Date of experience: April 2018
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