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Rothe House and Garden

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Address: Rothe House & Gardens Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
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+353 56 772 2893
10:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:00

A magnificent 17th century Irish merchant's townhouse & garden in the...

A magnificent 17th century Irish merchant's townhouse & garden in the centre of Kilkenny city, open as a museum, garden, genealogy centre, book and gift shop. We open throughout the year: seven days a week in summer, six in winter.

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Pleasantly surprised

We were waiting for another site to open so stopped in and was pleasantly surprised. While a house of some wealth it was not a mansion so that made it interesting. The garden was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 May 2016
Marysville, Ohio

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Marysville, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

We were waiting for another site to open so stopped in and was pleasantly surprised. While a house of some wealth it was not a mansion so that made it interesting. The garden was for functional purposes and made for an interesting tour. It helped us understand the commercial world of Kilkenny and what that wealth brought to people.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

It's great that such an old building has been preserved and it looks amazing from the outside, however the exhibitions are somewhat lacking. This could be an amazing attraction if a little more thought was put into it. There is space for so much more and the rooms and courtyards themselves are wonderful. The garden is pleasant and well maintained.

Thank Philomena S
County Wexford, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

this is a very beautiful house to look at but once you walk inside its very disjointed and poky this is just the way life was back then but it made myself and my son uncomfortable. also the fact that you had to show yourself around was annoying as you arent sure where or what your ment to look at... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

We visited because it was billed as a medieval house containing artifacts. Well, the artifacts, although interesting, were not very many. They were also of various periods and mostly had nothing to do with the house or gardens. Regardless, this was well worth the time to see a beautifully preserved medieval house that actually is comprised of three houses. The... More 

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

As an American, the age of the house and gardens is hard to grasp. The garden dates back to the 1600's and includes authentic vegetables, fruit trees, berries, and herbs. As someone who has read Culpepers Herbal, here's an herb garden that is somewhat contemporary to that book. Awesome. The grounds are cool, especially the antlers of the long-extinct Irish... More 

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

The amount of information that is available here is surprising. Give yourself plenty of time to browse the exhibits, and visit the gardens weather permitting.

Thank Paddy G
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

we went to rothe house to find out about my family history.greeted by a very helpfull lady at the desk who told us all the things that we needed to do to get the genealogist to look up our family tree. we paid some money and she said the genealogist would contact us..three weeks later we got a letter from... More 

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RotheHouse, Manager at Rothe House and Garden, responded to this review

Dear Tourcats Thank you for your interest in our Family History research facility. We are sorry you were unhappy with the results of our search. I'm sure you are aware that given the nature of the sources it is not always possible to provide the information that is hoped for; I believe that this was communicated to you in various... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

Well presented with some really interesting facts in regard to medieval townhouses. Will be great when they get the guides to show people round and give the story of the family. Worth a visit

Thank MillyWestYorks
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

Costing 15 euro for a family ticket, this was quite expensive compared to other sights to see in Kilkenny for the same price, however, we did find it interesting but would be better on a sunny day as the garden at the top was quite pretty.

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County Wexford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Visited here a few weeks ago on a cold wet Saturday. We were greeted by a lovely friendly lady Nancy, she explained some of the history of the house and told us it was well worth a visit so we decided to go in. Well what a lovely surprise this is such a beautiful well preserved historic building well worth... More 

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