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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

Coach Rd | Irishtown, Kilkenny R95 V63H, Ireland
+353 56 776 4971
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One of Irelands finest

St Canice's is a gem and the prism through which to view Centuries of Kilkenny,and indeed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sean002
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Carlingford, Ireland
Visit to Church and Tower

Well worth the price; lovely church and the tower is a bit of an unexpected adventure! Views from... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
J2982VDlisaa
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Milford, Connecticut
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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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Coach Rd | Irishtown, Kilkenny R95 V63H, Ireland
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Coach Rd | Irishtown, Kilkenny R95 V63H, Ireland
+353 56 776 4971
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Reviewed 1 week ago

St Canice's is a gem and the prism through which to view Centuries of Kilkenny,and indeed Irish,life.It is hard to get one's head around over a thousand years of History and there is a wealth of artefacts here .The self guided tour gives one time...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the price; lovely church and the tower is a bit of an unexpected adventure! Views from the top were great, even on a cloudy day. Worth checking out!

Thank J2982VDlisaa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a free entry, but the fee is reasonable. To keep the Cathedral in shape and heated takes money. You are given a card to do a self-guided tour, with numbers to match important areas. The numbers are not sequential, which is somewhat confusing. Also,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened to be in Kilkenny on a day trip from Dublin. While having lunch our waitress suggested we might want to have a look at St Canice’s Catherdral Tower. You need to pay to climb the tower, which we did inside the church. We...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Climbed the steep steps up to the top of the tower. Wonderful views of the City and surrounding area from the top. The climb itself is quite steep and there is a height restriction so be aware of this if bringing younger kids. Cost is...More

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St Canice's C, Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Shane, thank you so much for your great and accurate review. Much appreciated.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my nan came here for a walk around whilst in Kilkenny. It’s such a nice place, lots of history, great views and lots to learn

Thank Paul W
St Canice's C, Front Office Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review. Happy New Year!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I found it unbelievable that there were people complaining about having to pay a meagre fee to visit the church and climb the round tower. Pay double and think of it as a non compulsory donation if it makes you feel better. The Church is...More

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St Canice's C, Front Office Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and it is great to hear that you love this Cathedral and Tower as much as we do. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2018 and hope you have had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the best Cathedral to tour. It was nicely kept. I enjoyed the scale down version of the Kilkenny. The craftsmanship of the Cathedral awed me also the stained glass windows. If I was to come back I would tour this site again, so...More

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St Canice's C, Front Office Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your very lovely review. Happy New Year to you and yours!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to lots of medieval cathedrals, churches and courtyards, but i have never climbed 121 steps to the top of a tiny tower via ladders. This was amazing. I’m so lucky to have done it in December with no lines. It could get...More

Thank Matthew M
St Canice's C, Front Office Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the review and yes those lines do appear over the summer months but we manage them as best we can. I hope you had a clear day to look out over Kilkenny from a very unique position. Happy New Year!

Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Like all churches and cathedrals in Ireland, this one is beautiful and has a old graveyard. I’ve been there yesterday and it was snowing, so it was amazing. If you want to go inside you need to pay € 3 (adulto) and € 1 (children).

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kcowley
12 July 2017|
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Response from St Canice's C | Property representative |
Hello, I am very sorry that I did not get to answer your question in a timely manner, I hope this did not put you off your visit to us as I can see some very concise answers from other Trip Advisor users, I recommend 30... More
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KailuaGal
13 May 2016|
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Response from St Canice's C | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your email. The round tower climb will take approx 20 min. The Cathedral can take from 30 min to one hour depending on you level of interest in the building or to take time out to relax. Usual time of... More
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