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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

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Address: Coach Rd | Irishtown, Kilkenny, Ireland
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353-56-64971
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St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower are an essential part of the...

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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Some locals suggested that we climb the tower at St. Canice's. Always listen to locals! I'm not sure this type of attraction would fly in the United States. It's more or less a... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Some locals suggested that we climb the tower at St. Canice's. Always listen to locals! I'm not sure this type of attraction would fly in the United States. It's more or less a straight climb up with some steep stairs and then a ladder. I like the motion activated guide that talked to us during various points in our assent.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

St Canice's is on the side of Kilkenny opposite the Castle. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from one end to the other and about an hour to take in the Church, tower and grounds. But if you're there when Kilkenny's shops and pubs are open, I'd allow for another couple hours for that.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Although very claustrophobic the Tower was worth the climb up, They should explain how tight it gets towards the top, but it was worth it. The inside of the cathedral is gorgeous and the staff are really friendly!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well preserved and fascinating insight into the area and building. A cat was an unofficial tour guide while there and actually guided us from point to point on the tour insight. If you see the little black cat just follow him around for the tour!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here with two adults and two kids. 7 and 11. Cheap price to go up the round tower. Stairs are steep and care must be taken with kids both going up and down. Great views from the top. Well worth a visit. Staff very friendly on the day we even purchased certs for the kids to show the completed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cathedral and surroundings are breathtaking. I climbed the tower, it gives you great views across the city. The person who sold the tickets said that Cromwell sat at the top of the tower to watch his army enter Kilkenny. The gift shop has some really nice prints of the cathedral too.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sunday visit, having to pay into a protestant cathedral is a bit cheeky. Then not being allowed to enter until 1400 when church service finished at 1300 is a real shame. Tower looks lovely but you must purchase a ticket inside the cathedral which you arent allowed enter....loss of revenue. Loads of people arrived to be met with disappointment and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been in Kilkenny so many times but never made St.canices before.so glad we did so beautifully maintained and staff fantastic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A splendid walk through 1000 + years of history. There is a small fee to tour the Cathedral which is well worth it. Also, there is a small fee if you choose to go up the 100 foot tower where the priests used to hide the valuables etc. during periods of Viking raids....amazing

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The walk up to visit would be hard on the senior citizens ,once up and in the pulpit, stain glass windows make it worth while!

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