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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

Coach Rd | The Close, Kilkenny R95 V63H, Ireland
+353 56 776 4971
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Nice church

St. Canice's was a pretty church to visit but I'm not sure it was worth the extra time and walking... read more

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The Cathedral is absolutely beautiful and the timeline/noted historical chart they give you is... read more

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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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“fear of heights” (21 reviews)
“tight squeeze” (13 reviews)
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Coach Rd | The Close, Kilkenny R95 V63H, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

St. Canice's was a pretty church to visit but I'm not sure it was worth the extra time and walking. If you have time to fill and love visiting churches then definitely make a point of going.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Cathedral is absolutely beautiful and the timeline/noted historical chart they give you is fascinating. Incredible history here! Beautifully preserved. The Round Tower is one of only two in Ireland that you can still climb - and the only one you don’t have to pre-book....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It feels a little "touristy" to pay to be in a church, but it was worth it to see the architecture and to feel the history from centuries past. It is a beautiful and welcomed respite from the chaos of our "connected" lives. Self guided...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We just had to give the round tower in the lovely grounds of St Canice's a go. A cheap little adventure, but would certainly be difficult for anyone not comfortable climbing steep steps in a confined space. If you can manage it though (and it...More

Thank Elaine B
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St Canice's C, Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Elaine B, The adventure of climbing the oldest standing structure in the city is indeed a reasonable one at €4.00. Having the relief of knowing your at the top the reward is very much the panoramic view of the city.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fascinating Cathedral. Well worth a visit. Beautifully decorated and detailed medieval tombs were a highlight. The Cathedral has really nice stained glass windows. The round tower is quite unique and worth climbing. The overall self guided tour is well set out and certainly taught...More

Thank Dean H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When in Kilkenny you should try and visit this historic cathedral - which gives its name to the very town - Kilkenny the place of the church iof St. Canice. Whilst there is no guided tour there is a helpful picture board which tells you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the 4 euro to climb! About 150 steep steps with handrails to the 30meter summit. I wouldn't recommend it for the chlostrophobics or those afraid of heights but I'm mildly both and lived. Gorgeous view from the top.

Thank gmann5092
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St Canice's C, Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Gmann5092....your review and recommendation is exactly right. Couldn't say it better myself. Great to know you appreciated the experience of climbing one of two original Round Towers in the country. Thank you for your review

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We climbed the Round Tower which was a tough climb but well worth it even at 72 and 76! We drank a pint of Smithwicks at Matt the Millers and ate a good meal at Rive Gauche. Not enough time to do more. Must return!

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

Hello Suzanne, Reading your response, it make me sense your really did have a good time in Kilkenny. Delighted you climbed the round tower and thank you for your review.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cathedral is absolutely beautiful. The stain glass is so detailed it's incredible. It's a self guided tour, with a print out they provide that gives additional info on some of the items throughout the cathedral. We also went up the round tower, it's a...More

Thank jgate054
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St Canice's C, Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello jgate054.. you have just made my day reading your review. Thrilled to read this was your favorite stop. There is so many things to see and do in Kilkenny. Your review is really appreciated. Thank you

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

unfortunately the tower was out of commission the day we visited. pay to go in, but also pay to go up the tower if you want.

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cdohei
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Yes. There is also a lovely gift shop onsite. Both take. Credit cards. Enjoy!!!
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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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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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