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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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Round Tower

View from the top is well worth the climb on a sunny day. Very helpful staff and interesting... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Nice Cathedral. Amazing, unusual tower.

Beautiful church, self guided tour, sketchy hike up wooden steps to an ancient tower but worth the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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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“worth the climb” (46 reviews)
“fear of heights” (20 reviews)
“tight squeeze” (12 reviews)
Coach Rd | Irishtown, Kilkenny R95 V63H, Ireland
+353 56 776 4971

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Reviewed 3 days ago

View from the top is well worth the climb on a sunny day. Very helpful staff and interesting display

Thank jcb369
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful church, self guided tour, sketchy hike up wooden steps to an ancient tower but worth the effort.

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St Canice's C, Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello rsnow5, Thank you for your review. Indeed the tower is unusual, the round towers are unique to the Irish landscape and one of few surviving aspects of the built heritage relating to the pre Anglo Norman times.

Reviewed 1 week ago

This cathedral is beautiful! We climbed the round tower, and while it is a little nerve wracking getting up there, the view from the top was absolutely breathtaking

Thank KerriK53180
Reviewed 1 week ago

The cathedral is undoubtedly beautiful but the tacky tourist shop just inside the church entrance and the excessive admission fee just kills the whole feel of the place. It just felt wrong to have charged admission to a religious building and the cheesy 'oirish' souvenirs...More

Thank Anne-Marie M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were advised by Tourist Info that the Cathedral was closed for lunch between 1pm and 2pm. The notices all around the cathedral gave the same information. Having walked all the way up there, (my husband with some mobility problems), we arrived at 12.35 to...More

Thank R8963ZNanon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Self-guided tour of the cathedral is full of interesting history. The cathedral itself is so beautiful. Don't miss out on climbing the tower!

Thank jemx1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This cathedral is built in the XIII century on an ancient site used for Christian worship from the VI century. Near the cathedral there is a round tower opened for public. There is an option to buy a combined ticket and both explore the cathedral...More

Thank Elle_Ventrouge
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was impressive to walk among all these antient stones remebering the old days! The tower is so high and so unusual!

Thank marinavolkovaserova
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Please go and visit this amazing place, lots of history and soooo beautiful, this is the most beautiful church I have seen, windows are amazing

Thank Eilish G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My cousin wasn't so sure. But I wanted a view of Kilkenny. She made it up, yes narrow steep stairs but it was definitely worth it. We could both say we did it!!! Church was lovely from the outside with tidy gardens as we walked...More

Thank 652Yummy8
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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
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