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The "Birthplace" of Kilkenny

Beautiful church that is purported to be the location where the city had its historical foundation... read more

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This is a beautiful cathedral. We looked at the 18 notable sights and the information presented was... read more

Reviewed 4 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...more
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Coach Rd | The Close, Kilkenny R95 V63H, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful church that is purported to be the location where the city had its historical foundation and hence it's name. We did not go up in the tower, however, the views apparently are worth the climb. It is a beautiful cathedral both for it's grand...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful cathedral. We looked at the 18 notable sights and the information presented was good. Worth a visit!

Thank TravelIntl
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

St. Canices Cathedral and round tower was really amazing. Being in a building like this makes the hairs on your skin stand up, not because it's scary, but rather the history that is almost tangible with the walls of this architectural marvel. I highly recommend...More

Thank johnburns
Reviewed 1 week ago

The round tower is high and can be seen from afar in Kilkenny! Church was built in 13th century (early gothic style) but the tower is older (9th century). It is a very large church (second longest cathedral in Ireland, after St Patrick's in Dublin)!...More

Thank AthanasiaGreece
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church seems to be a typical Anglican church inside. For me, the best part was climbing the tower (separate charge). It is 121 ladder rungs to the top. The ladders criss cross across the tower as you make your way to the top. The...More

Thank LovesToTravel918
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can see the inside of the church and/or the tower. None of the party was brave enough to climb the stairs to the top of the tower. The Cathedral was amazing. It's a self guided tour but the friendly, knowledgeable staff are willing to...More

Thank NorthStar00258490770
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Cathedral is very old and is been renovated. The cemetary thats all around is very old, there are tombs even in the small roundabout in front of the church.

Thank b0b2145
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly staff. Option to climb the round tower. Informative and interesting. Not expensive. Not too far from castle

Thank marcolet
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The self guided tour brochure provided with your entry ticket helped make the tour of this beautiful 13th century Church of Ireland Cathedral with a wealth of history ever so much more interesting and meaningful. It was a pity that the Tower was closed because...More

1  Thank TonyJonesRSA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed learning so much of the history in the area from the cathedral. The view from the top of the twer was spectacular

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Response from Deschaufel9 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There is also a lovely gift shop onsite. Both take. Credit cards. Enjoy!!!
11 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