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St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower
St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower

St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower

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The vast Gothic cathedral of St. Canice is named in honor of a sixth-century Irish abbot and preacher and sits on the site of a church dating right back to that time. Completed in 1285, it is a prominent landmark in the charming – and tiny – Irish city of Kilkenny, which in the sixth century was the main settlement of the ancient Kingdom of Ossary. The town grew to be a Catholic center of some importance in Ireland, which explains the presence of the country’s second-largest cathedral. Complete with rose windows and slender spires, the exterior of the cathedral is built of limestone, and on sunny days its interior is aglow with light that sparkles on the patterned marble floors from the stained-glass windows. Among its treasures are several unusual 17th-century tomb chests and the reputed stone throne of St Kieran, a fifth-century bishop. St. Canice also houses the Great War Memorial List, containing the names of all Irishmen who died in World War I.

The slender, 98.5-foot (30-meter) round tower adjacent to the church was built in the ninth century and originally acted as a look-out tower to protect the residents of Kilkenny and their precious religious sites. It can be climbed by a steep internal stairway for views over the medieval rooftops of the city center.

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The Close, Coach Rd, Kilkenny, Ireland

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Shared Group Walking Guided Tour of Kilkenny

Shared Group Walking Guided Tour of Kilkenny

Your guide is a trained national tour guide from Kilkenny. The tour is two hours long and covers areas outside the medieval mile which are particularly fascinating.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation


St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower hours of operation: April-May & Sept: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 to 5 p.m.; Sun 2 to 5 p.m. June-Aug: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun 1 to 6 p.m. Oct-March: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m., Sun 2 to 4 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

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