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Rothe House and Garden

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Address: Rothe House & Gardens Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
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+353 56 772 2893
10:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:00

A magnificent 17th century Irish merchant's townhouse & garden in the...

A magnificent 17th century Irish merchant's townhouse & garden in the centre of Kilkenny city, open as a museum, garden, genealogy centre, book and gift shop. We open throughout the year: seven days a week in summer, six in winter.

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What a garden!

Rothe House is a fascinating building, made up of three houses linked by corridors. While the interior isn't laid out as a home (i.e. with the rooms furnished in a uniform... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Elaine K
County Cork, Ireland

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were able to go through the multiple buildings that comprise the Rothe House. It housed several generations of family and gave an idea of how a merchant family lived in the late 16th century. The large garden up a series of steps is worth visiting.

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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

WIth castles and abbeys with which to compete - how could a house and garden fare well? And yet it does - entering the house, you have a clear view of what it would have been like to live (with a great view of the street and Kilkenny) as a merchant - comfortably enough. What was a surprise, however, were... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens are well kept and huge. its great for a picnic or stroll through the gardens. There are benches where you can sit and relax. There is an old grave site on the west side of the garden that looks to belong to the previous owners.

Thank arpegiator
Churchville, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great self guided tour covering centuries of life in Kilkenny. A wonderful garden too. It is centrally located and convenient to all other historic attractions.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens behind Rothe House are so lovely- they even have their own ducks- a must visit! The tour is self guided.

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County Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rothe House is a fascinating building, made up of three houses linked by corridors. While the interior isn't laid out as a home (i.e. with the rooms furnished in a uniform style), the building itself was put to many uses over the centuries and it was interesting to see those represented as I went through each room. I'm a sucker... More 

Thank Elaine K
Alta Loma, California
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

The Rothe House Museum and Gardens is located in the heart of Kilkenny.Between St. Canice's Cathedral and Kilkenny Castle. It is the only early 17th century merchants townhouse in Ireland. It was built in 1594. It's educational with lots of historical information. Don't miss the rooftop garden and the ducks.

Thank Denise T
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Short but thoroughly enjoyable visit here,the courtyard,gardens n inside the house was all very interesting

Thank twinkletoeskildare
Fishers, Indiana
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Los stead right in the heart of Parliament Street, the Rothe House and Garden offers a clear sense for 15th century life among the upper crust in Kilkenny. The stone arched front entrance is quite impressive and sets the tone for the architecture throughout the house. It is worthy of your time if your tour will allow it.

Thank DMJA21
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We found this place by accident as we were late for a different tour in a different place in Kilkenny. A tribute to local enterprise, this facility has been extensively renovated in recent years and enables the visitor get an interesting aspect on the history of Kilkenny over the last 200 years.

Thank David B

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