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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

Coach Rd | Irishtown, Kilkenny, Ireland
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Fascinating cathedral interior

This is well worth a visit with it being a rare chance to see a complete cathedral close and round... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Newtownards, United Kingdom
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Beautiful Setting, Steeped in History

I visit here regularly as it is a quiet place to walk. It is a 2-3 minute walk from the city... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kilkenny, Ireland
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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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Coach Rd | Irishtown, Kilkenny, Ireland

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is well worth a visit with it being a rare chance to see a complete cathedral close and round bell tower that has lovely views from the top. Good climbing challenge for distracting teenagers from family holiday ennui. You have to pay admission though....More

Thank MariC66
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I visit here regularly as it is a quiet place to walk. It is a 2-3 minute walk from the city centre, very well maintained and has so much historical value. I have climbed the tower numerous times, it offers a fabulous view of the...More

Thank Pop1985
Reviewed 4 days ago

The St Canice is one off the patrons of Kilkenny. The saint founded a ministry close to today's cathedral. As most catholic churches in Irelandhas been abandoned for some time and only reconstructed in XIX century maintaining the preserved original medieval structure. Few very interesting...More

Thank JacekB_12
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very informative self-guided tour. Well kept church with excellent descriptors to assist in the tour.

Thank ddw43110
St Canice's C, Front Office Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review and I am glad that you got so much from your self guided tour. A lot of time thought and investment went into the information and how it is presented for you, it is good to see it was worthwhile.

Reviewed 6 days ago

Unless you are a hiker or do triathlons, don't go up the tower. Steep. They give you a card with numbered sites to see inside. Was difficult navigating about. I did not think it worth the euros. The other churches don't charge (Catholic churches).More

Thank bluepuppy11
St Canice's C, Front Office Manager at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience with us and I am sorry to hear that it has not been as enjoyable as the experience most of our visitors have had. There is no doubt the tower is a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Catedral de San Canice, también conocida como Catedral de Kilkenny, es una catedral de la Iglesia de Irlanda en la ciudad de Kilkenny, Irlanda. Es en la provincia eclesiástica de Dublín. El edificio actual data del siglo XIII y es la segunda catedral más larga...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The cathedral is beautiful inside and out and the architecture is great if you want to learn more about Ireland's history and there is so much history here to learn. We climbed the tower first, this was fab. The tower leans slightly and the closer...More

Thank esimmo
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cathedral itself is beautiful and historic, but for me the real draw of this place is the Round Tower. I suffer from a fear of heights -- well, really, it's more a fear of climbing steep things. But I refuse to give into this...More

Thank Leejnd
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting cathedral with history back to 12th century well worth a visit You can also go to the top of the round tower if you are brave enough..

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning with a rich history, one of two remaining round towers.We would have loved to climb to the top but we just could not.The surrounding area which hardly anyone visits is also very unique with many buildings still standing and a graveyard that still has...More

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12 July 2017|
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Response from GloriasTravels | Reviewed this property |
I think you can do it. It isn't very big in comparison to other cathedrals. The tower climb will be doable. It isn't that tall. BUT, the tour in Jameson's is WELL worth it. You will probably have a chance to see other... 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