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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 Tours and Activities

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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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Shared Group Walking Guided Tour of Kilkenny

Shared Group Walking Guided Tour of Kilkenny

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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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Historical Irish Graveyards Tour in Kilkenny

Historical Irish Graveyards Tour in Kilkenny

The tour is a unique experience to learn about Irish Graveyards. The Irish have a unique perspective on Graveyard's calling them 'Garden's of Slumber' and 'God's acre'. Your guide Sarah is a historian with a passion for telling stories who will show you two of Kilkenny's oldest and most beautiful graveyards. Hear about the people buried in each Graveyard? The layout of Graveyards and the devil's shadow, that part of the Graveyard no one wanted to be buried in. Discover Irelands burial practices from the early Christian period to World War I. Get to know the tombstone symbols and what they meant? Learn skills that will help you read any Irish Graveyard.
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  • 1 hour
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What are St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower hours of operation?
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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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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower can get crowded. 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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How much does it cost to visit St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower costs USD 13.80. Guided St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower tours start around USD 13.80 per person.
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