Ireland's graveyards are known as "Gardens of Sleep" and "God's Acre". They are sites of beauty and meaning. Church Mouse Tours of Kilkenny City gives you the opportunity to read the meaning of these sacred places.
During the "How to Read a Graveyard Tour" participants will learn how Kilkenny families commemorated their dead and the burial practices from the early Christian era the to modern day. Who is buried under the round tower? Are those stone slabs to stop grave robbers or the dead from rising? Why did people need a reusable coffin? All will be revealed.
Visitors will meet at St Canice's head sculpture on the square where Vicar St. meets Dean St. at St. Canice Place. From here you will journey up the medieval steps to discover the stories of Kilkenny's dead. Next you will visit St Mary's graveyard and will explore the most beautiful Renaissance burials in Ireland. The Graveyard tours vary from 1.5 to 2 hours in length. The Junior Church Mouse tour lasts about 45 minutes.
Hear the legends of these amazing places. You will find tranquility and renewal at these sacred sites
- Explore the most beautiful Renaissance burials in Ireland and feel the whispers from the past.
- Discover the astounding symbols, superstitions and stories of Kilkenny City's sacred burial practices and monuments.
- Younger explorers will enjoy the shorter Junior Church Mouse Tour with plenty of fun and games.
- Your guide Sarah is an expert on the history of the Kilkenny region and beyond.