What's nearby
Church Mouse Tours takes you on a quirky and fascinating journey through two of Kilkenny City's Medieval graveyards with historian Sarah Myers. The "How to Read a Graveyard Tour" lets you discover the symbols, superstitions and stories of Kilkenny's astounding burial monuments. The "Junior Church Mouse Tour" is tailored for younger explorers with plenty of fun and games.

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

Why we like it
  • 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.
Family friendly
mapGet directions on Google Maps
Contact details
St Canice's Pl, Gardens, Kilkenny, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend up to 2 to 3 hours here.

Mail Icon SVG
Mail Icon SVGTravel inspiration to your inbox?

Subscribe now to receive destination inspiration, travel tips, upcoming events and all the best things to do around Ireland!

Sign me up