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St Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower
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St. Canice’s Cathedral in the Irishtown area of Kilkenny is an impressive structure that dates back to 1285. Explore the cathedral and climb to the top of the magnificent 30 metre high round tower.

St Canice’s Cathedral is a hidden gem on Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile. Kilkenny is even named after this magnificent Cathedral, which has been a site of Christian worship since the 6th century and was known as the last stronghold of the druids before that. Each stone of this 12th century gothic cathedral tells a story.

With characters from knights to shoemakers memorialised in the largest collection of burial monuments in Ireland. Look into the faces of Countesses and witch hunters with St Canice’s breath taking effigies. Or see St Kieran’s chair, the bishop of Ossory’s throne since the 5th Century. Bask in the serenity of Ireland’s second largest Cathedral.

Be illuminated by the magnificent stained-glass windows from artist’s like Harry Clarke. View legendary sculptor Oisín Kelly’s beautiful brass work which seals the 12th century baptismal font. Be part of St Canice’s 800 year old history.

Why we like it
  • Visit a religious site that's been in use since the 6th century.
  • See fantastic examples of Gothic architecture.
  • Read the names of Irish people who died in WWI at the Great War Memorial.
  • Climb the round tower for great views of Kilkenny.
Tips from locals

Take in a music event at St Canice's Cathedral and check out the fantastic natural acoustics.

Tips from locals

Visit the tomb of Bishop Ledrede, who accused and tried Alice Kyteler of witchcraft in the 14th century.

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