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Visit the ancient St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, considered the second-longest cathedral in Ireland. Historians believe that this site has has hosted Christian worship since the 6th century, though the current structure dates back to the 13th century. Walk the grounds and admire the cathedral's English Gothic style. Climb to the top of the 9th-century Celtic Christian round tower that stands 30 m (100 ft) tall. Study the architecture and interiors, which have been carefully preserved in the original style. Add St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and other attractions to your Kilkenny trip itinerary using our Kilkenny trip planner .
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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower Reviews
Fantastic piece of Irish history right in the middle of Kilkenny, it explains so much about the area and local dignitaries. Well worth the entry fee, allow yourself a couple of hours because this plac... more »
This church was one of the best we saw in Ireland, It offers the unique experience of climbing the tower. Its a pretty quick climb, but is pretty small space, so be prepared for that. The view from th... more »
There is a very interesting information centre and the staff are very enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge of the area. Great 360 view of Kilkenny city from the top of the tower. It is pretty narrow so if you suffer from heights or are claustrophobic it may not be the best idea. My legs were shaking doing up the wooden stairs 😳
Beautiful grounds, lovely graveyard and stunning inside the church. The real highlight is climbing the very narrow set of multiple staircases to the top of the tower. A speaker blares some words of encouragement as you approach the halfway point of the climb. Be mindful of your steps, it's incredibly narrow. The view is worth the price of admission. Be mindful when you're leaving the Cathedral grounds. The exit through the Cathedral walls steps immediately onto an active thoroughfare, proceed with caution. You can't hear vehicles coming and we were nearly struck down when we were leaving. Our own fault mind you, but don't make our same mistake!
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