Rothe House and Garden, Kilkenny

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Visit an important symbol of Killkenny's heritage at Rothe House and Garden, the only 17th-century merchant's house still standing in Ireland. Built between 1594 and 1610, the residence will give you a sense of Renaissance times as you wander through its three houses. The museum within hosts 2,500 original artifacts all related to Killkenny's history. Many of these are over 400 years old, and some date back to prehistoric times. Tours are self-guided, so take as much time to view the relics as you like. Afterward, stroll through the garden out back, which was recently constructed and emulates a typical 17th-century garden. If you have Killkenny roots, the Rothe House can help you trace your Irish genealogy. Put Rothe House and Garden on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kilkenny attractions planning website.
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  • My number 1 in Killkenny. Do not miss Rothe House and Gardens! History beautiful gardens and really entertaining tours by Anne are not to be missed. We popped in for quick visit and stayed too long... 
    My number 1 in Killkenny. Do not miss Rothe House and Gardens! History beautiful gardens and really entertaining tours by Anne are not to be missed. We popped in for quick visit and stayed too long...  more »
  • An absolute treat from start to finish. We were greeted and made welcome by the shop assistant and on entering the house we were fortunate to be able to be guided by a talented and knowledgeable... 
    An absolute treat from start to finish. We were greeted and made welcome by the shop assistant and on entering the house we were fortunate to be able to be guided by a talented and knowledgeable...  more »
  • A great insight into upper middle class urban living in late medieval and early modern times, reasonably well presented, well explained, and with interesting stories, artefacts and details. The... 
    A great insight into upper middle class urban living in late medieval and early modern times, reasonably well presented, well explained, and with interesting stories, artefacts and details. The...  more »
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  • Loved the house but the grounds stole the show. To find out that they had deteriorated and then became a car park was astounding when today it has returned to a most beautiful garden complete with orchard and manicured plantings.
  • Can't wait till it's fully restored. They're doing updates now, I'll have to go back when they're done. Garden restoration is incredible!
  • Fascinating building and gardens with courtyards. Beautifully restored. Treasure hunt with prizes for the kids.
  • Wonderful experience. Anne is witty, crafty, mysterious, and knowledgeable. She will tell you many interesting things about Rothe House and medieval Kilkenny. Liam is a very friendly and handsome chap. He will tell you things about railway! They also sell lovely local products. Surprise if you come on Wednesday.
  • we went on a self guided tour, when paying for tickets we could of been told a very brief story to get us started / interested to view alone.. the guys were quick to take our money off us.. pretty disappointing

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