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. Make Rothe House and Garden part of your personalized Kilkenny itinerary using our Kilkenny vacation planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This was a great attraction in the medieval town. We were late to tour the insides but did manage to see the huge roof top garden. While it needed some love, the enormity of the place gave us some per...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    A few beautiful buildings from the 17th century, a beautiful garden, large rooms with a few odd objects in interests. A visit possible but not really necessary.
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  • August 8, 2017
    I can't believe I've been in Kilkenny so many times and haven't visited this beautiful house. A magnificent cultural 'must visit' on anyone's agenda while in Kilkenny. I almost missed the garden, thin...  more »
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  • May 9, 2017
    Rothe house is one of the places on the Medieval Mile in Kilkenny I thought would be worth a look for completeness sake, especially with so many incredible cathedrals and a castle along the strip, but it ended up being my favourite attraction. With a measly €5.50 entry fee I and an unassuming frontage I definitely wasn't expecting to spend 2 hours wandering around the estate and loving every minute. Rothe house is a late 16th century mansion built by one of the most powerful men in Kilkenny and inhabited by his descendants. The exhibit is broken down to 3 time periods (16th century, 19th century and prior to the 14th century) within the 3 houses that make up the estate. At the back of the property is a massive garden which appears out of nowhere and imbues you with an added appreciation to how wealthy the Rothe's were and also how much effort has gone into the restoration. There are enough relics and rooms to keep yourself occupied for a couple of hours if you want to take your time, but on the same token you could easily spend a few minutes in each area and still take a lot away from it. The whole experience is really well done and props to those who have gone to so much effort to make it look so authentic. Well worth a visit.
  • April 17, 2017
    Well-curated selection of local books in front with lovely manicured gardens in back.
  • June 15, 2017
    Lovely old historic building with fabulous garden
  • July 4, 2017
    Very well keep historical house in Kilkenny
  • April 26, 2016
    Lovely building and gardens. Something to see in town centre

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For a historical Irish experience, stay in Kilkenny County's namesake city, a medieval destination with no shortage of lodging options. If you are interested in exploring the central sights of this city, stay at one of the many hotels, hostels, or bed and breakfasts near its center. For something more affordable, head to the outskirts and look into guesthouse options. You can also choose a nearby spa if you want to splurge on a relaxing getaway.
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