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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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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  • You can tell it is run by small nonprofit. Displays are almost an afterthought. House is intersting. Be aware some stairs are barrow and steep. Also the ground is uneven, if you have mobility problems think twice about the tour. The gardens are the highlight of our visit
  • The last house of it's kind left in Ireland. Owned by a silk merchant and bullt in 1594. Lived there until the 1650's when they were dispossessed of all property and banished to the west of Ireland, following the siege of Kilkenny, led by Oliver Cromwell.
  • A house museum to understand the ancient times and the way of living of rich people. The garden is a hidden place... really amazing and well restored.
  • Great place to visit in Kilkenny. Very historical, restored house and grounds. Beautiful gardens where there is an orchard and also herb and vegetable garden.
  • A beautiful garden in the middle of the city. A gem . Somewhere to relax and unwind . The garden and the house is beautiful . The history of the place is amazing .

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Where to stay in Kilkenny

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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