Rothe House and Garden, Kilkenny

(3.4/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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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  • On the main street you see a small part of this complex. The interiors are very interesting but the most particular is definitely l'orto sul tetto. Available brochures in Italian to be used during the visit.
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  • We found this place by accident as we were late for a different tour in a different place in Kilkenny. A tribute to local enterprise, this facility has been extensively renovated in recent years and e...  more »
  • Definitely worth a look if you are in Kilkenny. We really enjoyed walking around and reading about its history. The garden is fantastic too.