St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, Kilkenny

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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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  • August 16, 2017
    As we entered the church, we were pleasantly surprised to hear a beautiful orchestra and opera singers, who were practicing in the church. It made for an incredible display and performance! The church...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Truly a very important Cathedral with its circular tower on the outside looks like a fireplace to a chimney. The Cathedral is surrounded by a beautiful cemetery.
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    Really interesting climb up the tower to reveal excellent views across the city. Would recommend this but not if you don't like enclosed spaces and heights!  more »

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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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