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. Arrange your visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and discover more family-friendly attractions in Kilkenny using our Kilkenny holiday planner.
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  • Great self-guided tour. The cathedral is beautiful and has some really cool history. Definitely recommend going up the tower (a series of ladders) at the end, where the best views of Kilkenny city are...  more »
  • not expecting much of the building because it is quite austere but surprisingly, inside, above all the tombs of the family Butler, Lords of the nearby castle
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  • Few churches with classical-style interior. If you do not want to pay to see the interior, at least is worth going to see it out.
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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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