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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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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower reviews

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  • A stunning cathedral to visit, the self guided walk is perfect to read about some of the interesting features and history of the building. We climbed the tower which give great views over the... 
    A stunning cathedral to visit, the self guided walk is perfect to read about some of the interesting features and history of the building. We climbed the tower which give great views over the...  more »
  • I came here later in the day looking to get to the top of the tower. There was a large school group that was going up and I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to before they closed. Luckily I waited.....  more
    I came here later in the day looking to get to the top of the tower. There was a large school group that was going up and I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to before they closed. Luckily I waited.....  more »
  • Not for the faint hearted as theirs a few steps to climb to get to the top of the Round tower and it gets narrower as you get to the top. At the top is a spectacular view of Kilkenny and surrounds... 
    Not for the faint hearted as theirs a few steps to climb to get to the top of the Round tower and it gets narrower as you get to the top. At the top is a spectacular view of Kilkenny and surrounds...  more »
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  • Beautiful Cathedral in a stunning old town. This is a beautiful old cathedral. Not the grandest but inside and outside are delightfully pretty and the ancient stonework is in superb condition. It looks really neat with the tower which is interesting in itself and a good climb. The views from the top is great but not brilliant...you can see the city but it is pretty flat. Helpful staff and entry is 4€ to the cathedral and tower...that’s all I paid anyway. My visit: 15th October 2018.
  • Beautifully restored piece of ancient history. The staff were very helpful. The tour is both the cathedral and tower. Beware of windy days. This is a church mostly where services are still held. The ancient tombs inside are amazing. Don't forget to look on the floor and up at the amazing roof
  • Beautifully Cathedral in the centre of Kilkenny. The best place to visit with your family in a sunny summer day. Actually all the little hiding roads behind the cathedral are very beautiful and they have a very special vibe. I enjoyed it 🍀🍀🍀
  • Definitely one of the best attractions in the town of Kilkenny, great place to both have living worship as well as enjoy historical significance and architecture. The tower is a must see as it gives you an amazing view of the small town and former medieval settlement
  • Beautiful Cathedral in terms of architecture and build. From the exterior, looks well maintained. Couldn't go inside the Cathedral or Round Tower as it was closed for visitors the day I went.

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