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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  • We enjoyed our visit. We didn't climb the tower but it looked as if many were doing so. Easy to walk to from the centre of town. 
    We enjoyed our visit. We didn't climb the tower but it looked as if many were doing so. Easy to walk to from the centre of town.  more »
  • Gorgeous old cathedral with stunning stain glass windows, architecture and grounds. Definitely something nice to do in Kilkenny on a clear day. The round-tower is one of only 2 in Ireland that you... 
    Gorgeous old cathedral with stunning stain glass windows, architecture and grounds. Definitely something nice to do in Kilkenny on a clear day. The round-tower is one of only 2 in Ireland that you...  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

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