St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny

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    ST. CANICE'S CATHEDRAL

    by balhannah Updated Mar 24, 2016

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    St Canice’s Cathedral is a Gothic Cathedral believed to have been constructed between 1250 and 1285, how-ever this religious site was founded in the 6th century and named after St Canice or Cill Channigh, Gaelic for the Church of Canice

    The Anglo Norman Cathedral has maintained many of its 13th Century features despite the collapse of the central tower in 1332. People have worshipped here for over 800 years.

    The interior of the Cathedral has stained glass windows, unique marble floors in the sanctuary and parish chapel, the original font as well as St Kieran’s Chair, an ancient stone seat thought to contain part of the 5th Century bishop’s throne. The cathedral also houses the Great War Memorial List, a record of the names of Irishmen who lost their lives in the WW I.
    Local stone masters carved a number of fascinating tombstones from the 17th Century, these can be seen in the Church yard.

    Address: The Close, Coach road, Kilkenny

    Website: http://www.visitkilkenny.ie/canices_cathederal

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    THE ROUND TOWER

    by balhannah Written Mar 24, 2016

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    Situated beside St. Canice’s Cathedral is the 30 metre high Round Tower, one of a few I had seen in my short time in Ireland. This one is thought to have been built in the 9th century, making it the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny City.

    Its location is significant as towers like these were constructed to protect people and treasures at most major religious sites.

    Your allowed to climb this Round Tower, one of only two round towers in all of Ireland that visitors are allowed to climb, weather permitting. Views from the top are over Kilkenny city and the surrounding countryside.

    OPENING TIMES
    April, May & September, Monday – Saturday: 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm | Sunday: 2pm – 5pm. |June, July & August: Monday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm. Sunday: 1pm – 6pm |
    October – March: Monday – Saturday: 10am -1pm & 2pm -4pm | Sunday: 2pm – 4pm.

    YOU MUST BE OVER 12YEARS TO CLIMB THE TOWER
    The Tower will be open depending on weather conditions, and staffing.
    Tickets including entry to Cathedral & Round Tower are available.

    ADMISSION PRICES IN 2016

    Adult: €4.00
    Sen/Group & Child/Student €3.00
    Family: €12.00
    Discounts available for combination tickets for the Cathedral and the Tower.

    No parking available at the Cathedral so park on Dean Street or in city centre car parks.

    Address: The Close, Coach Road, Kilkenny

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    St. Canice

    by Dabs Updated Aug 30, 2009

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    Built in the 13th century, St. Canice's is Ireland's 2nd largest church behind St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. Part of the Church of Ireland, there is an admission fee to enter this cathedral, unlike the Black Abbey, and we weren't really that interested that we wanted to pay to go inside.

    You can also climb the 102 foot high round tower if you are willing to climb 167 stairs, I might have done that had the weather been a little nicer but as it was grey and cloudy, I passed on that as well. It's architecturally not very appealing, it looks an awful lot like a smoke stack if you ask me.

    Directions: Watergate

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    St Canice's Cathedral - Over 800 Years Old

    by Mikebb Updated May 5, 2009

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    This very old cathedral was built between the years 1202 and 1285 and today is an active church with regular services throughout the week.

    Next to the church is a 9th century round tower which is open to the public (entry fee). Be warned that it is a difficult climb to the top. The entrance door is situated 20 feet above the ground, the purpose being for the monks to retreat to the tower when trouble loomed and withdraw the entry ladder.

    We visited the Cathedral twice during our stay as we walked past it on our way to and from the town centre.

    Cathedral Entrance Fees: Adults 4 Euros, Students/Seniors 3 Euros.

    Round Tower Entrance Fees: Adults 3 Euros, Students/Senior 2.5 Euros.

    Address: The Close, Kilkenny

    Directions: Near Watergate Theatre.

    Phone: +353 (0) 56 776 4971

    Website: http://www.stcanicescathedral.ie

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    The Cathedral

    by ErinInMD Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    St. Canice's Cathedral - the second longest in Ireland - was erected in the 13th century. The cathedral features an amazing tower that offers impressive views of the city (see my separate tip of the Tower). The cathedral evolved over the centuries and was unfortunately damaged by Oliver Cromwell's troops in the seventeenth century, but was restored in the 18th century.

    Unfortunately, when I was there the cathedral had just closed. It was still nice to walk around the outside and I used the time to tour the tower.

    Directions: Directions: From Iristown, you'll see the St. Canice's Steps. There are maps all over Kilkenny, so have no fear.

    Phone: 056 7764971

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    The Tower

    by ErinInMD Written Jun 19, 2005

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    Right next to the cathedral is the 9th century round tower. For € 2, you too can climb up to get an amazing view of the city of Kilkenny and it's surrounding countryside. If I recall correctly, there are 110 steps. No, I didn't count them, I asked the incredibly friendly Irish gentleman taking my two Euros. We chatted a bit before I made my way up the ladders.

    You climb up a ladder and then there's a tiny platform to make your way onto the next ladder. Once you get up the last ladder, you have to climb some stone steps. You'll probably be using the railing at the top of the tower to help pull yourself up.

    If you can brave the climb up and down the ladders (please wear sensible shoes) - the views are amazing (see my Kilkenny Travelogue for more pictures from the tower).

    Directions: Watergate

    You want me to climb down these?!?
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    st. canice's cathedral

    by doug48 Written Jul 4, 2007

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    pictured is the round tower of st. canice's cathedral. this tower dates back to 800AD. this tower collapsed during the trial of dame alice kytelerin 1332. the tower fell and demolished the choir and side chapels. it was rebult later in the 14th century. st. canice's cathedral is a very interesting place to visit when in kilkenny.

    Address: dean street

    Directions: Watergate, central kilkeny

    Phone: 056 776 4971

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    tomb of james the lame

    by doug48 Written Jul 4, 2007

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    pictured is the tomb of the butler earl james, aka james the lame. in the 16th century james traveled to london where he and 35 of his servants were poisoned. his body was buried in england but his heart was returned to ireland and lies under this effigy.

    Address: dean street

    Directions: Watergate, central kilkenny.

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    Climb the Towerc

    by sirenna Updated May 25, 2006

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    St Canices Cathedral dates back to the 13th century, and is a prominant landmark due to the tall tower which stands next to it. It is supposed that this tower was once a watchtower or refuge. It's well worth the exhausting climb to the top to see some of the best views of the city. Unfortunately I didn't have the chance to explore inside the cathedral itself as it was closed.

    Directions: Watergate

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    St. Canice cathedral, Kilkenny.

    by pfsmalo Written Jan 5, 2013

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    St Canice's cathedral and round tower are part of the most ancient heritage of Kilkenny. Kilkenny come from the Gaelic, Channigh - Cainneach - Canice - Kilkenny. The cathedral stands on a site that has its roots in religion as far back as the 6th c but wasn't completed until 1285. The round tower at 30 metres is the oldest building in Kilkenny and is thought to date from the 9th c. It is also only one of two towers that visitors are allowed to climb, depending on weather, cost 3€ per adult with concessions at 2€50. No children under 12 are allowed in the tower.

    Address: The Close, Coach road, Kilkenny.

    Directions: As you are walking north on the High street, the cathedral rises up at the end of the street. Follow across the road up a staircase called St. Canice's steps and you're there.

    Phone: +353 56 7764971

    Website: http://www.stcanicescathedral.com/

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    St Canice’s Cathedral

    by himalia11 Written Oct 3, 2004

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    The St Canice’s Cathedral was built in the 13the century in an early English Gothic style. Beside the cathedral, there’s an much older Round Tower, dating from some time between 8th and 10th century. For me, the church and the Round Tower together is a strange view, looks interesting!

    Unfortunately the church already was closed at 6 pm, so I haven’t been inside it, but at least we could walk around it.
    It’s possible to climb the Round Tower, admission is 2 Euro, I think.

    Directions: Watergate

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    St. Canice's Cathedral & the Round Tower

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 16, 2006

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    Canice's Cathedral is considered one of the top churches in Ireland. The current structure, built from 1251 to 1280, stands on the site of earlier churches. The cathedral houses numerous tombs dating back to the late 1200s. Outside the cathedral stands the Round Tower, a 100-foot tall tower with steep stairs. During my visit, a young college girl was study at the doorway and accepting money from tourists to enter the tower.

    Near the Cathedral stands St. Francis Friary, now part of the Smithwicks brewery and owned by Guinness.

    Address: Vicar St.

    Directions: Watergate

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    St. Canice's Cathedral

    by barryg23 Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    Visit this 13th Century Romanesque Cathedral. I sang here once during my choir days. Unlikely as it sounds, people actually came here to hear us sing. I was 10 years old at the time, memebership of the choir was compulsary, and we practiced all year for the big night in the cathdral. It could have been the beginning of somethig big, it should have made me a star; unfortuantely there was one thing holding me back: I had a crap voice.

    Directions: Irishtown

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    The Tower

    by barryg23 Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    The views from the summit of the tower in St. Canice's Cathedral are excellent. I thin you have to ask the guy in the cathedral (priest or reverand...) for the keys - it's been many years since I climbed it on a school excursion into town.

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    St. Canice Cathedral - medieval monument

    by yooperprof Updated Aug 6, 2013

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    St. Canice Cathedral was built in the "Early English" architectural style (which was actually brought over here by the Normans.) It was "restored" in the 19th century, but I am glad that the renovators preserved the "solidity" and heritage of the stone. It feels like a very old place.

    The Kilkenny Round Tower is said to date from the late 9th century, thus being considerably older the 12th century Cathedral next to it. Residents of the town and monks from the Cathedral took refuge in the tower during Viking raids. The Round Tower here is said to be one of one two such towers in Ireland which allow visitors to climb to the top. It's very typical of these structures that the entrance door is at some elevation above the ground.

    This is the second "longest" Cathedral in Ireland. High windows allow in ample light. It's all very beautiful. It is part of the Church of Ireland communion.

    Directions: Watergate

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