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The Southeast Sights

Rothe House

  • Parliament St.
  • Kilkenny City
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Updated 04/28/2014

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There's a feeling of time travel as you step off the busy main street and into one of Ireland's finest examples of a Tudor-era merchant's house. Built by John Rothe between 1594 and 1610, this medieval complex with stone-wall courtyards (one of which houses a medieval well) is owned by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society and houses a collection of Bronze Age artifacts, ogham stones (carved with an early Celtic alphabet), and period costumes. The Burgage Garden recreates,

down to the plant types themselves, a typical 17th-century Irish merchant's garden. There's also a genealogical research facility to help you trace your ancestry.

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Sight Information


Parliament St., Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland



Sight Details:

  • €5, garden only €2
  • Apr.–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 10:30–5, Sun. 3–5; Nov.–Mar., Mon.–Sat. 10:30–4:30

Updated 04/28/2014


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