Rothe House and Garden, Kilkenny

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Garden · Hidden Gem · History Museum
Visit an important symbol of Killkenny's heritage at Rothe House and Garden, the only 17th-century merchant's house still standing in Ireland. Built between 1594 and 1610, the residence will give you a sense of Renaissance times as you wander through its three houses. The museum within hosts 2,500 original artifacts all related to Killkenny's history. Many of these are over 400 years old, and some date back to prehistoric times. Tours are self-guided, so take as much time to view the relics as you like. Afterward, stroll through the garden out back, which was recently constructed and emulates a typical 17th-century garden. If you have Killkenny roots, the Rothe House can help you trace your Irish genealogy. Put Rothe House and Garden on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kilkenny attractions planning website.
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  • A very unpleasant experience. I received a skeletal amount of genealogical information after paying the maximum price. I was initially informed that lots of research had taken place & information...  more »
  • Carefully restored by local people - there's still work to be done - the three 15th Century houses are unique in Ireland as an example of the lifestyle of wealthy business men of the era. Many fine...  more »
  • This is truly unique. Amazing Tudor house restored. All the charm and character retained. Interior is so quaint and the gardens full of ideas.
  • We went early on a Sunday and had a great experience. Might not be as nice with a larger crowd but it was a good glimpse of history. The garden was really nice.

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