St Canice’s Cathedral

Address: The Close, Coach Road, Kilkenny City

The 13th century cathedral of St Canice is the second longest cathedral in Ireland. The site on which the cathedral stands has been a site of Christian worship since the 6th century.

The architectural style of the cathedral is Early Gothic and it is built of limestone. The cathedral has been carefully preserved in its original style and form. It is richly endowed with many stained glass windows including the east window which is a replica of the original 13th century window.

The cathedral contains some of the finest 16th century monuments in Ireland. The memorials stretch right across the social spectrum from the great figures of the house of Ormonde to the humble shoemaker and carpenter.

Opening Times

April, May & September
Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 13.00, 14.00 – 17.00
Sunday 14.00 – 17.00

June to August
Monday – Saturday 09.00 – 18.00
Sunday 13.00 – 18.00

October to March
Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 13.00, 14.00 – 16.00
Sunday 14.00 – 16.00

Please note the cathedral is closed between 13.00-14.00 Monday – Saturday

Duration of visit

60 – 90 minutes approximately.

Round Tower

No under 12′s are permitted to climb the round tower. The tower will be open depending on weather conditions and staffing. The tower is open at 12.00 and 15.00 Monday to Saturday and 15.00 Sunday between October and March. May to September the opening times are in conjunction with the Cathedral opening times. Last climb 30 minutes before Cathedral closes.

Getting here

Your group can book a coach for private use for visiting St Canice’s Cathedral but we highly recommend booking a local guide as well. A local English speaking guide will tell the group all about the area and history which will make their experience more memorable, a guide also knows the route to take and will liaise with the group leader and the driver to make the utmost of the day trip. Our English speaking guides and coach drivers are very experienced and will ensure that your group has a fabulous day trip!