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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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Rothe House and Garden reviews
Our tour bus took us to Kilkenny for a couple of hours. Our guide Elizabeth suggested we visit this house and garden and we're so glad she did. The house is an incredible museum showing what life...
Our tour bus took us to Kilkenny for a couple of hours. Our guide Elizabeth suggested we visit this house and garden and we're so glad she did. The house is an incredible museum showing what life... more »
The garden is the star of this little piece of history in Kilkenny. It is fun to see how someone more ordinary lived in the past, rather than just the local lord. I hope they are able to continue...
The garden is the star of this little piece of history in Kilkenny. It is fun to see how someone more ordinary lived in the past, rather than just the local lord. I hope they are able to continue... more »
Beautiful place to visit while in the Medieval City of Kilkenny. A historic monument with great gardens. "Rothe House is a unique Tudor merchant’s townhouse, built between 1594 and 1610. The property comprises three houses, three enclosed courtyards and a large garden to the rear." "It is the only remaining example of a complete burgage plot in Ireland, and considered to be nationally significant because of the range of original post-medieval features that survive."
The house was interesting for a quick walk through. For me the real shining star was the gardens. I'm amazed at how they've analyzed soil to determine plants that were there, used art and records from when Rothe lost the property to convert a trashy cement parking lot back into a beautiful garden reflecting what it once was. There were also snowdrops and crocus blooming!
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