Ireland's Medieval Mile

One of the best and unique features of Kilkenny is its compactness, allowing you to explore everything it has to offer on foot! The Medieval Mile starts at Kilkenny Castle, taking you through our narrow streetscapes, stopping off at the key historical buildings and landmarks on your way. You will first come to the Medieval Mile Museum, followed by a walk down the high street towards Rothe House, followed by a visit to St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower. Each unique and full of rich history - a must visit during your stay in Kilkenny!

Attractions on the Medieval Mile

Medieval Mile Museum

St.Mary's Lane, High Street


+353 56 781 7022

The Medieval Mile Museum is Kilkenny's newest visitor attraction, located in the heart of Kilkenny city! Set in 13th Century St.Mary's Church and Graveyard, you can unearth 800 years of our history under one roof! The Museum offers guided and self-guided tours and they have audio guides available in five different languages!     

Kilkenny Castle

The Parade, Kilkenny City

+353 56 770 4100 

With eight centuries of history whispering from its walls, Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland's most iconic and historic sites.

Rothe House & Garden

Rothe House and Garden, Parliament Street, Kilkenny

+353 56 7722893

Nestled in the centre of Ireland’s Medieval Mile, Rothe House and Garden is the only example of an early 17th-century merchant's townhouse in Ireland, and is one of Kilkenny's hidden gems.

St. Canices Cathedral & Round Tower

The Close, Coach Rd, Kilkenny

+353 56 64971 

Built between 1202 and 1285, St Canice's has been preserved in its original style and form. Worship has taken place here for over 800 years. See the wonderful stained glass and the largest collection of ancient monuments. View Kilkenny and the surrounding area from the 9th century round tower (weather permitting) and see the seat of the bishop of Ossory dating back to 1120AD.

Butler Gallery 

Evans Home, Johns Quay, Kilkenny

+353 56 7761106 

Located on the historic site of Evans' Home, Butler Gallery is the South East of Ireland's leading Contemporary Art Gallery.