St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

The Cathedral Church of St Canice,
The Close, Coach Rd,
Kilkenny City, Ireland.

Phone : +353 (0)56 7764971

Fax: +353 (0)56 7723646

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Cathedral and Round Tower Opening Times
for May

Monday to Saturday 10am to 1pm and 2pm - 5pm Sundays 2-5pm
Open for services only on Sunday mornings.
Please note last visits 1/2 hr before lunch & closing time.
Saturday 28th MayThe Round Tower will be open from 10am to 4.30pm. The Cathedral will be closed from 1.30pm to 4pm and re-open from 4 with last admission at 4.30pm Sunday 29th May The Cathedral will be closed this afternoon for service.The Round Tower will be open from 2pm to 4.30pm.
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Church of Ireland /Anglican/
Episcopalian Cathedral Service Times

Sunday Morning:
NOTE Sunday 29th May
No service at 11.30a.m. due to United Service in St Aidan's Kilmanagh at 11.30a.m.
8 am Eucharist.
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Farewell Service

Sunday 29th May
Special United Service in St. Aidan's Kilmanagh at 11.30 to bid farewell to our Vicar Revd Tim Irvine as he moves on to the parish of Mountmellick
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Cathedral Church of St Canice

St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower are an essential part of the structural heritage in the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny. This ecclesiastical site was founded in the 6th century and named after St Canice. Cill Channigh is the Gaelic for the Church of Canice, the church that originally stood on the site in the 6th century.
Combining the early Christian settlement, the Round Tower, the Anglo Norman Cathedral and its rich cultural ecclesiastical heritage makes St Canice’s Cathedral and its environs a must to visit while you are in Kilkenny.

Worship has taken place at this site for over 800 years. The Cathedral has wonderful stained glass that includes two windows from the Harry Clarke Studio, Dublin. Local stone masters The O’Tooneys carved some of the tombstones many of which are unique to the Cathedral and Kilkenny. The See Chair of the Bishop of Ossory dating back to 1120 can be seen inside the Cathedral.

The Round Tower is the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny City. Tourists can enjoy climbing the Round Tower capturing great views of the city (weather permitting). St Canice’s Round Tower is one of only two Round Towers that people can climb in Ireland.

At St Canice’s Cathedral worship takes pre-eminence over all other activities. However, this jewel of Gothic Architecture is also used for national concerts and events – for example the Kilkenny Arts Festival held every August – which are in keeping with the environs of the Cathedral.

As a pilgrim or tourist visiting the Cathedral Close you will witness a spiritual, cultural, architectural and archaeological wonder of Kilkenny.

Kilkenny Tourism

St Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower is a jewel in the City of Kilkenny and a member of Kilkenny tourism

. Ireland’s TourismTown
Winner 2013
· IBAL Cleanest Town Winner 2013
· Friendliest City in Europe 2013
(as voted by Conde Nast Traveller)
· Top Culinary Destination with 2 Michelin Starred Restaurants”


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