Rothe House & Garden, a historic house in Kilkenny in the South East of Ireland, is the only example of an early 17th century merchant’s townhouse in Ireland.
It is an important element of Kilkenny’s heritage.
By clicking on the links you will find out more about the history of Rothe House and Kilkenny. You will also discover our historic garden and our museum, which is one of the few private museums in Ireland.
Rothe House is the centre for Irish genealogy in Kilkenny city and county, and you can research your Kilkenny family history with us.
Built between 1594 and 1610, Rothe House is steeped in rich local and national history and a visit is high on the list of things to do in Kilkenny.
The House and Garden are owned by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, and managed by Rothe House Trust. The House is open to the public as a Museum, displaying some of the 2,500 historic artefacts collected by the Society since its founding in 1947. These artefacts all relate to Kilkenny heritage throughout the ages and some date from pre-historic times. The Garden, open since 2008, is a reconstruction of an early 17th century urban garden, and has become a very popular garden to visit in Ireland.