Heritage Week 2019

Preparations are on their way for a packed program for Heritage Week this year (2019).

17th – 25th August 2019

We will have guided tours of houses and gardens daily at 2:30pm. They will be €5.50 per person, children under 12 go free. No booking required.

For people with a keen interest in gardening, our head gardener Mary Pyke will give tours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12pm to 12:45pm. These tours are €3 per person, children under 12 go free.


If you’re interested in your family history, our genealogist Mary Flood might be able to help you on Tuesday, 20th August from 2pm on. For her to prepare your case, these consultations are by appointment only via kilkennyfamilyhistory@rothehouse.com. The fees for each consultation are €25.


Since the theme of Heritage Week this year is Pastimes, we offer some workshops to learn historical pastimes:

First of, our staff member Anne-Karoline Distel will offer a juggling workshop for children and children at heart on the 21st of August from 2pm – 3pm. Booking is required, please contact reception@rothehouse.com. The fee for this workshop is €6 for children, adults go free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Juggling equipment will be provided, but you can bring your own as well. (We recommend the Arts&Hobby shop in the Market Cross Shopping Center or firetoys.ie.)

Anne will also offer a trad music workshop for fiddlers and other trad musicians. She’ll be teaching a tune she wrote inspired by Rothe House garden from her recent publication Drawn to Tunes. The workshop takes place on Friday, 23rd August 3pm – 4pm. Again, children need to be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential for €5 per person, regardless of age. Please bring your own instrument.

Thursday and Friday 12pm – 1pm, children are invited to Come out and Play in the garden. They will (re)discover nursery rhymes and oldtime outdoor games. This event is free, but booking is required via reception@rothehouse.com.

Kilkenny Archaeological Society are offering an Introduction to RePhotography on Thursday, 22nd August from 1pm to 2:30pm. This is a free workshop, yet booking is required, since there is a limited amount of places.

Book Reading

Rothe House is happy to host a book reading by local artist and author Judy Rhatigan. Judy will be reading from her recent publication Beyond the Briary Wood: A Life Journey. The reading will take place on August 23rd from 4 to 5 pm in Rothe House. In this publication, she remembers her life growing up in a Gate Lodge in Co. Kilkenny in the 1940s and 50s. It is a very interesting insight into the social history of Kilkenny. This is a free event.


Wedding Fair on Sun March 3rd 2019


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Tudor kitchen set up for a wedding

Rothe House Museum & Gardens is hosting a wedding fair on Sunday, March 3rd from 12:30 to 4:30pm.

Local musicians, florists, artists, caterers and others are showing their skills and services for future wedding couples.

Come and have a look to see how your special day can gain historical significance. 😉

Opening Hours for Christmas and New Year 2018/19

Rothe House will be closed Dec 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st and January 1st.

The museum is open Dec 22nd, 27th, 28th, 29th and reopens as normal on January 2nd.

We wish everyone happy holidays and a very good New Year!

Family History Course 2017

This nine week course on family history, directed by Mr Pat Nolan director of “Researching your own family’s history – a nine-week introductory course to methods and sources” has been running for more than twenty-five years. It is especially suitable for those who have often felt they would like to undertake their own family history but are not too sure where to start or how best to go about it. It will also be of great value to those who have ‘been at it for years’ but would welcome some guidance about sources and where they are to be found.

During the weeks of the course in the Kilkenny Archaeological Society’s headquarters, Rothe House, you become familiar with and comfortable in venues which some of our members can find intimidating. Each location tend to have their individual requirements and ‘rules of engagement. Once you have had an opportunity to become familiar with their methods of operation any such reluctance to visit them is soon dissipated – one of the many advantages offered by this long established programme.

This year’s course begins on Tuesday evening, October 3rd in Rothe House at 7.15 and continues until 9.30 – with a welcome break for tea/coffee and an informal, social chat at mid -point. Comprehensive notes and necessary materials are provided each evening. Details of the course are available in a brochure available to personal callers to Rothe House. It sets out the topics covered during each of the weekly sessions and also provides information on the optional all-day, fully conducted, field trip to Dublin at the conclusion of the programme.

Course fees are €125 and early booking is advised with enrolement to Rothe House on or before 2nd October 5.30pm. Spaces are of necessity limited and are provided on a first come first served basis. For booking and additional information please drop into Rothe House (phone 056 77 22 893) or contact Pat Nolan on 087 24 11 9 55.

Local History Group Meeting in Rothe House


The local history group meet once a month, usually the second Tuesday of the month in Rothe House. The main aim and reason for the group is to research and present items of local history.

After a member has researched an item, he/she will read their piece to the meeting. If the group is happy with the piece, it is then approved for recording and broadcasting in time by the City Radio Station.

The pieces are usually of four minutes duration, but we have had longer pieces and broadcast them over two slots.

Members of the local history group make good use of the Rothe House Library which contains a vast amount of books and local papers, a tremendous source of local history.

Any member of the Society is welcome to join the local history group on the second Tuesday and perhaps will create an interest in you to produce a story of local interest.

For more information contact Patrick Neary on 0567761436 or 0857295967.

New Kilkenny Tourism Visitor Guide

Looking for a handy guide of things to see, do and experience in Kilkenny?  Whether you’re a native or just visiting this fantastic county, you’ll need to pick up the latest version of the Kilkenny Tourism Visitor Guide.  A printed version is available from County Hall on John Street, or. Or why not download a PDF version at the link below?

Get out and enjoy all Kilkenny has to offer.

Kilkenny Tourism Brochure July 2017

Rothe House & Garden Annual Plant Sale – 2017


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Rothe House & Garden would once again like to invite you to our hugely popular annual plant sale which takes place on Saturday May 27th from 10.30am to 5pm.

Be our guest on the day and avail of free admission to the garden for a wander through our beautifully reconstructed late Tudor period garden and choose from a wide selection of plants, herbs and more all lovingly grown and tended to over the past number of weeks by our dedicated gardeners.

There are sure to be great offers and as per usual its best to come early as with past years the plant sale has proved to be extremely popular. All proceeds from the sale will go toward the upkeep and maintenance of the garden.

Rothe House and Garden closed on Wednesday March 29th

In order to facilitate a private event, we will be closed to the public on Wednesday March 29th. Not to worry, however, as we will reopen as per normal on Thursday March 30th at 10.30am.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

We’re Hiring!

LTI Project Coordinator – contract to May 2017

Coordinator in the Level 4 Tourism & Visitor Care programme administered by Rothe House Trust Ltd, Parliament St., Kilkenny and funded by Carlow Kilkenny ETB

Job Title: LTI Project Coordinator, Full time

Reporting Relationship: Reporting to the Executive Manager of Rothe House Trust and the ETB.

Overall Purpose of the Position

The LTI Project Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination of the Level 4 programme including delivery and evaluation of the current programme. She/He will also be responsible for the financial management/monitoring of the programme budget and ensuring adherence to SOLAS and ETB reporting requirements. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in Teaching, Project Management/Administration, excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as strong IT skills.

The ideal candidate should have

• A relevant 3rd level degree

• Tutoring experience

• Minimum of three years’ experience working with unemployed people

• Office management and organisational skills, an ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team

• Experience and ability to deal with the public

• Experience and knowledge in computer programmes and applications Salary will be in accordance with current ETB coordinators’ rates.

Applications via a covering letter and accompanying CV to be sent to Patricia Duffe, Executive Manager by email to: manager@rothehouse.com

By Post to: Executive Manager, Rothe House Trust Ltd., Parliament St., Kilkenny. Please mark your envelope “Confidential”.

The closing date for applications is 2pm, Monday 23rd January 2017.

Shortlisting of applicants will apply. Rothe House Trust Ltd, is an equal opportunities employer.



Rothe House & Garden to appear on RTE’s ‘Magical Sites’


A second series of ‘Magical Sites’ about Irish archaeology for children begins on RTÉjr on October 30th 2016. This RTÉ-produced series will introduce Ireland’s National Monuments to the youngest viewers, those aged under 7, and their co-viewers.


The ist the third programme in the new series of Magical Sites. RTE filmed the episode in the beautiful setting of Rothe House, Kilkenny in May of this year. This episode will air Wednesday 2nd November on RTÉ2 at 11.30 and RTÉJr at 14.45 & 1630. It will also be on the RTE Player afterwards.