Welcome to Rothe House & Garden

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm

Welcome to Rothe House & Garde

Open Tuesday – Sunday

10.00 – 18.00

Located in the heart of Kilkenny City and situated at the mid point of the Medieval Mile is one of Ireland’s true hidden gems:
Rothe House & Garden.

The property on a burgage plot is the only one of its type open to the public in Ireland. It was once the home of wealthy merchant and politician John Rothe Fitzpiers. He built the three-house complex for his wife Rose Archer and their eleven children between 1594 and 1610.

You are invited to wander and explore at your leisure; view the magnificent architecture, step through cobbled courtyards and take in the relaxed atmosphere of our restored walled garden.

It’s all waiting for you. 



Plan ahead

You can buy your tickets at reception. For group bookings, email visitorexperience@rothehouse.com or call 056-7722893.


Discover your family’s history and research your ancestors with the help of our experienced genealogist.

Latest News

Heritage Week at Rothe House

Heritage Week runs from 13th - 20th August. We invite you to join us at Rothe House & Garden for a free Garden Tour with Head Gardener Mary Pyke. Learn about the painstaking excavation of the former work yard and the treasures that were unearthed during the...

Weaving Workshop with Open Circle

Weaving Workshop with Open Circle

Open Circle Community Arts Collective, which was founded in 2013 and is managed and supported by Kilkenny Arts Office is a community-based, for-impact organisation whose mission is to inspire interest and maximum participation in the arts both locally and nationally...

Wreath Making Workshop

There’s nothing quite like the eye-catching sight of a seasonal wreath or centrepiece, the scent of freshly clipped greens and of course nothing enhances a table quite like a beautiful floral arrangement. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your very own, look no...

Secret Garden Music

Secret Garden Music

The Secret Garden Music during Kilkenny Arts Festival is usually one of the highlights of the festival year for Rothe House, because we can invite music and garden enthusiasts to enjoy some very special moments in our beautifully restored 17th century gardens. This...

Visits from De La Salle Kilkenny

Just before starting off into the adventure of the summer holidays, two groups of boys from the De La Salle schools visited us. Our tour guide Lady Anne greeted them and sent them on a treasure hunt around the courtyards and gardens. They discovered strange window...

Introducing the Team: Mary Pyke

Introducing the Team: Mary Pyke

Mary Pyke is the gardener at Rothe House and is in fact referred to as "Mary Gardener" sometimes, when we need to make the distinction between her and Mary Flood, our genealogist. What is your first memory of Rothe House? Don't ask me the year, but my first contact...