Welcome to
Rothe House & Garden

Open Tue to Sun 11am to 5:30pm

Welcome to
Rothe House & Garden

Open Tue to Sun 11am to 5:30pm
(last admission to museum at 5pm)

Located in the heart of Kilkenny City and situated at the mid point of the Medieval Mile is one of Irelands 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 extensive garden. It’s all waiting for you. 

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You can now book your tickets online, walk into the reception to buy your ticket(s) or call 056-7722893.

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Latest News

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...

Lavery Paintings

Lavery Paintings

This text was researched by Emma Holohan and is read by Maggie Welland. The self-portrait of John Lavery in Rothe House was painted in 1909. In 1908 John had been invited by the Uffizzi Gallery in Florence to...

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...

Introducing The Team – Désirée Carey

Introducing The Team – Désirée Carey

Désirée joined the team during the summer of 2020 and has returned to new responsibilities. You will find her in the Merchant's Shop. What is your first memory of Rothe House? That would be the opening day in 1966. My family lived down the road, and my mother, father...

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...

Introducing The Team: Sinead Gibbons

Introducing The Team: Sinead Gibbons

Although being the youngest member amongst the permanent team, Sinead is our longest running receptionist and tour guide. What is your first memory of Rothe House? "My first memory of Rothe House was of the late Win Long, my former work colleague and much loved friend...