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. 



Plan ahead

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

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...

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: Anne-Karoline Distel

Anne is from Leipzig, Germany and joined the Rothe House team in 2018. What is your first memory of Rothe House? I was on holidays in Ireland with a friend in 2016 and visited Rothe House during our stay in Kilkenny. I think I was most impressed by the buildings and...

Nearing the end of the Garden Restoration Project

Mid- March, and we're on target and on budget with the Rothe House Garden Restoration Project. The Main Contractors, Tallis & Company, have finished building new walls to plug the gaps between the existing walls.  Mech & Elec service ducts have been laid,...

Update on Rothe House Garden

For those of you who aren't aware, Rothe House is in the process of reconstructing the 17th century garden laid out by John Rothe, builder of the house itself. The garden stretched from the back of the third house all the way to the City Walls, and was in three parts:...