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It’s that time of year once more when Kilkenny celebrates all things medieval and locals and visitors alike are treated to an array of medieval themed events, talks, fun and games for all ages and levels of interest taking place in city and county.

Rothe House & Garden with its rich history dating back to the late medieval
period and earlier will be hosting a number of events for the celebrations kicking off on Saturday the 17th April with a Medieval Games day in the garden!  For more information on events see the listings below:


Date/Time: Saturday 18th April – 11am to 4pm  

Event: The Medieval Games at Rothe House & Garden

Join us for a day of medieval fun and games at Rothe House & Garden.  Experience the majesty of European and Japanese archery or why not challenge the chess masters at their own game! Try on some medieval armour, learn how to play medieval games such as pitch & toss, queek, hopscotch and much more.  

Admission: Entry to the house and garden is free for the day although donations are requested for individual events.

Date/Time: 17th-26th – 3pm

Event: Guided tour of Rothe House

Visitors can avail of an indepth guided tour of Rothe House & Garden at no additional cost.  The tour lasting 45mins – 1 hour will flesh out the nuances and stories of the fabric of Rothe House & Garden.

Admission: €5.50 (concession rate of €4.50) Group of 10 or more €3.50pp and
must be booked in advance.

Date/Time: Saturday 18th April – 10.30am to 12.30pm
Event: Children’s Craft Workshop

A medieval themed children’s workshop for kids aged between 5 and 11.  The activity filled two hours allows the children to be creative and have fun with creating medieval themed works of art which can be brought home after.

Admission: €8 per child – pre booking essential.

Date/Time:  Friday 24th – 7p.m.
Event:  Survival in a Medieval Crisis – The Bruce Invasion and Black Death inmedieval Kilkenny; a talk by Finn Dwyer.

Based on research for his upcoming book on the Black Death, historian Fin Dwyer will recall a Kilkenny where life was a constant struggle for survival. This was a world where violence was endemic and starvation all too common. Witchcraft trails, violent feuds and social upheaval left the city and surrounding areas increasingly divided. Focusing on daily life in the period, this talk will look people how people reacted to these extraordinary events and how they changed Irish history.

Admission: €7 (€5 for members of Kilkenny Archaeological Society)

Date/Time: Friday 24th April – 5pm to 9pm
Event: The Rothe’s at Sunset

Take the opportunity to visit Rothe House & Garden through to sunset.  For one night only we will be open to visitors until 9pm; allowing you to experience our amazing townhouse, cobbled courtyards and garden as never before

Admission: Adults €5.50pp – Concession €4.50pp – Family €15