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

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...

Reopening After Lockdown

Reopening After Lockdown

The long waiting time is over - on Friday June 4th 2021, Rothe House and Gardens is reopening to the public. The team and contractors have been working tirelessly the last few weeks to give Rothe House and Garden a revamp. Here are just some of the changes we're...

Heritage Week 2019

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

Wedding Fair on Sun March 3rd 2019

  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...

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...