Visiting Rothe HOuse & GArden

Historic house with museum
and gardens, guided tours,
artefacts, medieval architecture,
heritage in Kilkenny.

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Rothe House & garden

Comprising of three houses with connecting courtyards before finally rising to a magnificent restored half-acre garden, Rothe House & Garden truly is a hidden gem!


Getting Here

Rothe House, a historic treasure in the heart of Kilkenny, is easily accessible by various means.

Situated on Parliament Street, it is just a short walk from Kilkenny Castle (10 mins) or St. Canice’s Cathedral (5 mins). Car parking is available nearby at the Market Yard or Market Cross. McDonagh Station is the main train/bus station and is an easy walk or short taxi ride away. This beautifully preserved merchant townhouse makes it an essential stop on any Kilkenny itinerary.

Opening Hours:

May – September

Monday – Sunday

10.00 – 18.00

Last Admission


April and October

Tuesday – Sunday

(Closed Mondays)

10.00 – 18.00

Last Admission


November – March

Tuesday – Sunday

(Closed Mondays)

10.00 – 18.00

Last Admission


Admission Prices

Guided Tour Ticket Prices

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Self-Guided Tour Ticket Prices

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Tips for visit

Get the most out of your
visit to Rothe House with
these top tips:

Book your ticket in advance

We are happy to accept walk-in bookings but to secure your spot on one of our highly recommended guided tours, we advise booking in advance. 

Pre-book your Garden Tour experience

Garden tours are available by pre-booking only and based on minimum numbers. 

No time limit on visits to Rothe House & Garden

Once you have purchased your entry ticket there is no time limit on your visit. If you avail of the guided tour, you are welcome to retrace your steps if you wish to spend more time in the house. 

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The Merchant Shop is accessible from Parliament St. and does not require a ticket to enter 


Kilkenny is a very walkable city. From Kilkenny Castle we are a 10 minute walk straight down High St, onto Parliament St and directly opposite the Smithwick’s Experience. St Canice’s Cathedral is a further 5 minute walk. 


The closest car parks are at the nearby Market Yard or Market Cross. Parking is charged hourly at departure so no need to worry about running out of time! 


Free and secure coach parking is available at St. Canice’s Place, entrance is just off St Francis Abbey Bridge. MP4V+GX Kilkenny. An easy 5 minute walk will bring you to Rothe House. 


Kilkenny is serviced by two bus routes, both of which stop on Parliament St, almost outside our door. We’re located between the City bus stops Parliament Street (KK1, KK2) and Market Yard (KK1, KK2, 838).

Visitor Access

Accessibility Information
for our Visitors

Our courtyards and gardens are wheelchair accessible. The historic cobblestones in the courtyards and many staircases within the houses could be challenging for those with mobility issues. There are braille panels on the garden walls. We allow guide and therapy dogs to the premises. Due to the delicate nature of the site and especially the restored garden, we cannot allow other dogs. Please call us in advance on 056-7722893 to make arrangements.

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Nearby Dining

Places to eat nearby in Kilkenny

On Parliament Street, we are fortunate to be surrounded by a wide array of fantastic cafes, restaurants, and pubs, all just a few minutes walk away. Whether you’re in the mood for a coffee and pastry, a delicious lunch, or afternoon tea with delightful treats, you’ll find plenty of options nearby. The vibrant food scene offers something for every taste and occasion, ensuring that visitors can enjoy a memorable culinary experience in the heart of Kilkenny.

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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is Rothe House wheelchair accessible?

    Our courtyards and gardens are wheelchair accessible.

    The historic cobblestones in the courtyards and many staircases within the houses could be challenging. Please call us in advance on 056-7722893 to make arrangements.

  • Can I purchase tickets online?

    Yes, tickets can be purchased online through the official Rothe House website.

  • Are there any discounts available?

    Discounts are available for children, students, seniors, and group bookings.

  • What are the nearby parking options?

    Several parking options are available nearby, including public car parks within walking distance.

  • Can I take photographs inside?

    Photography is allowed in certain areas, but flash photography and tripods are generally prohibited.

  • Is there a gift shop on site?

    Yes, there is a gift shop offering a range of souvenirs, books, and local crafts.

  • Are pets allowed inside?

    Pets are not allowed inside Rothe House, with the exception of service animals.

  • What special events are held throughout the year?

    Rothe House hosts various events throughout the year, including historical reenactments, workshops, and seasonal celebrations. Check the website for upcoming events.

  • Are there any dining options at Rothe House?

    While there are no dining options on site, numerous cafes and restaurants are located nearby on Parliament Street.

  • What are the opening hours?

    Rothe House is open Monday to Sunday, from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

  • How much is admission?

    Admission prices vary, with discounts for children, students, and seniors. Check the website for current rates.

  • Are there guided tours available?

    Yes, guided tours are available and provide in-depth information about the history and significance of Rothe House.

Rothe House & Garden 

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