What to Expect

Explore the original burgage plot that runs from Parliament St. back to the original city wall. What is visible from the street only hints at the impressiveness within! 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!

Take a self-guided tour to explore at your leisure or join a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable guides to uncover the full story.

We welcome families to share in the fun and offer a scavenger hunt to keep younger visitors entertained.

Admission Prices


  Guided Tour
Self-Guided Tour
Adult €10.00 €8.50


(Seniors & Students O18)

€9.00 €7.50
Child 7-17
€6.00 €4.00
Child U6
Family Ticket (2Ad + 3Ch)

Opening Hours

  • November – March, 6 days a week (closed Mondays), 10.00 – 17.00
  • April and October, 6 days a week (closed Mondays), 10.00 – 18.00
  • May – September, 7 days a week, 10.00 – 18.00

***Last admission is one hour before closing***

We currently offer guided tours at 11.30 and 14:30 which last for about 45 mins. You’re invited to ask questions and to explore the buildings and gardens at your leisure afterwards.

You can take a self-guided tour any time you want during our opening hours.

Members of Kilkenny Archaeological Society can visit the houses and garden for free. Follow this link to join.

For Group Bookings (language schools, primary & secondary schools, tour operators) please contact visitorexperience@rothehouse.com.


16 Parliament Street, Kilkenny. On Ireland’s Medieval Mile between St. Canice’s Cathedral and Kilkenny Castle – just five minutes’ walk from each and right across the street from the Smithwick’s Experience.

We’re located between the City bus stops Parliament Street (KK1, KK2) and Market Yard (KK1, KK2, 838).

The nearest car parking facilities are Market Cross car park and Market Yard car park (see map).

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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.

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.