Visiting Us

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!

What to Expect

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.


Opening Hours

November – March
6 days a week (closed Mondays),
10.00 – 18.00
Last admission at 16.00


April and October
6 days a week (closed Mondays)
10.00 – 18.00
Last admission at 17.00


May – September
7 days a week
10.00 – 18.00
Last admission at 17.00


Admission Prices

Adult  €10 €8.50
(Seniors & Students over 18)
€9.00 €7.50
Child 7-17  €6.00  €4.00
Child Under 6  Free  Free
Family Ticket (2 adults & 3 Children)  €30.00  €24.00

Guided Tours


We offer daily guided tours in the morning and afternoon. From September to June, tours are at 11.30am and 2.30pm, while in July and August tours are at 11.00am, 2.30pm and 4.00pm. 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


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).


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.