Medieval Mile Museum, formerly St Marys Church | Kilkenny Tourism

Medieval Mile Museum, formerly St Marys Church


Mary's Lane,
(Off High St.)

Medieval Mile Museum, formerly St Marys Church

St Mary’s Church and Graveyard is one of the earliest Ecclesiastical buildings in Kilkenny. Part of Kilkenny's Medieval Mile, the original church on the site was built in circa 1205 by The Bishop of Ossary (1202- 1218) and was used for convening the Ecclesiastical Court. The graveyard possesses a rare and significant collection of tombs.

St Marys Graveyard

The final service took place on the site in 1951 before the church was deconsecrated and closed in 1957.



Medieval Mile Museum Kilkenny Ireland

Medieval Mile Museum

The former St Mary’s Church has been converted into a modern museum and will also be a venue for select events and exhibitions. Designed to enrich the cultural life of the city and provide a new international standard attraction for visitors the museum has several functions: as the starting point for understanding Kilkenny’s medieval history, to display Kilkenny’s Civic Treasures and replicas of some of Ossory High Crosses and to provide a space for temporary exhibitions and cultural events.

The 13th century St Mary’s church and graveyard is the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland. As the starting point of the ‘Medieval Mile’ trail, it brings to life Kilkenny’s history as Ireland’s premier medieval city. Displays of Kilkenny’s civic treasures and replicas of some of the High Crosses of Ossory illustrate the local Gaelic monastic heritage and the ancient city’s historic role in Ireland.

Kilkenny’s 800-year story is told with a contemporary twist within the new museum. The customer experience contains a long colourful interactive table similar to a giant iPad, an elongated plasma TV screen and projected imagery onto a giant wall allowing visitors to get immersed in the rich history with the aid of modern technology.

St Mary's Museum Opening Times and Admission 2018

  • April – October: 7 days per week 10am – 6pm. Guided Tours at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm
  • November – March: 6 days per week (closed Mondays) 11am – 4.30pm. Guided tours at 11.30am 1.30pm and 3.30pm.


  • Guided Tours: €12 adult, €10 senior/student, €5 child, €25 family
  • Self-guided Tours: €7 adult, €6 senior/student, €3 child, €15 family
  • Audio Guides Tour: Additional €1.50 per guide. Audio Guides available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish (adult and child-friendly audio guides available in each language).

Group rates available on request.