St. Canice's Cathedral | Kilkenny Tourism

St. Canice's Cathedral


St. Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower
Coach Road

Tel: 056 7764971
Fax: 056 7723646

GPS:  N 52° 39.376 W 007° 15.448

St. Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower



Built between 1202 and 1285, St Canice's has been preserved in its original style and form. Worship has taken place here for over 800 years. See the wonderful stained glass and the largest collection of ancient monuments. View Kilkenny and the surrounding area from the 9th century round tower (weather permitting) and see the seat of the bishop of Ossory dating back to 1120AD.

Facilities include:
Gift shop, toilets, wheelchair access. Information leaflets are available in 15 languages. Group and guided tours available by booking in advance.


October - March:
Mon - Sat: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm, Sun: 2pm - 4pm
(Please note the round tower opens Mon - Sat  12noon - 3pm between October and March)

April, May & September:
Mon - Sat: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm, Sun: 2pm - 5pm

June, July & August:
Mon - Sat: 9am - 6pm, Sun: 2pm - 6pm

St Canices Cathedral Kilkenny


Entrance Fees: Cathedral
Adults - €4.00 
Concession - €3.00 
Groups: (10+ pax) - €3.00pp 
Groups (10+ pax) with a cathedral guide - €3.50pp
Family Ticket - €12

Round Tower*
Adults - €3.00
Concession - €2.50
Groups (10+pax) - €2.50
Groups (10+ pax) with a cathedral guide - €3.50pp
Family Ticket - €12
NOTE: No under 12's are permitted to climb the round tower. The tower will be open depending on weather conditions and staffing. The tower is open at 12noon and 3pm Monday to Saturday and 3pm Sunday between October and March. Please ring ahead to confirm.

Combination (Cathedral & round tower)
Adults - €6.00
Concession - €5.50
Groups (10+pax) - €5.50pp
Groups (10+ pax) with a cathedral guide - €6.00pp 
Family Ticket - €15.00

Please ring ahead to arrange combined entry to the cathedral and round tower for groups. Family ticket includes entry to round tower and cathedral for 2 adults and up to 3 children between 12-18 years old. Under 12's are not admitted to the Round Tower.


No parking available at Cathedral so allow time for parking on Dean St or in city centre car parks.

St Canices Cathedral Kilkenny


All group visits must be booked in advance. If a cathedral guide is required this must be indicated at the time of booking. A cathedral guide will not be available if one is not requested at the time of booking. During June, July and August, guided tours are not available between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

A cancellation charge will be made for groups who fail to arrive for guided tours and who have not cancelled the tour at least 2 days before the intended visit date. (This will be 50% of the income that would have been due to the cathedral). Payment for group visits may be made by cash, cheque or credit card. Vouchers will also be accepted. Payment of vouchers must be made within 30days of receipt of an invoice from the cathedral. Failure to adhere to this payment policy may result in future tour bookings being refused.

For further information, bookings etc, please contact:

The Cathedral Administrator
The Cathedral Church of St Canice
The Close, Kilkenny, Ireland

Tel: +353 (0) 56 776 4971
Fax: +353 (0) 56 772 3646


  • Saturday 14th May - Concert: Kilkenny Choir perform music by Haydn & Mozart - 8pm to 10pm
  • Saturday 21st May - Concert: The Cathedral Choir - 8pm, €10 - programme comprises choral religious works from the 19th and 20th centuries by the French composers Gabriel Fauré, Camille Saint-Saëns and Maurice Duruflé, and by the Belgian composer Flor Peeters. Tickets are only €10, (€8 concession) and are available from the cathedral or at the door
  • Sunday 22nd May - Concert: Montana State University Orchestra - 4.30pm, free
  • Saturday 11th JuneConcert: Savannah Children’s Choir to sing one or two pieces impromptu - Time TBC
  • Sunday 12th JuneConcert: Youth Symphony of Kansas City - 4.30pm, free
  • Monday 20th JuneConcert: City High Chamber Orchestra - 5pm, free
  • Thursday 23rd June - Concert: Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church - 1pm
  • Sunday 26th June - Concert: American choir Church of the Holy Redeemer - They will join in the morning Eucharist followed by a short concert
  • Sunday 3rd July - Concert: St Bartholomew's Church Dublin Choir - 11.30am morning service
  • Wednesday 6th JulyConcert: Hunterdon Symphony - 5pm, free
  • Thursday 7th July - Concert: Zephyrus Choir (from Charlottesville) - 5pm - Perform a Choral Evensong
  • Monday 11th July - Concert: Selwyn College Choral Evensong
  • Saturday 23rd July - Concert: NYO a programme of music by Michael O'Suilleabhan (TBC)
  • Saturday 30th OR Sunday 31st July - Concert: Diocesan Choir (from Isle of Man) - Perform a Choral Evensong
  • 5th to 14th August - Kilkenny Arts Festival
  • Sunday 11th September - Harvest Thanksgiving Service - 11.30am
  • Sunday 6th November - Compline Service - 6pm
  • Sunday 13th November - Remembrance Sunday - 11.30am
  • Tuesday 6th December - Concert: Annual Lions Club Concert - 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 7th December - Concert: Annual Lions Club Concert - 7.30pm