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Rothe House & Garden

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Rothe House Kilkenny

Rothe House is a unique Tudor merchant’s townhouse, built between 1594 and 1610. The property comprises three houses, three enclosed courtyards and a large garden to the rear. The property is a lot bigger than it looks from the street! To accommodate his growing family, on this long, narrow plot John Rothe Fitzpiers built three houses, one behind the other, with cobbled courtyards in between. To the rear is a half-acre garden that runs all the way back to the City Wall.

The property is now owned by Kilkenny Archaeological Society and is home to their large collection of artefacts relating to Kilkenny city and county. The garden has been painstakingly reconstructed to reflect the Rothe Family garden and is planted with heritage varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit; there are even resident ducks!

The house is open to the public and visitors will have the opportunity to make their way through the houses, courtyards and gardens on a self-guided tour. Full guided tours can also be arranged for groups by contacting reception@rothehouse.com.

Location

Parliament Street, Kilkenny.

Garden

The garden at Rothe House is a faithful recreation of the Rothe family garden as it would have appeared in the early 17th century and is the only urban garden of this period which is open to the public. The long, walled burgage plot runs from the rear of John Rothe’s mansion on Parliament Street to the city wall. Archaeological excavations in 2008 uncovered the original layout of the garden and even the seeds and pollen of the plants that were grown here.

Museum

The collection on display in Rothe House was gathered by Kilkenny Archaeological Society from Kilkenny and the surrounding countryside over many generations and held at Rothe House for safekeeping. The collection comprises of a portrait of Sir John Power of Kilfane, a cist grave dating back approximately 4000 years and a costume collection dating back to the 19th century and much more.

Genealogy

Rothe House is also the Family History Centre for Kilkenny city and county. With over 200,000 records and a genealogist on staff, Rothe House is the perfect place to start your search. Appointments can be made with the genealogist by contacting kilkennyfamilyhistory@rothehouse.com.

Opening Hours

Rothe House Winter Opening Hours:

  • November: Monday – Saturday 10:30 to 4:30 (Last admissions 4:00)
    Closed Sundays
     
  • December: Monday – Saturday 10:30 to 4:30 (Last admissions 4:00)
    Closed Sundays

 

The house is open to the public and visitors will have the opportunity to make their way through the houses, courtyards and gardens on a self-guided tour. Full guided tours can also be arranged for groups by contacting reception@rothehouse.com

 

Contact

Phone: 056 7722893
Email: reception@rothehouse.com
Web: http://rothehouse.com