Rothe House & Garden
Nestled in the centre of Ireland’s Medieval Mile, Rothe House and Garden is one of Kilkenny’s hidden gems. A visit is high on the list of things to do in the Marble City. Built between 1594 and 1610 this was the home of the renowned merchant, landowner and Mayor of Kilkenny City, John Rothe Fitz Piers, his wife Rose Archer, and their eleven children.
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.
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.
The plants and trees that now grow in the garden are the same varieties that would have been grown by the Rothe’s.
Self Guided tours: (Allowance up to 30 minutes to complete)
Child €4.00 (age 6-18) Children under six go free
Family (Two adult and two children over the age of six) €20.00
Guided tours (Allowance up to one hour but can cater to your needs)
Group Rate €7.00 per person, Primary Schools €4.00 (Groups of 10 or more for guided tour; needs to be pre-booked.
Monday – Saturday 10.30am to 5.00pm
Sunday 12.00am – 5.00pm