Built in the 16th century by John Rothe, a wealthy merchant, is the historic Tudor Rothe House. Consisting of three houses with two courtyards, Rothe House is today the headquarters of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society and houses its museum and library. Rothe House is an important part of Kilkenny’s heritage and has therefore become a popular tourist attraction. Visitors will come across over 2,500 artifacts all relating to the heritage of Kilkenny, including a Viking sword, paintings, furniture, stone axe heads, fossils and so on. Rothe House is also known for its beautiful garden which was recreated after a 17th century garden and has become a must-visit when in Kilkenny. The walled garden is home to a variety of trees and plants, including ones bearing fruits and vegetables, and a plethora of colorful flowers.
Adults: €5 Senior Citizens/Students: €4
April to October: 10:30am - 5pm (Mon to Sat), 3pm - 5pm (Sunday) November to March: 10:30am - 4:30pm (Mon to Sat)
Around 1 hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The collection of artifacts, the architecture and the garden
Muslim tourists will not find any prayer facilities at the Rothe House. They will however be able to locate a secluded area in its garden to offer their prayers. Muslims visiting the attraction could also make use of the facilities offered at Kilkenny’s only known mosque - the Kilkenny Islamic Centre.
While Rothe House is not known to house a café, visitors are sure to find plenty of dining establishments in the area surrounding the attraction. Muslim visitors could dine on suitable vegetarian and seafood dishes at local non-Halal restaurants, or they could visit one of the few Halal restaurants in the city.