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Located on the 13th century site of St Mary’s cruciform church and graveyard (considered to be the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland), The Medieval Mile Museum represents an immense treasure trove of artefacts encompassing the work and lives of Ireland and its people across more than 800 years of history. Visitors to the museum will marvel not only at some of Ireland’s finest examples of medieval sculpture, but also the country’s largest collection of Renaissance tombs.
Following a five-year excavation and renovation, highlights of the visit include the incredibly ornate Rothe Chapel with exposed tombs belonging to the medieval merchant Rothe family; St Marys external graveyard (where only the wealthiest could be buried) and its abundance of medieval masterpieces; the stories of the multiple pauper graves discovered outside the church walls and the High Cross casts- reaching over 4 metres high that were originally commissioned by the High Kings of Ossory.
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HIDDEN GEMS

Ireland’s Medieval Mile. From Castle to Cathedral and everything in between- explore Ireland’s best-preserved medieval city.
Through our interactive map, you can unlock the hidden gems that Ireland’s Medieval Mile has to offer and find out why St Mary’s church
Kilkenny played such an important role in Medieval Ireland.
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LOST RELICS

Discover the once-hidden history of this stunning building in the St Mary’s room through our animated timeline. Through the glass floors, you can catch a glimpse of the foundations of a massive tower that loomed over the city. This room will soon be home once again to the amazing artefacts and human remains unearthed during the restoration of the building. Until then, you can learn of the important work being done behind the scenes.
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STORIES IN STONE

Discover stories of power and wealth written and preserved in magnificent stone carvings. Our High Cross exhibition introduces the High Kings of Ossory and the foundation of the monastery of Kilkenny by St Canice. The displays describe how Kilkenny has the finest stone sculptural tradition in Ireland extending from the Neolithic period of 5,000 years ago to the modern era.
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MEDIEVAL TREASURES

Discover the Kilkenny Room with its magnificent glass window overlooking the city. As you make your way, you will catch a glimpse of external tombs dedicated to other wealthy Kilkenny families. Books, Letters, Petitions, Leases… Kilkenny holds a unique set of civic records, tracing the city’s history right back to the 1200s. The ancient papers and treasures tell fascinating stories about daily life in a medieval city governed by wealthy merchants.
Find the Liber Primus – Kilkenny’s extraordinary medieval town book.
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WEALTHY MERCHANTS

Step into the Rothe Chapel and explore the best surviving example of a medieval chantry chapel in Ireland. Around 1560 the Rothes – who were wealthy Kilkenny merchants – built this private chapel. The carvings on the tombs here are unusually well-preserved and provide an insight into the lives of Kilkenny’s most important families.
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BURIED SECRETS

Wander through the atmospheric medieval graveyard where buried secrets of powerful patrons lie, awaiting discovery. A place of rest for the great and good of Kilkenny for 800 years, the graveyard is now an oasis for wildlife in the centre of the city. Bats, butterflies and bees have made their homes here as well as a variety of plants.