The former St Mary’s Church has been converted into a modern museum and will also be a venue for select events and exhibitions. Designed to enrich the cultural life of the city and provide a new international standard attraction for visitors the museum has several functions: as the starting point for understanding Kilkenny’s medieval history, to display Kilkenny’s Civic Treasures and replicas of some of Ossory High Crosses and to provide a space for temporary exhibitions and cultural events.
The 13th century St Mary’s church and graveyard is the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland. As the starting point of the Medieval Mile trail, it brings to life Kilkenny’s history as Ireland’s premier medieval city. Displays of Kilkenny’s civic treasures and replicas of some of the High Crosses of Ossory illustrate the local Gaelic monastic heritage and the ancient city’s historic role in Ireland.
Kilkenny’s 800-year story is told with a contemporary twist within the new museum. The customer experience contains a long colourful interactive table similar to a giant iPad, an elongated plasma TV screen and projected imagery onto a giant wall allowing visitors to get immersed in the rich history with the aid of modern technology.
TIMES AND PRICES
November to March
Tuesday – Sunday
11am – 4.30pm
April to October
10am – 6pm
Seven Days Per Week
All Day Tours – Now include an Audio Guide as standard!
Medieval Mile Trail €10
Medieval Mile Trail & Museum Visit €18
Groups For group rates please email email@example.com
Group tour with lunch at Butler House packages are also available.
The LEGO® Mini Figure Hunt is included in both Guided Tour tickets and All Day Tour tickets.
AUDIO GUIDES: English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish
MEDIEVAL MILE TRAIL
Step out on Ireland’s Medieval Mile and discover the stories of Kilkenny’s Tudor merchants in this fascinating walking tour experience. Our expert guides will bring you through the streets and laneways of Ireland’s medieval capital, pointing out hidden gems and weaving tales of wealthy merchant families in this walled city.
Tours leave at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. each Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from the Medieval Mile Museum on St Mary’s Lane.