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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.

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The History of the Building

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.

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.

As the starting point of the Medieval Mile trail, it brings to life Kilkenny’s history as Ireland’s premier medieval city.

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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.

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.

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 is also home to the amazing artefacts and human remains unearthed during the restoration of the building.

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Stories in Stone

Discover stories of power and wealth written and preserved in magnificent stone carvings.

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.

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.

A must see attraction!

Absolutely fantastic museum! I would highly recommend visiting the Medieval Mile Museum and getting a guided tour as it is well worth it. The tour guide John, knows an abundance of knowledge about Kilkenny’s culture and heritage. He totally brings the history to life which allows you to fully immerse yourself into the experience and the importance of this site. It was a brilliant experience and I couldn’t recommend it enough! The gift shop also provides an opportunity to find very unique and reasonably priced items that are not found in other traditional Irish gift shops. I truly couldn’t recommend this experience enough!!

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Wealthy Merchants

Step into the Rothe Chapel and explore the best surviving example of a medieval chantry chapel in Ireland.

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.

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.

Admission & Opening Hours

We are open Monday – Sunday 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Interactive Audio Tour

Adults €8.00
Concessions €6.50
Child €3.50
Family (2 x Adults & up to 4 x Children under 16) €22.50

Guided Tour

10 a.m. 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. Monday – Sunday

Adults €12.00
Concessions €10.50
Child €5.50
Family (2 x Adults & up to 4 x Children under 16) €30.00

Medieval Mile Trail

Tours leave at 11 a.m. each day from the Medieval Mile Museum on St Mary’s Lane.

Adults €15.00
Concessions €13.50
Child €7.50
Family (2 x Adults & up to 4 x Children under 16) €40.00

*We would advise that visitors arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of time for the Walking Trail.
Groups For group rates please email info@medievalmilemuseum.ie

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