Things to see or do
- Directions: Sitatuted in the heart of the city, on the route between Kilkenny Castle and St Canices Cathedral. Access is on Parliament Street. Sat Nav Co-ords: N 52o 39.3’ , W 7o 15.3’
- Genealogical Research: A County Kilkenny family history research service is available to patrons. Rothe House Heritage Trust is the designated family history research centre for County Kilkenny and is a member of the Irish Family History Foundation. All enquiries are answered promptly and initial and full search options are available to those seeking to discover their Kilkenny family roots. If you wish to find out more about past family members; where they worked or lived, who they married and more, then contact Rothe House by either calling in or via our website where you can fill out an information form. Our genealogist will be in touch with you on receipt of this form to advise you on the type of information that can be provided, cost and duration of initial and full search options.
- Admission Prices: Adult:€4.80 Concession: €3.80 Group (+10) rates available
Rothe House and GardenKilkenny City Kilkenny - Ireland South
Rothe House is a late 16th-century merchant’s home built in 1594, consisting of three separate town houses, three enclosed courtyards and a newly restored garden to the rear. It was built between 1594 and 1610, by a wealthy Kilkenny merchant, John Rothe Fitzpiers. Rothe House was his family home and place of business, as he was an importer of fine cloths and silks from England and the continent. He lived here with his wife, Rose Archer, and their twelve children. The house and garden are privately owned by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society and are open to the public throughout the year. Rothe House is also home to the society’s vast collection of artefacts relating to life in Kilkenny, as well as its library. This contains a full collection of local newspapers,(since 1784), maps, family archives and books of local and national historic interest. Exhibitions frequently rotate to display the collection of artefacts. The Garden, which opened to the public in 2008, is a reconstruction of an early 17th-century Irish town garden, and includes a large orchard of fruit trees, complemented by a large vegetable and herb garden. The objective of the authentic planting design was to only use plants that would have been grown at the time as when the Rothe family lived here. Rothe House is the home to the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, a museum of local and national artefacts, and a private library that is open to both members and non-members, or online at www.kilkenny.brsgenealogy.com
ContactTelephone+353 (0)56 772 2893
Address: Rothe House and Garden, Parliament Street, Kilkenny City, Co Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland