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At the Medieval Mile Museum, hear the stories of Kilkenny's powerful patrons and inspired creators through the monuments and artefacts they left behind.
Ireland’s finest example of a medieval church, this building has been lovingly restored in recent years. Archaeological excavations unearthed artefacts hidden for centuries that are now on display in world-class exhibitions. Visitors to the museum will marvel at a treasure trove of objects encompassing the stories of Ireland and its people across centuries.
The museum contains some of Ireland’s finest examples of medieval sculpture. Since the 1200s, the site has been a place of burial for rich and poor. In fact, many of Kilkenny’s past generations are still at rest here in tombs that can be glimpsed through glass floors.
A new cutting-edge exhibition: 3 lives, 3 deaths, One life unlived, welcomes the return of three skeletons that were excavated at the main gate of the museum in 2016. There has been a lot learned about these individuals’ lives through scientific analysis and historical research. Visitors will come face to face with the physical remains of people who walked the streets of Kilkenny centuries ago and will discover how forensic analysis has revealed many of their secrets.
An exclusive LEGO® Minifigure Hunt has been added to the museum, which sees a number of Kilkenny’s key historic characters represented in LEGO® Minifigure form and hiding around the museum. The hunt is available to children of all ages at no additional charge.
Whether by means of an entertaining guided tour or an engaging audio tour (available in 6 languages with child-friendly options), the Medieval Mile Museum offers visitors an unforgettable experience.
- One of the country’s largest collections of Renaissance tombs, still in situ
- Ossory High cross exhibition
- Kilkenny’s civic treasures, including royal charters from the 1300s
- Interactive Map of Ireland's Medieval Mile
- Highly praised, entertaining and engaging guided tours
- Exclusive LEGO® Minifigure Hunt
April to October (inclusive)
Open 7 days a week, 10:00 to 18:00
November to March (inclusive)
Tuesday -Sunday 11:00 to 16:30 (Closed Mondays)
Last admission: 45 mins before closing
Approx. visit duration: 45mins to 90mins
Medieval Mile Museum,
St Mary’s Church,
St Mary’s Lane,
T: +353 (0)56 7817022
- Adult: Guided €13, Audio €8.50
- Senior: Guided €11, Audio €7
- Student (with valid ID): Guided €11, Audio €7
- Child (aged 5 – 12): Guided €5.50, Audio €3.50
- Family 2A&2C: Guided €27.50, Audio €22.50
- Babies/Toddlers aged 0 to 4 are free
Other Useful Information
Audio Guides available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
City centre cafes and restaurants within 100metres of attraction. Also in our sister property Butler House & Garden, 3-minute walk, we cater for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.
Souvenirs, crafts, clothing, and books all available through the onsite gift shop.
Off-site on-street parking available within 100 meters of museum
The Museum is fully Wheelchair accessible
Regular guided tours scheduled hourly.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
- 2019 Kilkenny Business Awards, Culture, Tourism & Heritage
- 2018 RIAI Architecture Award, Culture/Public Category
- 2018 ICI Award, Conservation Project of the Year
- 2018 AAI Award, Special Mention
- 2018 The Plan Awards, Finalist
- 2018 ICE Awards, Silver Award
Kilkenny - Ireland's medieval capital - is just a 1.5-hour drive from Dublin (140km/85mi from Dublin Airport). At the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, the Medieval Mile Museum is located right in the City Centre, within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, shopping, and other attractions. It is a great starting point for your visit and will help you explore the narrow streets, covered laneways, soaring towers and stunning castle that make up Ireland's Medieval Mile.Medieval Mile Museum Nearby Attractions
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