Medieval Mile Museum
Step back in time into Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum. The Museum started life as a church in the 13thC and is the perfect location from which to embark on a medieval voyage of discovery, rambling amongst displays and replicas of Treasures and High crosses while delving into 800 years of Irish heritage.
Designed to enrich the cultural life of Kilkenny and provide a new international standard attraction for visitors, the museum provides also space for temporary exhibitions and cultural events.
Displays of these civic treasures and replicas of some of the High Crosses of Ossory illustrate the local Gaelic Museum function includs; exhibition on the history of Kilkenny city and displays of Kilkenny’s civic treasures, exhibitions on the Ossuary High Crosses as well as spaces for temporary exhibitions and cultural events. The Museum provides a spectacular venue for exhibitions, special municipal events and cultural events. A relative newcomer to Kilkenny’s Medieval offering, this award winning restoration must be seen. The interior of the church is a honeycomb of burial vaults, many of which appear to be connected with other great Kilkenny merchant families: the Archers, the Shees and Knaresboroughs in the chancel.
The extension beyond the Chancellery features ‘The Kilkenny Room’ hosts an exhibition of important artefacts and archival documents taken from key periods throughout the long history of the Medieval City of Kilkenny. It includes the 1231 Liber Primus Kilkenniensis, the 1609 Charter of James I and the city’s ceremonial sword and mace. Crosses of Ossory illustrate the local Gaelic monastic heritage and the ancient city’s historic role in Ireland. St Mary’s church and graveyard is considered to be the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland. The Medieval Mile Museum itself represents a wealth of history and intrigue.
The museum brings together elements of design and imaginative interpretation, revealing how everyday life in Kilkenny has evolved throughout history from ancient times to early Christian, Medieval and Anglo Ireland and up to the present
Nov to Mar 11am – 4:30 pm
Closed on Mondays
April – Oct 10am – 6pm
All Day Tours – (Now include an Audio Guide as standard)