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Medieval Mile Museum

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. 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.

Following a five-year excavation and renovation, highlights of the visit include the incredibly ornate Rothe Chapel with exposed tombs belonging to the medieval merchant Rothe family; St Marys external graveyard (where only the wealthiest could be buried) and its abundance of medieval masterpieces; the stories of the multiple pauper graves discovered outside the church walls and the High Cross casts- reaching over 4 metres high that were originally commissioned by the High Kings of Ossory.

Kilkenny’s 800-year story is told with a contemporary twist within the 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.

School Tours at the Medieval Mile Museum:

National Schools

Guided Tour €5 per student
A school tour to the Medieval Mile Museum is an educational and fun experience! The tour begins with a 30 minute workshop, talking the pupils through the detective work done by archaeologists and tying our collections into the pupils’ curriculum. We then take them out to the graveyard and tell them about some of our more interesting ‘residents’! They then finish up with the LEGO hunt which sees them search the museum for 10 characters from Kilkenny’s medieval history in LEGO Minifigure form. The museum is ideally placed to give pupils a solid grounding in skills such as understanding chronology, change, and cause/effect as well as using evidence as a historian or archaeologist.

Self-Guided Tour €3 per student
Beginning with a 10 minute introduction for a Museum Guide, students can enjoy unlimited exploration time at the museum and graveyard, and a LEGO Minifigure Hunt worksheet to complete.

Classroom visit from a real, live archaeologist!
The team at the Medieval Mile Museum is offering a unique experience particularly suited to 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Beginning with a classroom visit from our Curator, archaeologist Grace Fegan, students will get an introduction into the detective work done by archaeologists and historians. The visit will conclude with an invitation from Grace to explore the Medieval Mile Museum where she will show them artefacts, monuments and even skeletons!

Pupils will gain insights into life and death in Medieval Kilkenny, centuries of craftsmanship and artistry and how we know what we know! The experience costs €4 per pupil and is available until the end of June 2020.

Please call/email Grace on 086 1893516 or to arrange. We recommend that the museum visit take place within a week of the classroom visit. Dates and times are subject to availability.

Class visit: 15 minutes
Museum visit: 45 minutes (including LEGO Hunt)

Secondary Schools

Here at the Medieval Mile Museum we have a range of tailored package options available for Secondary School students, including guided tours, a Q & A with our Curator, and ongoing project-based packages. 

Meet the Curator €10 per student
45 minute tour of the museum, 30 minute Q & A with Curator, unlimited time at the museum. Free-of-charge repeat visits throughout the school year are available by arrangement for students undertaking project work.

Guided Tour €7 per student
A one hour tour of the museum, a student worksheet to complete and unlimited time at the museum.

Self-guided Tour - €5 per student
A 10 minute introduction from the Museum Guide, a student worksheet to complete and unlimited time at the museum.

We also offer a School Tour Package, encompassing a number of local attractions. This package includes a visit to Kilkenny's Medieval Mile Museum, and our popular LEGO Hunt, a Craft Workshop with the National Craft Gallery of Ireland, an Animal Encounter Session with the Reptile Zoo, and a packed lunch from Butler House.

Pre-booking is essential - visit our website for more information on our School Tour Packages.

Family Days Out:

The Museum is a great place to visit with the entire family. Let our guides take you through 800 years of Kilkenny’s rich history while the kids enjoy our insanely popular LEGO Hunt!

2 St. Mary’s Lane, High Street, Kilkenny