Black Abbey, Kilkenny

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#4 of 19 in Historic Sites in Kilkenny
Black Abbey represents a Catholic monastery of the Dominican order built in 1225, and it also serves as the local church of Killkenny. Its name derives from the "black friars," an old English nickname for Dominicans. Join the locals for religious observance, or visit between services to view the building. The old structure impresses with highly detailed stained glass throughout. Brochures describing the history of this important church are available for purchase. Check the mass schedule online before you go; doors may be locked during services. With our custom trip planner, Kilkenny attractions like Black Abbey can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Free entrance. The Church itself is worthwhile, but the really interesting are its stained glass windows. There are paid street parking, but it is a short walk from the shopping streets of Kilkenny.
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  • While we came for the castle, we're so glad we toured the medieval town and saw the abbey too. It's well worth the visit.  more »
  • beautiful! well signposted and feature! Unlike any other seen in Ireland and out! definitely recommended place for passing visits!
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  • A rather unique church in that it is an el shape rather than cruciform, owing to one wing of the transept having been demolished by Cromwell, like many religious structures in Ireland. The stained glass is even dinner than that of the city's namesake cathedral and well worth a look, as is an ancient alabaster statue of the Holy Trinity.
  • There are many many old cathedrals in the area and this may be one of the older ones but it wasn't anything particularly remarkable. The stained glass was nice but St Canice Cathedral is right down the street and has one of the oldest tallest towers in the country and the only one that lets you climb to the very top.
  • The church itself is nothing to write about, but the main stained glass windows are stunning
  • The stained-glass is impressive. So well preserved.
  • Worth a wander-around, even if you don't go inside. Beautiful architecture and windows, and within walking distance of several other attractions.

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Where to stay in Kilkenny

For a historical Irish experience, stay in Kilkenny County's namesake city, a medieval destination with no shortage of lodging options. If you are interested in exploring the central sights of this city, stay at one of the many hotels, hostels, or bed and breakfasts near its center. For something more affordable, head to the outskirts and look into guesthouse options. You can also choose a nearby spa if you want to splurge on a relaxing getaway.
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