The Black Abbey, Kilkenny

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#4 of 16 in Historic Sites in Kilkenny
The 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. Plan to visit The Black Abbey during your Kilkenny vacation using our convenient Kilkenny trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    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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  • August 13, 2017
    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 »
  • August 11, 2017
    beautiful! well signposted and feature! Unlike any other seen in Ireland and out! definitely recommended place for passing visits!
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  • June 9, 2017
    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.
  • June 14, 2017
    The stained-glass is impressive. So well preserved.
  • April 18, 2017
    Worth a wander-around, even if you don't go inside. Beautiful architecture and windows, and within walking distance of several other attractions.
  • July 6, 2017
    Nice Looking even at night
  • July 31, 2016
    Culture and history. Beautiful! Still don't understand how the Church don't support the project to improve the structure. They're trying to get funds from private businesses/particular👎

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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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