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The Black Abbey Abbey Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

To my shame after visiting Kilkenny and my mother for so many years this was the first time I had visited Black Abbey. From the outside it really is a stunning building and is impressive. The interior is equally awe inspiring, peaceful and tranquil. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank BlackPepperPlease
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a very historic building and has nice stained glass windows. It also has the old stonework which is of interest. Its worth a visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Abbey is purported to be the oldest continuously operating church in Ireland with almost 800 years to it's story. While it is not much of visual or architectural wonder, as the oldest Abbey in Ireland it's worth a visit. There is no fee to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Edge038
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This church is almost 800 years old and is still in use. The stained glass is beautiful and there are also some medieval statues. There is no fee to enter and is well worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TravelIntl
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Go inside to admire the amazing stained glass windows! The abbey is interesting from the outside too, it is old (from 1225), large enough, build in Norman architecture. We were there with our guide Claire (from Collins Day Tours), saw the tombstones and then went...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank AthanasiaGreece
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Beautiful stained glass inside. Also some interesting statues inside. There is no charge but you can make a donation if you like.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LovesToTravel918
Reviewed November 5, 2018

We found this Abbey as we were just walking around the city of Kilkenny. We were able to catch a 6:10pm Vigil Mass as a bonus. Beautiful building and streets surrounding the area.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Doris D
Reviewed October 24, 2018

I have rated Black Abbey on it's beautiful stained glass windows alone. The beautiful five paneled 'Rosary Window' ,documented as the largest stained glass window in Ireland, is absolutely awesome as are the other traditional stained glass windows. In total contrast is the vibrant colorful...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank TonyJonesRSA
Reviewed October 14, 2018

The stained glass was amazing, and the thought of the Church being used still to this day is wonderful. Outside you can see the empty remains of old tombs. Read the history plaques.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nathan L
Reviewed October 4, 2018

Went to Kilkenny in June, as part of a day tour, so I didn't have much time to explore the town. I decided I would visit the Black Abbey, just because it's not the first choice of the majority of people and also because it's...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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November 9, 2018|
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Response from Paulo_Lambert | Reviewed this property |
It is not closed at all and it definitely worth visiting.
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I am not sure, there wasn't when I was there.
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Response from wendhmagz | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure what the opening hours are but Catholic churches are usually open all day every day until around 7pm (depends on the individual church) and you are always welcome to attend mass. There is no charge to visit the... More
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