Dominican Black Abbey

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: Abbey Square, Abbey Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +353-567721279
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Dominican Black Abbey - Review

Named after the Friars who wore Black coats on occasions, the Black abbey was built in 1225 between 2 cities; the old Irish Kilkenny around the St.Canice Cathedral and the English-town Kilkenny clustered around the Kilkenny Castle. The abbey’s location signified an unbiased position for both the cities.

Today Kilkenny consist of both the Irish and English history. The abbey was subjected to a lot of reigns first by Elizabeth I and then by King James I- neither of whom maintained the purpose of the abbey. In the 17th century, however, theDominicans took possession of the place to bring peace to the abbey and be known as the present day historic monument. A school of theology was also initiated here to further establish catholic grounds. Today the church is a major tourist attraction.

Highlights Include:

  • The Main Church
  • Priory Museum

Tourists love to visit the church for its rich history with beautiful architecture and signature tinted glass arts.

Dominican Black Abbey Information

  • Do try to attend the daily mass.
  • Tourists recommend exploring the city and its attractions by foot even though taxis are easily available.

Dominican Black Abbey Hours

Monday to Saturday

  • Masses: 10.30am & 1.05pm
  • Rosary:10.15am
  • Adoration: 11am-1pm
  • Divine Office: 10am & 6.45pm
  • Confession: 10.15am

Sunday Mass Times: 

  • 6.10pm - Saturday Vigil
  • 9.00 am
  • 12.00 pm
  • 6.00 pm 
  • Confessions: Saturday 12.00 pm & 6.45pm

How To reach Dominican Black Abbey by Public Transport

  • Bus: The nearest bus stop is at Market Yard.

Restaurants Near Dominican Black Abbey

  • Royal Spice
  • Foodworks
  • Kilkenny Cafe

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TripHobo Highlights for Dominican Black Abbey

  • Dominican Black Abbey Address: Abbey Square, Abbey Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Dominican Black Abbey Contact Number: +353-567721279
  • Dominican Black Abbey Timing: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Dominican Black Abbey Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Dominican Black Abbey(preferred time): 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Dominican Black Abbey: 01:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Dominican Black Abbey

  • 92.84% of people who visit Kilkenny include Dominican Black Abbey in their plan

  • 50.44% of people start their Dominican Black Abbey visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Dominican Black Abbey

Monday, Friday and Sunday

89.62% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Dominican Black Abbey

People normally club together Smithwick's Experience and Jerpoint Abbey while planning their visit to Dominican Black Abbey.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Dominican Black Abbey, Kilkenny Reviews

  • I grew up in kilkenny, we went to mass there every Sunday, .I have always loved the black abbey, I loved going to mass there to day. Bought back happy memories. Beautiful church. Great history.

  • A really nice Abbey that is a little off the main city path and thus does not get as many visitors as the main center. You can walk through freely with no ticket purchase needed and there are candles that you can light for a small donation. It is just a few minutes from the main road so if you have time it is worth a pass.

  • A beautiful abbey to visit with some really interesting pieces that survived Cromwell's onslaught.

  • Absolutely beautiful church. Well worth a visit.

  • Picturesque setting by the river, couple of minutes walk from the city centre, masses and other sacraments administered, ancient stained-glass windows, founded 1225 by dominican (black) friars. Candles to light.

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