Dominican Black Abbey, KilkennyCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- Address: Abbey Square, Abbey Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +353-567721279
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
About Dominican Black Abbey, Kilkenny
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.
- 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 Opening and Closing Hours
Monday to Saturday
- Masses: 10.30am & 1.05pm
- 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
- Kilkenny Cafe
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Things to Know Before Visiting Dominican Black Abbey
95% of people who visit Kilkenny include Dominican Black Abbey in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
53.26% of people start their Dominican Black Abbey visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Dominican Black Abbey
80.37% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Dominican Black Abbey
Dominican Black Abbey, Kilkenny Reviews
Beautiful ancient Abbey. Lovely stained glass windows.
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.
Beauty full little church steeped in history
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
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