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Jerpoint Abbey, Thomastown, Kilkenny,
Dating back to the late 12th century, Jerpoint Abbey is a wonderful example of Ireland’s Cistercian heritage in County Kilkenny. Located about 2.5km south west of Thomastown, the serene abbey features splendid carvings and sculptures.
The King of Ossory founded the beautiful Jerpoint Abbey near Thomastown, County Kilkenny in 1158 and today, with many details preserved, the site offers a unique glimpse into the life of the Cistercian monks who once inhabited it.
Guests can visit the Romanesque church and see tombs from the 13th to 16th centuries, among them the final resting place of the abbey’s first abbot, Felix O’Dulany. Another highlight is the sculpted cloister arcade, which has pillars decorated with rich carvings.
Inside the visitor centre, an informative exhibition is on display. Guided tours are also available.
Opening times: Early March - September: Daily 09.00 - 17.30 | Oct: Daily 09.00 - 17.00 | Nov - Start Dec: Daily 09.30 - 16.00 | Average Length of Visit: 1 hour. Dec - March: Pre-booked tours only | Closed for the Christmas period from Mid-December - Early January.