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Duiske Abbey

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Duiske Abbey

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Upper Main Street Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny Ireland
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Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
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Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin

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Learn about Irish folklore and medieval architecture on this hassle-free day trip to Glendalough and Kilkenny from Dublin. Avoid the stress of organizing transport and activities, and let a guide do the hard work for you. Combine visits to Glendalough’s monastic settlement, Wicklow Mountain National Park, and Kilkenny Castle with a sheep herding demonstration, and travel with ease between the dispersed landmarks. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included for added convenience.
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zimmys57 wrote a review Nov 2019
Delavan, Wisconsin704 contributions284 helpful votes
This 800 year plus old restored Abbey was totally amazing to see. On the outside it is an impressive stone structure with adjoining cemetery that you cannot not miss as you drive into Graiguenamanagh. As you enter the inside even more spectacular is the high wooden ceiling, the beautiful stained glass windows, and the impressive pipe organ. We were so glad we explored off the beaten path and discovered this historical landmark.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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WirralChesterdraws wrote a review Aug 2018
Wirral83 contributions81 helpful votes
From an architectural point of view, this building is spectacular. The interior has been finished to a high standard both of materials and authenticity, and there is a good deal of information provided for the general visitor. An architectural model shows the original extent of the monastic settlement. The monks diverted the river Duiske flowing through the town to provide a constant water supply both for the abbey and for the mill. Indeed the river, whose Irish name means "black water", gave its name to the Abbey. You can see some of the ruins of the original abbey in the recently extended carpark behind the Supervalu grocery shop and post office, but by going down the stairs inside the Abbey you encounter a sculpture of a recumbent knight (presumably a Norman, as the abbey was first established during the period of Norman conquest of Ireland). It is said that the fact that his legs are crossed indicates that he went on a Crusade to the Holy Land; just one of the strange facts you can learn about the history of the Abbey and of Graiguenamanagh itself.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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JennyB1984 wrote a review Aug 2018
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom432 contributions110 helpful votes
Absolutely beautiful place to visit. The effigy is worth a visit as well. The stained glass windows were completely stunning in particular.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Gerry C wrote a review Jul 2018
28 contributions4 helpful votes
A beautiful Abbey, the highlight for me was the fantastically built, very high wooden ceiling, superb craftsmanship. The magnificent stained glass windows, white washed walls and simple adornments make for a peaceful atmosphere. Well worth visiting.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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James M wrote a review Nov 2017
Wittenberg, Wisconsin127 contributions81 helpful votes
The cathedral, both exterior and interior, is beautiful with a very interesting history. The adjoining cemetery has at least two high cross headstones. I would agree with previously posted reviews that it's a place to slow down and enjoy.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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