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Address: Ardfert, Ireland
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This 13th-century monastery also houses a pair of well-preserved cloisters...

This 13th-century monastery also houses a pair of well-preserved cloisters that date back to the 1400s.

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Great walk down to the friary. If is very deserted and you will be by yourself in the quiet of the surrounding fields. It is best to park at the site and you will walk about 150... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2016
James W
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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Reviewed 7 August 2016

Great walk down to the friary. If is very deserted and you will be by yourself in the quiet of the surrounding fields. It is best to park at the site and you will walk about 150 meters from there. Amazing stones destroyed from the walls about 450 years ago.

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

Tucked away down a little laneway is the Friary. The ruins can be accessed for free and enable the visitor to imagine another time and place, another way of being. Be prepared for rain - this is Ireland and there is no shelter at the site. There is limited signage so the imagination can fly. The ruins provide an insight... More 

County Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

This Franciscan Abbey is the only surviving one of three religious congregations that once clustered around the nucleus that is the huge cathedral that was in Ardfert. Today, though a ruin, the Friary is well preserved and allows you experience and ponder the story of the various remaining parts of the grand structure.Its architecture is quite stunning when you consider... More 

1 Thank SirNorman
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

The OPW workers were mowing and treating the area so we were unable to walk up to the site, however it looks great from a distance so hopefully I will be able to return and explore some more.

Thank Amena317
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

In my youth I often visited these ruins as I spent vacations nearby. There was no barrier blocking the stairs and sometimes I went right up to the top. Amazingly the tower has apartments built 600 years ago ! There were lots of trees nearby but now all the trees are gone. The craftsmen built for the centuries and now... More 

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Reviewed 15 November 2015

This was my favorite site to see in all of Ireland. We were told about it by the friendly people staffing Ardfert Cathedral. I think it was my favorite because, for the most part, the skeleton of the Friary is still there and it's not touched by tourism. We were able to walk around the structure and get a good... More 

Thank AR H
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 28 June 2015

It stands aloof a distance from the town in the middle of a field really. You can just wander along and have a look. The Church which has rows of slender Lancet windows in its south and east walls was build in the middle of the 13th century.

Thank Bernie C
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 May 2015

I must say at the outset, that the signs to reach this site are very confusing, and maybe the powers that be need to consider putting in fixed signage that can't be vandalised by folk with nothing else to do with their time. This friary is to be found north east of the village, and finally was destroyed by the... More 

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Summerhill, Ireland
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Wow, this place is just class. The children loved it. Playing and climbing on the low walls. Would really go there again. More information signs wouldn't come amiss.

Thank GearoidladfromIreland
Wexford, Ireland
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

This Friary has great wall preservation and could be lost to the cathedral. There is no entry charge and could be lost only for a couple of signs to it as it is not as clear to view at the cathedral in the village.

Thank gerard_shannon

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