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Jerpoint Abbey

Where Irish medieval sculpture reached new heights

09:00 - 17:30 Last admission 16:45

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Jerpoint Abbey

Where Irish medieval sculpture reached new heights

09:00 - 17:30 Last admission 16:45

See all opening times

Limited Access

Free Admission
Visitor Centre & Toilets closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Grounds Open.

Admission

Free

Getting here

Thomastown
Co. Kilkenny
R95 P523

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Jerpoint Abbey

Founded in the 12th century, Jerpoint Abbey is one of the best examples of a medieval Cistercian Abbey in Ireland. The architectural styles within the church, constructed in the late twelfth century, reflect the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture. The tower and cloister date to the fifteenth century.

Jerpoint is renowned for its detailed stone sculptures found throughout the monastery. Dating from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries these include mensa tombs from the O’Tunney school, an exquisite incised depiction of two 13th century knights, the decorated cloister arcades along with other effigies and memorials.

Children can explore the abbey with a treasure hunt available in the nearby visitor centre. Search the abbey to discover saints, patrons, knights, exotic animals and mythological creatures.

A small but informative visitor centre houses an excellent exhibition.

Opening Times

09:00 – 17:30.

Last admission 16:45

 

Seasonal Opening Times

October

09:00 – 17:00

Last admission 16:15

November - December

09:00 – 16:00

Last admission 15:15

Notice

Closed for the Christmas period.

Contact

Thomastown
Co. Kilkenny
R95 P523

056 772 4623

Getting Here

2.5km south west from Thomastown on the R448, Exit 10 on M9, follow signs for Thomastown.

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Facilities

  • Art
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Brochure
  • Car park
  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • Picnic Area
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet

Restrictions

  • Assistance dogs only
  • No climbing

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