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Hotel Near Black Abbey Kilkenny

Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel is a 3 minute drive or a 9 minute walk to Black Abbey Kilkenny

Established outside the founding walls of Kilkenny City in 1225, The Black Abbey was one of the first houses of the Dominican Order in Ireland. Originally built in a typical Dominican style, little remains of the early church physically but it’s impact in the city from the 14th Century to present day has been astronomical.

Named after the black cloaks worn by the “Black Friars” over their white habits, The Black Abbey played a pivotal role in city life. During the 1920’s, the town of Kilkenny was divided in half with one part occupied primarily by indigenous Irish people and the other half occupied by English settlers. The abbey was built between this divide with the purpose being of demonstrating its independence from either side. The Black Abbey was at the Centre of Life in Kilkenny for centuries until King Henry VIII confiscated it and converted it into a courthouse. Throughout years of being unoccupied, the Black Abbey was left in ruin until the Dominican Order regained possession in the 19th Century, restoring and opening the Abbey to become a place for public worship once again.

The Black Abbey remains open to this day as a site of public worship in the medieval town of Kilkenny. One of the most significant features of this building is its stunning “Rosary Window”, created in 1892, it is considered to be the largest stained glass window in Ireland with its colours radiating in the sunlight. Tourists travel from near and far to view the remains of the original Abbey, such as the nave and transept, as well as to marvel upon the 15th Century alabaster statue of the Holy Trinity found hidden in the walls of the Abbey.

Looking for a fantastic hotel near Black Abbey Kilkenny and in the heart of Kilkenny City? Stay at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. Our 118 contemporary guestrooms offer comfortable space for you to relax in after spending time exploring the great city of Kilkenny. Our rooms are generous in size and have a bright and airy feel with all the comforts you’d expect in a contemporary, urban Kilkenny City hotel. Guests also enjoy free access to our hotel’s Leisure Centre which includes a 21m pool, children’s pool, fully equipped gym, sauna and steam room while there is also an opportunity to treat yourself to a pamper day at KO Spa.

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See what our guests have to say about visiting the Black Abbey during their stay at Kilkenny Ormonde:

‘Great Location’

“The hotel is very nice and is in a great location. It is a very easy walk to Kilkenny Castle and the Medieval Mile. From here you can walk to Smithwicks, the Black Abbey and many other attractions. Friendly staff. Parking available across the street is pretty reasonable. Overall a great city and great hotel. I would recommend this hotel to friends and family visiting Kilkenny.”

‘Very central hotel’

“All restaurants, pubs, and tourist attractions within a few minutes walk. Hotel staff couldn't have been more welcoming and friendly. Excellent breakfast. Very comfortable and spotless rooms. A city full of history, a visit to St Canice's cathedral and the Black Abbey is a must.”