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Jerpoint Abbey

Although Ireland is dotted with several impressive, monastic ruins, Jerpoint Abbey in Thomastown Kilkenny is one of the most intact, and is an exemplary experience of Ireland’s Ancient East. Wandering around this 12th century Cistercian abbey, it’s easy to visualise how our ancestors in Medieval Ireland once lived, with magnificent ornamentation and mythical figures sculpted into its cloister arcade. Feel empowered and informed about the history and stories of the monks who called the Abbey home, with a free, guided tour, or soak up the natural beauty and rich heritage of this incredible site alone, before continuing your exploration in the visitor and exhibition centre.