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St Marys Abbey

Category: Families, Rainy Day, Culture, Sightseeing, Free

Type: Churches & Cathedrals, General Attractions

Meetinghouse Lane
Off Capel Street
Dublin 1
Tel: +353 1 833 1618

Please mention when enquiring.

St. Mary's Abbey was once the wealthiest Cistercian Abbey in Ireland

St Marys Abbey

St. Mary's Abbey was once the wealthiest Cistercian Abbey in Ireland, founded in 1139 it played a large role in the affairs of the state until its dissolution by Henry VIII in 1539.

It was here in St Mary's Abbey that Silken Thomas Fitzgerald started his unsuccessful rebellion in 1534 by throwing down his Sword of State and it is in this context that the Abbey is mentioned in the "Wandering Rocks" chapter of Ulysses by James Joyce.

The abbey was only rediscovered in the 1880s, 7 feet underground and underneath a bakery, by an amateur archaeologist and parts of the old adjoining walls can still be seen. Today only two rooms remain - the Chapter House and the Slype and there is a fascinating exhibition

Opening Time:

Open 5th June - 27th September, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10am-5pm. Open by prior arrangement for group visits.

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City centre, off Capel Street.

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