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The Abbey Wedding and Events Venue - Kildare

The Abbey Wedding & Events Venue , Stanhope Street, Athy, Co. Kildare
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The Abbey is an iconic period building in the heart of Kildare and has been transformed into a premium and exclusive wedding venue. Located just an hour outside of Dublin, The Abbey has all the chic glamour and practical facilities to host your wedding day in style!

The beauty of our original 18th Century Chapel, stunning stained-glass windows, perfectly landscaped gardens, luxurious guestrooms and delicious onsite catering makes The Abbey the perfect venue to say “I do!”

The private landscaped courtyard at the rear of the property is ideal for outdoor drinks receptions and picture-perfect photos. The beautifully appointed open plan ballroom, which features incredible crystal chandeliers, they will make your night magical. It is perfectly arranged for you and your guests to experience our lavish wedding menu with 200 of your guests.

Our 18th Century Chapel can host wedding ceremonies of up to 200 guests, open to all types of ceremony. Some features, vaulted ceilings, stained-glass windows, and original heritage tiles. The Chapel can be transformed in the evenings into a spectacular entertainment space, with its very own Chapel Bar.

Our 38 contemporary bedrooms can sleep up to 100 people, including two prestigious wedding suites. Our bespoke designed wedding suite boasts a dedicated “getting ready” area for the morning of the wedding, fitted with four makeup stations and a floor to ceiling three-fold mirror. Which makes it the ideal setting to start your wedding day, with more than ample room for you, your stylists, and your bridal party to get ready together.

A summary of some of the stunning features at The Abbey:

  • An 18th century Chapel, for ceremony and after party.  
  • Garden Parlour overlooking our private courtyard with an ornate bronzed gazebo.
  • A Ballroom, capable of hosting up to 200 of your guests.
  • Ground Floor rooms include The Lounge, Whiskey Room and Dining Room.
  • The Bridal Room.
  • Honeymoon Suite.
  • A total of 38 bedrooms which can sleep up to 100 guests.


20 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Jenny and Darren
Added 20th Apr 2023
Wedding 15th Apr 2023
We had such a fantastic day at The Abbey! Arizbeth and the team are so professional and helpful. The food was amazing and a lot of guests came up afterwards to say how nice it was. I would highly recommend The Abbey to anyone planning their wedding. Thank you all for this amazing day!!
Jade Cahalan
Added 1st Apr 2023
Wedding 22nd Oct 2022
Our guests are still talking about our wedding, everything was perfect. Dermot and Arizbeth ensured that everything went to plan from the day of enquiry to the moment we said "I Do". We would 100% recommend The Abbey. The pre meal the night before was a great way to mix with our guests before the wedding and the food was amazing! The venue is beautiful to making for stunning photo opportunities.
James and Niamh
Added 18th Oct 2022
Wedding 7th Oct 2022
The Abbey went above and beyond in our expectations. We and all our guests agreed that the venue was exceptional. The setting for the ceremony was beautiful and it made an amazing venue for our band and DJ later in the day. The food was also exceptional quality and service at dinner from the staff and indeed throughout the day was superb. Everyone was incredibly kind, helpful and attentive and made the day go as well as we could have ever hoped for. Thank you to Arizbeth, Jamie and the entire team who helped make our day memorable for all the right reasons
Alex & Ronan
Added 8th Oct 2022
Wedding 24th Sep 2022
We celebrated our big day at The Abbey and it was perfect! Arizbeth is so easy to work with and super accommodating to make sure everything will be perfect! We couldn’t be happier to have chosen the Abbey as our wedding venue, our guests were in love with it, the staff is so kind and nothing is too much for them. Our guests can’t stop talking about the amazing food. The Best man is a chef and even he said that the food was better than some of the 5 star restaurants! We weren’t sure if the food for the next day will be enough but omg sure it was and delicious again! Arizbeth and the team, thank you so much for helping us celebrating the best days of our lives. Myself and Ronan are so grateful we chose you to take part in our wedding! Thank you!
Added 25th Mar 2023
Wedding 17th Sep 2022
We were very lucky to have a Saturday date in September at this beautiful venue. The food and service were excellent. We loved the decor and almost every aspect of the day was seamless from start to end. Many thanks to Arizbeth and the catering team.
Added 21st Mar 2023
Wedding 10th Sep 2022
Amazing day from start to finish
Billy & Paul
Added 10th Oct 2022
Wedding 9th Sep 2022
We recently had our wedding at The Abbey and had the most amazing day. The venue itself is stunning and the bold colour choice on the walls lead to some exceptional photos. The chapel which can double as the room for the after party was the biggest icing on the cake for us, it is beyond beautiful and was the talk of the event. Arizbeth and the staff were impeccable both the night before and the day itself, everything went off without a hitch. We had so much fun with the staff with a special mention to a lady named Jamie who was so professional but I also had many a laugh with throughout the day. The timing bringing the food to the tables was so good it was almost a military presentation which was so impressive to watch. The food itself was beautiful and could not have been faulted. We chose Beef & Fish as an option which wouldn't normally be the most popular ( usually chicken) but the Sea bass was just so nice that even my 10yr old niece had it over the kids option. We didn't have to worry about any vendors or anything on the day, most of whom had been to the venue before but Arizbeth and the rest of the crew had everyone well looked after and informed on where they were setting up. There is one or two things which can improve the overall experience but definitely wouldn't stop me from recommending the venue to anyone. The general response time to e-mails and query's can be a little slow. After having our wedding I could probably put this down to how involved everyone is on a wedding day to make sure it is going perfectly but there was sometimes a week or so passing before a response was received so they could definitely benefit from having a dedicated person for general queries. No cancellation policy on the rooms - As payment is taken up front this was a big deal for a lot of our guests. I think since you pay to rent the venue exclusively there should be a minimum of a 48h cancellation policy as these rooms cannot be resold to the general public. It got quite messy when a guest couldn't make it we had to try and find another guest who had not booked yet and give the hotel their name instead and get them to pay us to pass back to the person who cancelled. We were offered a cancellation with a refund less an administration fee if the guest provided a doctors note for being sick etc but we felt that was a bit much and a general cancellation wasn't accepted. I think the introduction of a cancellation policy would greatly improve the situation as it put a bit of stress and onus on us as a couple to try and figure ways around it. I want to say the above is certainly not a complaint just some areas we felt that some slight improvements could make a big difference. Over all we had a fantastic pre wedding night and wedding day at the venue and want to thank Arizbeth and everyone for making our day so special.
Added 14th Sep 2022
Wedding 3rd Sep 2022
We got married in the Abbey and it was so brilliant! The venue is absolutely gorgeous, every space is amazing and so unique. The chapel really made it for me, it's beautiful. So many of our guests commented on the food and many said it was the best wedding meal they had ever had! Arizbeth and the team were so helpful throughout and were flexible to our requests throughout. I would highly recommend!
Eims O'Reilly
Added 13th Sep 2022
Wedding 13th Aug 2022
When we found the Abbey we absolutely fell in love. It ticks so many boxes - an exclusive use venue, one of a kind architecture and interior design, an absolutely delicious menu, easily accessible by car and public transport yet tucked away in its own private enclave, even a chapel with its own bar that doubles up as a dance floor at night! It's clear that they've lovingly and faithfully restored this former Abbey to its glory days whilst giving it a contemporary twist with a feel of luxury. On the day, we were blown away by the entire team's attention to detail, attentiveness, friendliness, and warmth, something that was remarked upon by so many of our guests. Cannot recommend this venue enough!
Kristen Mostowy
Added 17th Aug 2022
Wedding 8th Jun 2022
The Abbey was absolutely perfect. It truly made our wedding day magical. We planned it all from the United States and they made the entire process so easy.
Katie & Joel
Added 30th May 2022
Wedding 13th May 2022
We had our wedding at The Abbey on the 13th May and the day honestly could not have gone better. The venue is so beautiful, particularly the stunning chapel and we were delighted to have our ceremony in such a gorgeous setting. The courtyard and garden parlour were just ideal for the drinks reception where our guests could mingle together easily and the canapes were a massive hit with everybody. Dinner was absolutely delicious, all of our guests raved about the food, and the staff were incredibly attentive and responsive. Guest bedrooms are also fabulous, clean and modern and breakfast in the dining room was good too. Arizbeth and the wedding team were a huge help during the planning of the day, they couldn't do enough for us and last minute changes were handled smoothly and professionally. Thank you so much to everybody at The Abbey for making our day perfect!
Valerie and Giuseppe
Added 21st May 2022
Wedding 5th Apr 2022
Our wedding in the Abbey was purely a dream come true. From beginning to end it was a smooth and flawless process. The venue itself was wonderful! But the service was very well thought of too. The wedding team was very accommodating and helpful with our needs and requests and we couldn’t have asked for any more than this. Each and everyone went out of their way to create the wedding day we had in mind. Cheers to Arizbeth who’s the most amazing ever! 100% would recommend and we are already planning our anniversary in there!
Michael and Maeve
Added 19th Jan 2022
Wedding 27th Nov 2021
We could not have been happier with our wedding at The Abbey. Even though we booked it before the renovations had been completed, we were provided with enough information to really visualise the end product. And it matched up completely. The day was magical and from the beginning to the end and I truly felt that my every request was catered to immediately on the day. I cannot praise the team at The Abbey enough. Thank you again.
Joanne & Frank
Added 6th Feb 2022
Wedding 19th Nov 2021
To the team at The Abbey. We could not have envisaged in our wildest dreams how perfect our wedding day was. The venue was spectacular and ticked every box. The beautifully designed spaces offered us every opportunity to create our own bit of magic. From the chapel, to the garden room and last but not least the ballroom - every room was was just idyllic. We made use of all the event spaces and loved the element of surprise as our guests moved throughout the venue on the day. We viewed the Abbey during summer 2021. At the time it was undergoing its final stage of refurbishments. We knew straight away this was going to be our wedding venue! The stylish furniture, the chapel bar, parquet flooring… the list goes on. Every detail was just perfect. From the minute we arrived at the venue, the team led by Dermot and Arizbeth were amazing, so helpful, accommodating, personable and friendly. In particular their efficient and productive communications made the planning so seamless. They were that good that we didn't even know they were there on the day! The Abbey and all their team have created memories which we will cherish for the rest of our life. We could not recommend the Abbey enough for your special day!
Sacha Stanley
Added 2nd Dec 2021
Wedding 5th Nov 2021
After 20years together we decided in July to tie the knot and we really didnt want to delay in our planning so when we went to visit the abbey in August,we knew instantly that it was the venue for us and we didn't look any further. What really sold it for us was the restored chapel, we wanted a venue that catered for our service and reception, allowing for an easy flowing day,with no racing from a to b. The chapel ticked all the boxes and filled with loads of character with its beautifully restored stained glass windows and floor tiles but of course the cherry on cake for my husband was the bar that is tucked in around the corner from the alter. It really was a hidden treat for our guests as we had our service here and then later returned after our meal to dance the night away, making it the perfect multifunctional space. Aoife was our wedding co-ordinator and honestly you won't meet a more warm and helpful lady. There was nothing we asked for that was an issue and on the day of the wedding their attention to detail was second to none. Being a new venue I was a little concerned not having had any reviews about the service and food, there was certainly no need to be worried.The food was melt in your mouth especially the slow cooked short rib beef,our guests are still raving about it. There was plenty of staff to look after our guests, again they were genuinely so attentive, polite and well presented. The Abbey is truly unique, it will always have a special place in our hearts as we couldnt of asked for a more perfect day for our wedding. With out a doubt we would highly recommend to anyone to hold their wedding there,as you and guests will be charmed by it just like we were.
Catriona Mc Carney
Added 13th Oct 2021
Wedding 9th Oct 2021
Dermot, Arizbeth and Aofie in the Abbey were out of this world nothing was to much trouble always on hand or at the end of the phone. The venue is breath taking just Perfect in every way possible. We would highly recommend it. We hope to be back to do a family event there next year it was that good
Elaine & Michael Brophy
Added 25th Sep 2021
Wedding 18th Sep 2021
We booked The Abbey after being let down by another venue and we are delighted that we did, it was one of the best decisions that we have ever made. As this is an exclusive wedding and events venue, the attention is fully focused on tailoring the day to your every need. Arizabeth, Dermot and Aoife are a joy to deal with and go above and beyond. The venue itself is unique and all of our guests were completely blown away by its beauty and history (Aoife knows her stuff!). We could not recommend them enough and wish we could have our day all over again. Thank you.
Added 27th Aug 2021
Wedding 13th Aug 2021
I definitely recommend this place to anyone planning a wedding. They made us feel so special during all the appointments and the big day. Arizbeth is amazing. From the beginning, she worked with us to make the day as perfect as it could be and took care that everything was running smoothly on the big day. The venue itself is great as well; the rooms are big and spacious. And the bridal suite is like a dream. Our guests praised them the next day. The rest of the building is spacious and beautifully decored. Thank you so much to the team for such an amazing day.
Added 20th Aug 2021
Wedding 13th Aug 2021
On the wedding day everything was phenomenal, even better than we expected. The Abbey staff were attentive to all the details and are very friendly. Arizbeth is a great professional who was aware of everything and helped us a lot, she was a fundamental piece so that everything went perfect. The only problem is that during the preparation there were things that were not sufficiently clear, such as if the chapel and the dining room tables were going to be decorated with flowers and that we could not go in person the week before to finalize details. These problems I think are due to lack of experience and, may be, the covid situation. However, it is a magnificent and beautiful place that I recommend to any couple.
Michelle Williams
Added 6th Aug 2021
Wedding 31st Jul 2021
Attention to virtually every detail was paid to our event by the entire staff. They were warm and welcoming and eager to make sure that our day went perfect. Rooms were sparkling clean and comfortably appointed. We loved the way the venue appeared in our photos and will treasure them for years to come. Thanks!!
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