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Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey)

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Address: The Quay, Donegal Town, Ireland
Description: The ruins of a Franciscan monastery founded in 1474.

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Peaceful and nice views

A peaceful place with some good views over the lake and a nice place to walk around to see the ruins. we spent about 30 minutes here and it's located near the centre.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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192 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

A peaceful place with some good views over the lake and a nice place to walk around to see the ruins. we spent about 30 minutes here and it's located near the centre.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The Abby was very old some parts falling down but very interesting reading about the Friars and this they lost the Abby to the English then got it back again and seeing the gravestones

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Freeport, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Just the ruins of an old Abbey. No tour or even literature. In truth, the most interesting parts were the old headstones. The earliest I could find and still read was 1764. The graveyard must still be in use because many of the headstones were recent.

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Dallas, Texas
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60 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We were here as the sun was setting and it was awe inspiring. Walking around and reading the ancient headstones made you stop and think about the people who were there so many years ago.

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Leitrim, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

i must say staff lovely and friendly.met with some friends was in no hurry to leave, will call again.

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Castlelyons
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We took a lovely evening stroll around the Abbey. It was fascinating to look at the ruins. We read a lot of the gravestone and it made you very aware of the different times. Very sad to see all the graves of kids and babies. The whole site is steeped in history and all in all, a lovely place.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

The graveyard give so much local social history as well as history of the abbey. Well worth a visit. Great Scenery of the lough as well

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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

The Abbey is just a set of ruins near the water. There are placards explaining the history dispersed throughout the ruins. The walking can be a bit difficult, although there are stairs for going up and down, and a sidewalk, but it did not appear to be handicapped friendly.

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Donegal Town, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

was very interesting to learn about the history of this place and on a nice day its hard to beat the view

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Just down from the tourist office, it's very worthwhile visiting this very atmospheric spot - you'll have some lovely photos overlooking the bay to take back home. On the subject of the tourist office, their staff really go out of their way to help - I got a lot of help with ancestry research - could have spent a lot... More 

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