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Glenstal Abbey

Muroe Road, Ireland
353 61 386103
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Parks
Owner description: Built in 1830 in the style of a 12th century castle as an expansive family residence, with elaborate landscaping of trees and man-made lakes, Glenstal... more » Owner description: Built in 1830 in the style of a 12th century castle as an expansive family residence, with elaborate landscaping of trees and man-made lakes, Glenstal became a Bendictine abbey when the family moved to England in 1920. Today it includes a school of arts and crafts and a new church which houses a collection icons, silver and other treasures. « less
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Clearwater
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Sunday Mass at 10 .30 am is a perfect way to start your day at Glenstal Abbey. After Mass we were treated to coffee and delicious scones with fresh cream - visited the shop stocked with wonderful books, artifacts and homemade jams etc. Take a tour of the amazing Icon collection before walking in the pristine gardens. A great morning... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

My Mum and I visited one afternoon in June. We were luck with the weather and the grounds looked stunning on the drive to the Abbey. We attended a midday service in the chapel and then went on to walk through the grounds. We enjoyed wandering around, soaking up the peaceful atmosphere. On the way out we visited the gift... More

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Limerick, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I stayed here as a solo for one night. I had been busy lately so wanted to find a place to unwind and catch up with my self. I have friends who had stayed here and all had given positive reviews of the place. On entering the colourful grounds on a rainy and humid summer evening, I was welcomed by... More

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Drogheda, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

I have just spent a wonderful weekend in Glenstal Abbey for the second time. I never want to leave it when it is time to come away. Myself and my friend Pauline enjoyed Christopher's porridge, and the brown bread, but also he showed us how to boil eggs properly with the lid on the saucepan. He is a wonderful priest... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

My Husband and I stayed for Three Nights in August 2013 and it is a wonderful place to refresh ,Mind, Body and Soul. The Guest Master Fr. Christopher is so welcoming and goes out of his way to help everyone, Making a Lovely Porridge each morning for Breakfast .Food was lovely home cooked and was so lovely to eat with... More

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Willunga, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

A beautiful location to decompress and wander around beautiful gardens. Prayers and songs for the hours of the day and joining the monks for Vespers was a real treat. If you want a quiet day to reflect and reconnect this is the place to do it! Shop is abundant with music and books from the Abbey. Home to the wonderful... More

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Mullingar
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68 reviews 68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Just home having spent 2 nights at the Guest House at Glenstal Abbey. It was a wonderful experience. The Guest House which is just a one part of the complex is perfectly designed the bedrooms are simple and finished perfectly. The beds are great and the white cotton bed linen and duvets are top quality. While staying one can join... More

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Raleigh
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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2011

For Catholics (or others) seeking respite in simple surroundings, a few days next to the monastic community at Glenstal Abbey may be just the thing. We stayed for a single night in the Guesthouse at Glenstal. Abbot Christopher was a most pleasant host who informed us of the various liturgies and goings on of the day but allowed us to... More

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Lancaster, TX
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2008

Glenstal Abbey was the first stop my husband and I made on our 2006 trip to Ireland, and it was the perfect place to rest after our long journey from Texas. Glenstal is a Benedictine monastery located just about an hour's drive from Shannon Airport, 12 miles east of Limerick City. The 500 acre grounds are beautifully landscaped - some... More

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