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Address: Boyle, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-79-62604, 353-79-62145

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Stepping back in time

Preservation rather than restoration is the key to the Boyle Cistercian Abbey, founded between 1148-1161. The tour is self-guided, but the comes with 2 well-written information... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Preservation rather than restoration is the key to the Boyle Cistercian Abbey, founded between 1148-1161. The tour is self-guided, but the comes with 2 well-written information and photo sheets to help you along. The visitor's center has lots of information and a nice model of what the abbey would have looked like originally. Outside the ticket office are signs explaining... More 

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Ormstown, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Very informative visitor's centre. Enjoyed walking through the ruins of this old Abbey and felt the sacred atmosphere. They have done a great job and continue with improvements. Would love to return again.

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Labadie, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This was a great place to visit. It has a lot of history about the building and it purpose. There were several rooms to visit and they had stairs or elevators to get from one floor to the other. As you approached a picture or statue it would begin to tell you all about what you were looking at. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Boyle Abbey, in Boyle, Ireland is an impressive example of a Cistercian Monastery, built in the 12th century.A self-guided tour takes you through the newly preserved areas of the structure, with interpretive models and information along the way. Intriguing carved figures still exist and are fun to locate. We always wonder at the technical expertise needed to create such a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The highlight of the abbey is definitely the carving on the pillars. This subtle point is well explained by the guide pamphlet. The abbey was converted to a home in the 17th century, but it still has significant abbey worthiness. We happened to luck out by arriving on the first Wednesday of the month when the admission was free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We (two ladies) visited Boyle Abbey on a cold wet May morning. The entrance fee was only €4, or €3 for concession. Very reasonable. We opted to wait for about 10 minutes for the guided tour, and it was well worth the wait. An excellent tour with very interesting facts and dates. Thank you Christine.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We opted for the self-guided tour, but for the same price (€4) you could also have a guide lead you through. Christine at the visitor's center gave us a great introduction then we walked around ourselves. The abbey recently underwent a restoration that places a glass enclosure on the one exterior wall, which we were actually glad for since it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Boyle abbey is an excellent example of an early Cistercian monastery in Ireland. However, the site is not utilised to its full potential and there has been ongoing reconstructive work here that never seems to be finished. There is an ugly new glass and steel building that has been built inside the abbey, which is a huge pity as it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We have to admit that one of the reasons we went to Boyle was because we're huge fans of Moone Boy and wanted to see where it was filmed. We found the Abbey in the pouring rain, but didn't care. This place is so interesting! They have built a glass wall on one side of the sanctuary to mimic the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

Boyle Abbey is one of the best preserved abbeys of this period in Ireland. A glass and steel conservatory appears to be under construction on the west side of the nave arcade. Perhaps it tries to replicate an aisle which existed at some time in the past- but the precise glass and steel materials seem wrong. The building should be... More 

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Address: Address: Boyle, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-79-62604, 353-79-62145
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Roscommon  >  Boyle

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