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Boyle Abbey

Boyle, Ireland
353-79-62604, 353-79-62145
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Boyle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Trim, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Gives a distinct impression of what the Abbey was like when first built back in the 12th century. All of the information that was on offer was quite detailed and really interesting. Two adults and three teenagers captivated for an hour. Who needs wifi!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A most impressive ancient ruin dating from the 10th century in the quiet streets of Boyle, near Carrick-on-Shannon. The remnants of the Abbey feature magnificient arches and a mix of romanesque and gothic styles. The carvings at the column heads are very well preserved, and it was interesting to note that while most represented Christian symbols, the masons managed to... More

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Dublin, Ireland
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The site which dates from the 12th C is very well preserved and well run by the team from the Office of Public Works. After 400 years as a Cistercian monastic site (their second site in Ireland) it became a military barracks. There is lots to see within the Abbey and the staff are very well informed and enthusiastic. For... More

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
45 attraction reviews
312 helpful votes 312 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My fellow guest told me that it wasn't worth paying the entry fee (3euros), to see the Abbey, as "you can see it all from the road". But my hostess at Lough Key House urged me to visit, and I am so glad I took her advice! There are many interesting features inside the abbey, some beautiful detail on the... More

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Long Valley, NJ
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17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We found Boyle Abbey to be truly fascinating primarily because of our guide, Tony. Tony was a former school teacher and was well versed in telling the history of the place. He was also great in interacting with our teenage kids keeping them engaged throughout. You can really tell he enjoys having to share the wonders of the abbey. Big... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We were late for our tour. Eugene stayed for us, took us on a personal tour and waited for us to finish up before he finally left for lunch. He also gave our driver a great recommendation for us to have lunch. The Abbey was fantastic and learning the origin of "waiting at death's door" was awesome. Although I expect... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Had a morning stroll on the grounds of this beautiful abbey, it is worth a quick stop if you are passing but you would not spend much time here.

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Huntington, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

We visited on a partly sunny day. The Abbey was amazing. Formal gardens were indescribable. Highly recommend even though it is a hot tourist attraction. Lots of people but never the feel of over crowding. Something for everyone.

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Top Contributor
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94 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Of the Cistercian abbeys in Ireland, Boyle Abbey is by no means in as good of condition as some others (4 stars); however, thanks to our OPW tour guide, Eugene, it was a 5 star visit. He gave us a detailed, often humorous narration through the grounds. Worth the short diversion off the N4.

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Slane, Ireland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This was an interesting way to spend a hour. Some wonderful features in this old Abbey and a colourful history to match. Toby was the guide and a knowledgeable one at that. While the gentleman at the entrance was a font of information and more than happy to share it.

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