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Boyle Abbey

Boyle, Ireland
353-79-62604, 353-79-62145
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Ranked #6 of 13 Attractions in Boyle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Greenwood, South Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Very nicely kept ruin with good walk ways to see the beautiful architecture and site. The entrance fee is well spend.

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Stourbridge United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We took the guided tour of this attraction and found it very interesting The ruins are now sheltered by glass which makes the tour more pleasant if the weather is wet. We visited on a sunny day where the glass had the opposite effect. There is a lot to see if you have an interest in history

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Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

great value, not enough time to really absorb it all, will be back for more. brilliant history boards, a must for students. staff were passionate and knowledgeable

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The carvings are the major highlight here--they have a great handout that you can use to play scavenger hunt with your kids. And if you have time (and no small kids in tow) you can contemplate the evolution from Romanesque to Gothic within the same structure... and read the fascinating article on the early (pre-1600s) Irish Parliament.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Out of all the sights and tours we visited during our vacation throughout Ireland and Scotland, the Boyle Abbey guided tour was our favorite. We had a wonderful personal tour of the entire abbey with a detailed history and explanation as we walked throughout the site. The interesting tour was totally worth the admission price, which was a steal at... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It's hard to believe this abbey was founded in 1161. The abbey has been carefully preserved and enhanced with a protective glass atrium. The grounds and river setting are maginficant.

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Trim, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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138 reviews 138 reviews
46 attraction reviews
319 helpful votes 319 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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