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Boyle Abbey

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

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Beautiful abbey - pity about the conservatory

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 6, 2014
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Galway, Ireland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

A big fan of anything crumbling and old, Boyle Abbey is one of many abbeys in Ireland I have explored, and while most of them are free to the public, it's worth paying a little extra for this one. While no comparison in size to many abbeys, Boyle hosts some of the best preserved stone carvings in Ireland. Used at... More 

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Greenwood, South Carolina
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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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11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
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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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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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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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12 helpful votes 12 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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4 helpful votes 4 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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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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