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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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Quaint & Spiritual; Boyle

Boyle Abbey is a 'must see' cistercian ruin, built on the shores of Boyle River, there's a truly spiritual atmosphere and the guided tour is really worthwhile. Within walking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Boyle Abbey is a 'must see' cistercian ruin, built on the shores of Boyle River, there's a truly spiritual atmosphere and the guided tour is really worthwhile. Within walking distance of Boyle where King House is much loved by children of all ages, the pleasure grounds has a great playground, there are lovely coffee shops, pubs and restaurants in this... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

You should better stay on the road between Sligo and Castlebar. You see most of it from the road on 2 sides.

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Toledo, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We spent a morning there (free admission for senior citizens on Wednesdays) and were quite impressed. There is just a shell of the Abbey now, but it is so interesting to take an up-close look at where everything would have been in the Abbey's hey-day. We enjoyed the carvings on the walls and learning about the Abbey's history. The fellow... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

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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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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