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Boyle Abbey

Boyle, Ireland
353-79-62604, 353-79-62145
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Ranked #5 of 12 attractions in Boyle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins
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English first
Guernsey, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
44 attraction reviews
306 helpful votes 306 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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GREEN BAY
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309 reviews 309 reviews
85 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
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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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Jackson, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

The history of Boyle Abby. I was in awe of the structures remains. We walked all around. Had a nice visit with the gentleman who sold tickets.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We arrived kind of late in the day but were welcomed warmly. This is a beautiful abbey and we ended up spending well over an hour walking through the grounds. Amazing stonework.

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Ireland
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73 reviews 73 reviews
13 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Boyle Abbey has been saved from crumbling by very clever conservation measures. The ruin is a huge structure on the banks of the River Boyle. Its importance in its day is obvious. Its importance today has been underscored by the glass walkway and the careful conservation work undertaken by the Board of Works. It is open to the public and... More

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