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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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Fantastic Carvings

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 25, 2014
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Galway, Ireland
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Strokestown, Ireland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Boyle abbey is an excellent example of an early Cistercian monastery in Ireland. However, the site is not utilised to its full potential and there has been ongoing reconstructive work here that never seems to be finished. There is an ugly new glass and steel building that has been built inside the abbey, which is a huge pity as it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We have to admit that one of the reasons we went to Boyle was because we're huge fans of Moone Boy and wanted to see where it was filmed. We found the Abbey in the pouring rain, but didn't care. This place is so interesting! They have built a glass wall on one side of the sanctuary to mimic the... More 

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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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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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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 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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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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